How to build aviaries
The free aviary plan is a simple and easy aviary to build. Bird aviary plans can be modified before building and during construction of the bird aviary.
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Heating for your birds is easy with the pet heater displayed on this web page.
The heater is weather proof and safe for warming an aviary
An aviary situated outside will attract rodents and other unwanted pests.
Maintaining hygiene in the aviary must be considered before construction starts.
The simplest and most effective ways of creating a clean, vermin resistant area is to elevate the birds aviary floor from the ground.
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 floor must be sufficient to allow for effective baiting. Poison used for baiting must be positioned in an area that has no access for pets and children.
The aviary plan
To build the aviary the base measurements of the bird aviary is the template and guide to all the following measurements. Building the aviary plan will commence with measurements that originate from the base measurements of the aviary plan.
a1 & a2 This measurement will be the ends of the aviary roof.
Mark each panel side with the corresponding number of the aviary panel. This will simplify the assembling of the bird aviary.
a3 & a4 the length of the sides of the aviary roof
a5 & a6 is the end measurement of the aviary base
a7 & a8 is the measurement for the sides of the aviary base
b1 & b2 = the ends of the bird aviary side 1
Birds feel the cold in the winter
Aviary heaters are ideal for keeping your pets warm and comfortable.
The aviary heater can be positioned close to the birds nesting box or used as a heated perch. It will only reach a warm temperature that will not burn your birds.
Ceramic heating coils are positioned within the shell of the aviary heater. The coils have no contact with the outer casing.
Bird heaters can be exposed to any weather. Insulation built into the heater ensures it 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 or used free standing
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
The aviary plan has the base measurements as a template. Use the base measurements of the bird aviary as a guide for all of the following measurements.
The plans can be modified during construction. Adjustments must also be made to all following measurements of the aviary plans if a modification is required.
- B3+B4 is = for the sides of the aviaries side 1
- B5+B6 is = for the ends of the aviaries side 2
- B7+B8 is = for the sides of the aviaries side 2
- C1+C2 is = for the ends of the aviaries back
- C3+C4 is = for the sides of the aviaries back
- C5+C6 is = for the ends of the aviaries front
- C7+C8 is = for the sides of the aviaries front
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To build the aviary follow all measurements that are used for the base
A1/A2 = to each other but larger than A5/A6 by approximately 20%
A3/A4 = to each other but larger than A7/A8 by approximately 40%
A5/A6 = the same measurements, both measurements are equal.
A7/A8 = the same measurements, both measurements are equal.
Building a aviary
The base of the birds aviary is the first piece of plywood cut to size.
All measurements will be decided by the amount of birds the aviary will house.
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- B1 is the height of the aviary keeper plus 20%
- B2 is the height of B1 plus 20%
- B3 Draw a line connecting the edges of B1 and B2 after putting in B4
- B4 Equal measurements to the A7/A8 edges
- B1/B5 .. B2/B6 .. B3/B8 .. B4/B7 Equal measurements to each side
BIRD AVIARIES: cut out the first side of the bird aviary
Before cutting the aviary panel check the measurements of all aviary panels and set out a cutting pattern that leaves minimum waste.
B1/B2/B3/B4 are the measurements of the first side. Templates are used to build the birds aviary.
Use the first side of the bird aviary panel as a template to mark out the second side B5/B6/B7/B8.
The grain of the plywood panels must all face the same way to produce a quality finish for the aviary's exterior if a lacquer finish is to be used
C1/C2 are equal measurements to A5 PLUS twice the thickness of the plywood being used for the sides of the aviary.
C3/C4 are equal measurements to B1/B5 All the measurements are the same.
C5/C6 are equal measurements to A5 plus twice the thickness of the plywood being used for the sides of the aviary.
C7/C8 are equal measurements to B2/B6 All the measurements are the same.
Bird aviary plan
Select plywood sheets with an exterior grade classification. The panels must not been treated with any chemicals that may be toxic for your birds.
Plywood treated with any chemical should be avoided. Chemicals are often used as a preservative and may be poisonous for birds that attack the timber panels.
material to build a bird aviary
Timber for the aviary framing should be two inches ( 50 millimeters ) x three inches ( 75 millimeters ). The measurements will vary according to local conditions and type of roofing material that is to be used to build the 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.
The amount of timber framing required to build the aviary will vary for modifications made to the aviary's plan.
An unaltered 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 be required extra timber for support posts and noggins.
Perches for your pet are 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 assembling the 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.
Do not use paint that contains lead. This metal is hazardous for your birds.
Dress all joints and exposed surfaces. Remove all rough edges and exposed nails.
BUILD A BIRD AVIARY
The base is the first ply wood panel cut to the predetermined dimensions
For maximum strength and professional appearance angle cuts are superior to butt joints.
Place the timber runners in their correct positions. Fix the sides to the aviary base always keeping the side flush with the base panel under side.
Position and fit the upright corner pieces of the timber framing to the side edges of the aviary. If the bird aviary is wide or long the center supporting frame work and noggins will need to be fixed at this stage of the aviary's construction.
The aviary's back panel is the next panel fitted to the base.
Ensure that the back panel sits flush to the outside of the plywood sides and the base underside.
The back aviary panel will strengthen the aviary. Check all measurements and make suitable alterations if the structure is flimsy.
Hold the window template in the correct position against the aviary wall.
With a pencil draw the shape onto the selected area and cut out the window.
If there is movement in the wall make a timber frame for the bird aviary window.
- Fit the front of the aviary keeping the edges flush with the sides and base.
- Place the roof of the aviary in position and space any over hang evenly.
- To fit a window to the aviary use a piece of cardboard for a template.
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The door or entry hatch for the birds aviary can be fitted in the same way as the window. Position the windows or door frame between existing internal framing.
If galvanized or zinc mesh wire is to be used for the bird house 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 they must be cut to fit between the aviary's framing. Both forms of insulating material will need a liner to protect the insulation from attacks by your birds.
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 commencing 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.
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