Guest Author: Jesse Burns
Most families especially kids love the idea of keeping animals as pets. When it comes to birds, you may have a lot of factors to consider before you can actually set up and maintain a hygienic environment for your winged friends. The ideal setup these days is no longer your classic metallic and wired bird cage hanging from the ceiling indoors, especially when you have better and bigger options available from sites like SimplySheds. Aside from the aesthetic appearance, a more important consideration is the prevention of bird-related diseases such as psittacosis that can result from the unhygienic practice of keeping birds as pets. If you have the space outdoors, you may be better off setting up your bird sanctuary far from the main house so that exposure to the risk of health hazards is kept to a minimum.
The size and design of your bird dwelling will depend largely on what species you are planning to have, the main reason why you’ve decided to set up this dwelling (for breeding versus safekeeping) and the weather conditions of your location. Modern outdoor aviary sheds, ideal for places that enjoy mild climate, are generally made of the same material as all other stainless-steel sheds, only the openings have been specially enclosed with a wire-mesh to keep air coming in and the birds from flying out. A lot of these sheds have special internal partitions to accommodate various types of species you wish to have, so decide first on how many bird types you want to keep and get the shed type that has at least that same number of partitioned spaces.
One of the most important considerations in choosing the particular design you are going to go for is the ease of cleaning involved. Because cleaning after these birds is one chore you will not want to neglect because you want to keep your surroundings immaculately clean and healthy at all cost, you will want to make sure that the chore is not going to be difficult to perform. All areas should be easy to reach, and there should be no crevices or awkward gaps in the floors, walls, and ceilings where bird droppings and other wastes can settle and accumulate. The modern version that makes use of uncoated galvanized steel has made cleaning after bird droppings easier and more enjoyable to perform. Read up on guidelines provided for by your local government on how to clean your aviaries the right way (the City of Newcastle site).
The strategic placement of your outdoor shed is also a factor to consider when setting up your bird sanctuary. Take the time to assess every square meter of your garden so that you can find that one place that avoids strong winds but will soak in a lot of the sun’s rays.
In designing this dwelling place, you will want it to look as natural as possible despite the galvanized steel sections and wire mesh present all throughout. Adding plants is one way of doing so. Choose plants that are native to your country so that you won’t have to worry about them too much—they are much easier to maintain than exotic plants, for sure. Keep in mind that some plants can be poisonous to your birds, so ask your local nursery expert about this to avoid fatal accidents in your aviary.
Jesse Burns loves music, but he’s also into sheds and shed-building projects for the home. He blogs for a company called http://www.simplysheds.com.au/ – Australia’s leading garden sheds and garage company. Find out about aviary sheds here.