How to build aviaries
The free aviary plan is a simple aviary to build. Bird aviary plans can be modified
before and during the construction of the bird aviary. Bird aviary plans are free
Heating for your birds is easy with the pet heater displayed on this web site.
The small heater is weather proof and safe for warming your bird aviary.
CONTROLLING RODENTS AROUND YOUR AVIARY
Aviaries situated outside will attract rodents and other unwanted pests.
Maintaining hygiene in the aviary
and easy access to rodent holes must be considered before construction of the bird aviary plan commences.
The simplest & most effective ways of creating a clean, vermin
resistant area is elevating the bird aviary floor from the ground
ELEVATING bird aviaries
Elevating aviaries from ground contact reduces the nesting areas for rodents. Baiting and removal of rodent nests will be easier.
The clearance height of the bird aviary floor should have sufficient space to allow for baiting.
Poison used for baiting MUST be in an area that has no access to pets and children.
The bird aviary will be relatively light and can be supported from the ground with bricks or similar stumps. If permanent support stumps are required these should be located in areas with no under ground obstructions.
Prevailing winds must be taken into account. Position the back
panel of the aviary facing into consistent wind.
Location for the bird aviary must allow
for your visual enjoyment of the enclosed pets.
THE AVIARY PLAN
To build the aviary we have selected the aviary base as the easiest starting point. Base measurements of the bird aviary will become the template and guide to all the measurements of the bird aviary. Building the aviary plan with measurements that originate from the base measurements of your choice ensures
a quality bird aviary.
Base measurements should be square or rectangular. If you require a bird aviary plan with tapered sides the level of difficulty constructing the bird aviary will increase. Mark each panels edge with numbers from the aviary plan to simplify assembling of the bird aviary.
Sandpaper will remove the numbers at the completion of the bird aviary
THE BIRD AVIARY BASE
a1 & a2 is the end measurements of a rectangular
a3 & a4 is for the sides of the base
( the "SIDE" of the panel connects to the
base and roof of a rectangular aviary. )
A5 & A6 - the ends of the bird aviary side 1
A7 & A8 - the SIDE of the bird aviary side 1
A9 & A10 - the ends of the bird aviary side 2
A11 & A12 - the SIDE of the bird aviary side 2
AVIARY FRONT & BACK PANEL
( "SIDE" connects to base and roof )
A13 & A14 - the ends of the bird aviary front panel
A15 & A16 - the SIDE of the bird aviary front panel
A17 & A18 - the ends of the bird aviary back panel
A19 & A20 - the SIDE of the bird aviary back panel
ROOF OF BIRD AVIARY
( aviary roof connects to "SIDE" of wall panels )
A21 & A22 - the ends of the bird aviary roof
A23 & A24 - the SIDE of the bird aviary roof
weather proof aviary heater for your new bird aviary
ALL BIRDS FEEL THE COLD IN WINTER WEATHER
Aviary heaters are ideal for warming your pets.
Aviary heater may be positioned close to the birds nesting box or used as a heated perch.
Pet heaters produces a "safe temperature" that will not burn your birds.
Bird heaters can be exposed to any weather. Insulation built into the heater ensures the small pet heater can be safely
operated in most harsh areas.
An automatic thermostat regulates the preset temperature range. Controls for the aviary heater are
internal and cannot be accidentally altered by your pets.
The bird heater can be mounted in any position
Cleaning the heater is
an easy choir. A simple wipe down with a damp cloth will remove built up deposits.
Bird aviary heaters are available here
how to build aviaries plans
The following measurements for the bird aviary allows for an adequate roof over hang that protects your pets and aviary from the weather. Make adjustments on the measurements to compensate for a rising and setting sun plus rain drifts created by prevailing winds. A roof slant should also be considered for areas that experience heavy rain or snowfall. Direct the flow towards an area
that has adequate drainage.
