Saturday, September 22, 2007

my DIY aviary and its new residents

I've always been fascinated by birds and their mannerisms, movement, flight. Several years ago I adopted a pair of zebra finches. They were fun to watch and it wasn't long before there were eggs and fledglings. The cage filled up and I couldn't bare to see them with such little flight room. Rather than get more cages, I decided to make my own larger cage - or aviary.

Using some "bones" from an old wardrobe, I added supports, mesh and even made a sliding bottom drawer tray for easy cleaning.

There are new residents in the house these days. Foster (a canary mix), a society finch we call "Cricket" because of his chirpy song, and a pair of orange-cheeked waxbills - yet unnamed. I tried to photograph them - but they're pretty quick and the mesh messes with my cam's focus.

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32 comments:

Kathy Ann said...

ok this is the coolest and most awesome idea i have come across in ages and I've been looking at tonnes of craft blogs lately. I absolulty love it and cant wait to have my own place so I can have one too! Congratulations on such a fab avery.

rohanknitter said...

This is so cool! I'll bet the birdies love it, too.

Jonesy said...

What sort of mesh did you use?

chinamama said...

I used a 1/4" mesh because i've got some small finches in there. larger birds (canaries and up) could probably handle larger. It's metal and isn't plasicoated or anything. Does that help? Are you making one?!? I wanna see! :-) cheers, A

Christopher said...

Hello! I was wondering where did you buy the mesh? I have an old dog kennel and i was going to wire on some mesh around it so i could put my finches in there. Im breeding society finches and there cage is WAY to small for even them more or less when they have babies. So please where can i get some mesh? I was going to use chicken wire till i saw your pics after google-ing DIY finch cage and i know chicken wire will be to big.. so mesh is what im going for now! thanks! Please email me back at Yonggbaek@gmail.com if this comment thing doesnt already do that O.o thank you again!

Sunshine said...

someone just sent me the link to this post and i am so glad they did! this is just what i was daydreaming about for my parakeets.. luckily they aren't chewers.
thanks so much for the accompanying how-to!
i'll send a pic when i get mine done

Pink Velvet Bird said...

Wowwee! I can't wait to try this...Thank you soooo much!

Connie Girl said...

Wow! So creative. Beautiful job.

Rebecca said...

That is so amazing. My little peep would love to live there!!!

Wendy said...

You are a genius!

At my grandma's assisted living facility, they had an aviary of this size and shape with multiple birds. I decided then and there that if we ever do get birds, I'd have to make something big like that. But this, my dear, is fan-freaking-tastic.

I especially love the big drawer for cleaning.

Bettina said...

Beautiful!

boldaslove said...

Such a wonderful idea! Very beautiful!

feefee said...

This is beautiful. You did a wonderful job and are very creative! I reposted this on my blog. Hope you don't mind (with a link back to you), FeeFee

Anonymous said...

What is the wire made out of? is it galvanized? if so its toxic to birds. Chicken wire is toxic to birds. Stainless steel wire is the only safe thing to use if you don't buy Pre-made powder coated cages.

Anonymous said...

This is soooo cool! It has inspired me to make my own as well...I'm a bit stumped on the mesh...you say it is metal..where did you get it???? I can only find galvanized and it's driving me crazy!!! Did you use galvanized and "wash" it with vinegar??? Any help would be appreciated....Thanks!!!!

Jenn said...

Thank you...this is not only cool but a great way to reduce land fill objects while adding to the charm of our room! A bigger bonus, our birds will love it and we'll be able to add a few finches to our nest:)

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Kamala said...

exactly what i was looking for! Keep up the good work!

Kamala said...

Beautiful. Just what I was looking for. Thanks!

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moonlake said...

This is so neat. I wish I had known this when I had birds.

chaitanyak said...

wow! quite creative. and well finished. I salute your DIY skills!

forwarding this to a friend with birds.

chaitanyak said...

wow! quite creative. and well finished. I salute your DIY skills!

forwarding this to a friend with birds.

Krystie Bohmer said...

Wow, I hope to find an old dresser someone has out to the curb! Our bird would love this! What a very creative idea!

Sheri said...

I feel like this is a stupid question, but I was wondering if all your birds live harmoniously together or did you split the aviary into sections? Also, what kind of mesh did you use? This is beautiful!!!!!

meriam said...

would you consider making one of these and selling it?