Red rumps, canaries and finches together?

by william condron
(manchester, england)

is it possible to keep 2 male redrumps in a 12 foot aviary with canaries and bengalese finches ?.

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Jan 28, 2010
Red rumps, canaries and finches together?
by: Linda

I would recommend that you not put parakeets with any softbills like the canaries and finches. Basically, aviaries are where birds of same or like species and size are kept together. Yours sounds like a wonderful place for your birds, and I would keep only the smaller softbills like the finches and canaries together. Always keep size in mind as well. Canaries are larger than the finches, and if there are plenty of feeding and watering stations, it should not be a problem. If your aviary is outside, heat and some kind of ventilation system will be required for the colder climates. In the summer, birds need plenty of air circulation, and a 12-foot flight should provide that for the outside. All aviaries also have to have a closed in area in the back for the birds to sleep in at night and during inclimate weather which is where the heat comes in. Tops and sides of outside flight part has to be covered with fine screen wire to keep out insects and wild bird droppings. You may also wish to cover a portion of the roof so birds can get out of rain and sun if needed. Wire has to be put into concrete curbs, and concrete floors with drains are also recommended for easy cleaning and to keep rats and mice out. You basically don't want any insects, mice, rats or other disease carriers able to get into your aviary. The inside part may need to be outfitted with full spectrum lights depending on what part of the country you are in. If in lower regions of California or Florda, the birds should be okay to stay outside and get some real sunlight. Make sure the flight is never in full sun all day long as heat stroke can and does occur. All birds need a closed in space in which to sleep and feel safe, so it is a must.

Birds have to be acclimated to living outside, and it takes up to 3 seasons even in temperate climates. In colder and/or hotter climes, heat will be necessary every winter. Birds can acclimate to say 5 degree or less differences at a time. Anymore than 10 degrees will cause pneumonia and death. Same with heat. That's why house birds cannot just be put outside without supplemental heat/lights and/or good ventilation systems in place.

Hopefully you've done all your homework on this before even considering putting your birds outside. A good, functioning aviary costs thousands of dollars and lots of planning to work for the birds. There are resources on the internet to help if you need it. Thanks for writing,


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