DO NOT ALLOW THE UNDER FLOOR AREA
OF YOUR AVIARY TO BECOME DAMP
A21/A22 - larger by approximately 30%
A23/A24 - larger by approximately 20%
Building an aviary
Before cutting the aviary panels check the measurements of all panels and set out a cutting pattern that leaves minimum waste. Use templates whenever possible to build the birds aviary.
This reduces mistakes and improve the quality of the finished bird aviary.
Use the first side of the bird aviary panel as a template to mark out the second side if both panels are similar.
Grain of the
plywood panels must face the same way to produce a quality finish for the aviary's exterior if a lacquer or stained finish is used
Bird aviary plan
Select plywood sheets that has an exterior grade classification. The panels must not be treated with any chemicals that are toxic for your small birds unless a protective interior liner is fitted to the bird aviary.
Chemicals are often used as a preservative and may be poisonous for birds that attack the timber panels.
material and fittings required to build a bird aviary
Exposure to high winds and snow will require an aviary framed with timber that can withstand severe weather. Bird numbers and the height of the aviary plus how often entry is required will determine the final selection of framing timber. A rectangular or square bird aviary plan will require timber to line the inside of the base edges, sides and top edges of the aviary roof. Long aviaries will require extra timber for support posts and noggins.
For maximum strength and professional appearance angle cuts are superior to butt joints for the aviary framing.
If there is any movement in an aviary constructed with panels a suitable amount of framing is required to stiffen the structure.
aviary doors and windows
The simplest method of building an aviary is to construct a box designed to your measurements and use cardboard cutouts shaped for doors and windows. Place cut outs onto the aviary panel and mark the outline with a pencil. Remove template & check if positioning of the door/window is suitable.
Drill a small hole on the edge of the template outline and remove the panel section with a small saw
A perch for your small pets is an important part of the aviary's equipment.
We have weather proof "heated" perches.
Please visit this page for more information.
Use only galvanized nails and screws with a protective coating for building the bird aviary.
Contact adhesives that are water proof can be used in the construction of the aviary framing. An aviary entrance should not rely solely on an adhesive due to constant door impacts.
Do not use paint that contains lead. This type of paint is hazardous for your birds.
Dress all joints & surfaces. Remove rough edges & exposed nails.
build a aviary
If galvanized or zinc mesh wire is to be used for the aviary plan a mesh wiring that has been electroplated with a galvanized or zinc coating should be selected. The majority of mesh wiring on the market has been dipped into a galvanizing bath. Birds can get zinc or lead poisoning from galvanized wire mesh.
insulating a birds aviary
To insulate the birds aviary tar paper can be used to line the interior of the aviary. Insulation batts can also be used for the aviaries insulation but the insulation must be cut to fit between the aviary's framing. Both forms of insulating material require liners to protect insulation from bird attacks.
An aviary heater with heat flow control. Birds can safely perch on the small aviary heater.
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To build and heat a birds aviary and small pets enclosure the materials you use will be the deciding factor on the useful life of the aviary. The use of any material that has been coated or treated with any chemicals that may be toxic to your pet should be avoided.Pets cannot be constantly supervised and it is not unusual for them to attack their enclosures and resting areas.
Pet heaters that are used to warm the aviary and all other appliances that have an electrical supply to the pets home must have all electrical leads positioned in a safe and dry area.
When constructing a heated aviary, aviaries, bird home or bird box organize the positioning of the pets home and all electrical leads and connections before construction of the the heated birds home.
The bird heater and pet heaters displayed on this web site are weather proof but all connecting leads must be placed in a safe and dry area.
Face the opening of the aviary away from any prevailing winds.
When using any tools be sure that the proper safety equipment and safety procedures are used at all times.
Read and understand all instruction books that are supplied with any tools and always maintain a clean and safe working area.
Never work around children or unrestrained pets or let them in the work area unsupervised.
The free aviary and aviaries plans and heating a birds aviary plans are for personal use only. All the plans been built and tested for strength and operation and to my knowledge they are correct and accurate. The plans are supplied without warranties and guarantee and you acknowledge that you use them and operate all tools and equipment at your sole risk.
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