4 x 3 metre Mixed Habitat Avairy

by Bev Law
(Perth, Australia)

Hi Team:

I have a hodge podge collection of birds that have come to me through every means but purchase, so unfortunatley I never had the luxury of choice.
While everyone's in for the winter I have built a Habitat Avairy for one lot & a smaller 8ft x 4ft habitat for 4 finches (learnt the hard way not to house budgies with finch. RIP Finch the finch)- What a difference a year makes.

None of my birds match. I have three newly fledged Chinese painted Quail brothers (who incidentally call out and keep me up in the night, dear lord when does that stop?), I am intending to move them in with my 2 female budgies (3 & 5 years) a newly fledged Turquoisine Parrot and also a young male Rosa Bourke Parrot. It is heavily planted with flight space, mound for the rain, shallow dry river bed - that sort of thing. I will be putting an excess of nest homes for inclement weather, they still will be in for the tough part of summer & winter.

I have read the related pieces on your site and see that you discourage mixing. I'm hoping there wont be spontaneous bird combustion when we get to the great outdoors in the Australian spring.

The winter is is providing an extended introduction period as the cages indoors are lined up in full view of each other. There are no outward signs of aggression after a month. In fact it appears too good to be true (touch all the wood in the new avairy!)

I guess I hope the space I have made will assist in the transition while I pray no more need a home and end up at my door. Birds - they're not just forever, they're for Christmas you know.

Even if you don't post this I would so love to hear your opinion. Thank you.

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Jun 10, 2010
4 x 3 metre Mixed Habitat Avairy
by: Linda

Well, happily enough, I think you're on the right track here, and applaud your efforts with bird rescue. We need many, many more like you. People not only willing to open their homes to some of these sad little creatures, but to build a nice, large flight for them.

I'm familiar with the budgies and the Bourkes, but not the Tourq parrot. If the birds are of roughly the same size and same part of the world, they will do okay together. Trouble happens when people mix up birds of different species from different parts of the world, i.e. South American, Asian, Australian, African and Central America. Those from South and Central America usually get along okay, but when someone mixes up the others there will be big trouble. Some parrots from diff parts of the world won't even breed in close proximity to those they consider foreigners. It also DOES NOT MATTER if the birds were born in captivity or not as they bring with them their own unique genetic patterns from their countries of original origin. Parrots are wild and will remain wild regardless of upbringing.

The only advice I feel you may need to hear is to be very careful to not get too many birds. I know it may mean you have to turn down some, so try and find other homes for those you cannot take. What happens with big hearted people like you, is they take on too many birds and end up not being able to feed and vet them as they should be. Not saying you are doing that, and too many birds are too many. I know, as I've been there, done that and even have a t-shirt for it! Just take in what is comfortable for you to feed and vet and clean up after.

Reach out for help from other people for the ones you cannot manage because eventually, even the largest aviary becomes overcrowded and fighting and sickness will abound. Start to reach out now and begin to find some people willing to learn from you and become part of your bird rescue work. Your friends, or people they know. Outreach is the most important part of rescue as we can never take in all the birds, dogs and cats needing decent homes. You may consider getting together an email mailing list to send to all your contacts when a new bird shows up and needs a home. Best of luck on getting together a comprehensive list of people willing to help out. They can even help out temporarily while you are looking for permanent homes for the birds which is called fostering. Many possibilities here, and you'll find this aspect of the work both rewarding and sometimes frustrating. Don't give up, just keep on keeping on.

Thanks for writing, and you are very much appreciated, and your work is honored and respected.


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