4 x 3 metre Mixed Habitat Avairy
by Bev Law
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.