out side avairy in winter

by Frank Shapira
( Prince Frederick, MD)

Can parakeets and finches be housed together in a large outside avairy throught the year in Maryland?

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Feb 06, 2011
1st year outside
by: marcia

i wrote last back in July [comments above]. No,I never meant I would keep my keets and finches in same flight! anyway, I have a large outside flight with my diamond doves and zebras. the flight is wrapped in plastic sheeting and has an oil filled ele. heater when needed. not only are they doing great, but they are breeding up a storm. tonight it is about 25 degees, and has been as cold as 8. There are 40 zebras and a dozen doves with a 3x3 roosting box with lots of branches and a small 60wt. bulb over the water pan. The flight is 12'x4'x7 and I am very happy with the condition and activity of my birds. I'll definitely do this again next winter1

Jul 08, 2010

I kept my diamond doves outside all winter after wrapping the flight in heavy-duty plastic and using a brooder light. They did very well, even the time or two when a thin layer of ice formed in their water pan. I plan to add a better heated area this year, however. I am going to try the same with my 'keets, but probably in the garage the first year, just to be safe. We are in the southern-most tip of Il. in a town called Metropolis. I also raise zebra finches, but I'm too chicken to leave them out past frost.

Aug 24, 2009
Outside aviary in northern states
by: The Vet

It is too cold unless that had supplemental heat and were sheltered from the elements. They are better of inside. Also, you should not house budgies and finches together.

Dr B

Aug 23, 2009
by: Linda

No you cannot put budgies and finches together as the budgies will hurt your finches. Basically, budgies have to be housed with same-sized budgies and then there can still be in-fighting over nest boxes and such. If flight is large enough and there are enough feeding and water dishes along with nest boxes in-season, you would be okay having a flight of budgies, and they are SO beautiful when they can really fly and show off their colors! Same with the finches.

As for outside aviaries in winter, it takes several seasons for birds to become acclimated to the changes in temperature(no more than 10 degree differences). You will have to make sure your aviary has a source of heat or your birds will freeze to death the first winter. You'll also want to be able to heat the outside flight as birds feet can freeze to perches in winter whether they are acclimated or not. This results in toe loss and death.

What you will need to do is to search the internet and ask other people, like breeders, in your area how they have their aviaries set up. I know you can get the no-light emitter heat lamps, so your aviary would need to be wired for electricity by a qualified electrician. The bulbs also have to be in wire cages to keep birds from coming in contact with them. So, you will need an inside closed in part and an outside wired and screened in part to it. Also, concrete curbs and concrete flooring with drains is a must for hosing down all the mess. You will have to pipe out from under enclosure so you can wash the flight out when needed inside and outside. You'll find a lot of information by doing a search on outside aviaries and how to build and set them up.

Just remember that it will take at least 3 seasons for birds to become acclimated and you'll probably still need some type of heat in winter. Birds cannot safely withstand more than a 10 degree difference at a time which is why it takes a while to do this. You would be able to lower the heat a little each winter, and you'll still need some. You will also need the roof covered for both inside and outside enclosures plus you'll have to have screening all around the outside to keep insects out of enclosure.

The concrete flooring and curbs that wire is put into will help keep rats and mice out. Both of those are carriers of disease, so you don't want them near your birds, nor do you want outside birds able to have contact with your birds as they also carry parasites and disease.

Do some reading and study before you even begin to think about this as it can get expensive if done correctly. Keep finches with finches, canaries with canaries, budgies with budgies and so on. It is always a good idea to keep all species separate whether they be soft billed or hook billed.

Hope this helps and send us a pix of your outside aviary once it is complete.


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