For 5 pigeons, how big should aviary be?

by Christina
(Victoria, Australia)

Hello, how are you going? :-) I want to adopt 5 homeles pigeons from the local animal shelter. I want them to live in our backyard and I will look after them forever. Is it true what I heard that if I just put them straight in the backyard, they will fly away, so I have to keep them in an aviary for one month first, and then I can let them out and they will then stay. Is that true? Also, what size aviary would I need to keep these 5 pigeons in, so they would be happy and comfortable. Thanks heaps for your time, I do appreciate it a lot :-)

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Mar 28, 2010
Thanks heaps
by: Christina

Hello, and thanks heaps for your answer :-) I was just going to buy a big aviary and put them in there for a month and feed them and give them water daily, and play with them daily. I guess that is not enough huh? It is Winter here soon, and I had not thought of the fact that they will get cold in there

Mar 26, 2010
For 5 pigeons, how big should aviary be?
by: Linda

First of all, allow me to commend your big heart!

However, it is not going to be as easy as you think and NOT CHEAP. If these birds have never been wild, then they cannot be "let go" outside. It is illegal to release this many birds as they will compete with established wild birds and die from inclement weather.It takes several seasons to acclimate inside birds to outside. Size of the aviary needs to be at least 20-25 minimum feet length and width to give them plenty of space to fly. It can go much larger depending on money and time. They will need part of the back built as a house or coop. Inside this area needs to be perches, light and feeding stations for inclement weather. Your coop will need to have electricity and supplemental heat for the winter in the form of one set of full spectrum lights and several no light emitter bulbs that screw into regular sockets. Full spectrum lights are are found at Drs. Foster & Smith, and they may also have the no light emitter heat bulbs, and the fixtures and bulbs have to be caged in hardware cloth to keep birds from flying into them. All cords have to be put into sleeves and out of the way. This coop area does not need to be large enough for flight, just large enough for 5 birds to rest, eat and drink comfortably.

Your outside part needs to be made of hardware cloth about 1" square or smaller. Beware of larger wire cloth because if birds can get their heads through it, they can hurt themselves including death. A concrete floor needs to be poured with drainage built into it so it can be hosed down. Outside wire needs to be in a small curb of concrete to help keep out mice and rats.In summer, outside needs to be covered with screening to keep out bugs, mosquitos and bees.

Lastly, you will need to take all birds to an Avian Vet to be checked for infections--viral and bacterial or any disease communicable to humans like pscittacosis. They need a good bill of health to make sure they are not sick which they probably are.

So, this is not going to be easy or cheap for you and family. Your heart is in right place, and you need to make sure you have their set up correct or all is for nothing.

Do more research on internet about all the materials you'll need BEFORE you commit to taking them as this venture is going to cost a lot of money and has to be done properly or not at all.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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