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Choosing Birds for an Outdoor Aviary

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Observing birds is a timeless passion. Having an outdoor aviary in your garden allows you to indulge this passion while providing your birds with a large spacious cage where they can thrive with their kind. But not all birds can coexist, so it’s very important to choose your birds carefully for your outdoor aviary.

How to Accommodate Birds in Your Outdoor Aviary?

For birds to feel good in your outdoor aviary, it is important that they have an appropriate environment.

Choosing Young Birds for Your Outdoor Aviary

It is preferable to welcome young birds into your outdoor aviary who can adapt more easily to your cage and who will get used to your presence. They will be in perfect conditions for mating and will be fully fulfilled in their shelter.

Adopting birds is a long-term commitment to animals, large parrots can live up to 70 years.

Monitor the Meeting of Your New Birds

To introduce a new bird into your enclosure, we advise you to put it in a cage next to it to observe its behavior as well as that of other birds. You need to check if there are no respiratory problems, diarrhea or if your bird is not plucking its feathers, which is a sign of stress.

Conflicts Between Birds During Breeding Season

The breeding period in birds can create conflicts. They may fight to take possession of a nest. Therefore, in your outdoor cage, there should be more nests than couples.

It may also happen that birds destroy the eggs of others like the Japanese Sparrow and the budgerigars. Some species like canaries do not breed within a group of birds, it will then be preferable to separate them during this period.

Choose Birds Adapted to Your Climate

Choosing birds for your outdoor aviary requires knowing the weather conditions of your region well and informing yourself about the species that will inhabit your large cage.

Not all species require the same living conditions. If you are not yet knowledgeable about birds, we advise you to inquire with an ornithology association or a breeder.

Some bird species do not tolerate the cold and winter very well, others need a lit shelter, others prefer a shaded enclosure with plants.

We therefore advise you to choose birds located in nearby countries. You can very well make birds with different cold resistances coexist in a heated outdoor aviary such as the Modest Diamond, the cockatiel, the Golden Sparrow and the White-headed Capuchin.

Choose a Sufficient Outdoor Aviary Size for Your Birds

An outdoor aviary is a large garden cage but you still have to calculate the ideal surface to accommodate the number of birds you want to put in it.

Depending on the size of the species of your birds, you will need to choose an aviary with a more or less large volume. To calculate the volume of a cage, you have to multiply the height by the length and the width, height x length x width.

Here are several examples:

  • For 2 to 6 budgerigars, a minimum aviary of 3.3 ft x 6.6 ft x 6.6 ft (volume of 141 cubic feet) is required.
  • For 2 to 6 lovebirds, a minimum volume of 141 cubic feet is necessary.
  • For 2 to 4 cockatiels, a minimum volume of 141 cubic feet is needed.
  • For 2 to 6 canaries, a volume of 141 cubic feet is required.
  • For 2 to 6 chickens, a minimum aviary of 105 cubic feet (3.3 ft x 6.6 ft x 4.9 ft), 215 square feet of exterior surface is needed.
  • For a large parrot like the macaw, you need an aviary of 282 cubic feet and for a couple, 565 cubic feet (13.1 ft x 6.6ft x 6.6 ft).
  • For a medium parrot like the African Grey, you need an aviary with a volume of 53 cubic feet (3.3 ft x 3.3 ft x 4.9 ft) and for a couple, 80 cubic feet (4.9 ft x 3.3 ft x 4.9 ft).
  • For a small parrot like the Youyou, we advise an outdoor cage of 1.6 ft x 2 ft x 3.3 ft.


Choosing Birds for an Outdoor Aviary

What Bird Breeds for an Outdoor Aviary?

There are two categories of birds that you can choose to put in a large outdoor cage: straight beak birds and hooked beak birds.

The Straight Beak Birds

Straight beak birds are most often small birds that are relatively fragile such as canaries, diamonds (mandarin, Gould), amadines or paddas. They measure between 9 and 15 cm and have very colorful plumage. For slightly larger birds, we can mention the mynah.

The Hooked Beak Birds

Hooked beak birds are either parakeets or parrots. The most common in outdoor aviaries are budgerigars, lovebirds, cockatiels, Bourkes, Macaws or African Greys.

Can All Bird Species Cohabit in an Outdoor Aviary?

Birds cannot all coexist together in a garden aviary. You must put birds of the same size if you do not want to see a bird injured during a fight.

They must have similar needs in terms of temperatures and environment. You also need to know the characters of the different bird species, are they calm; very active?

So that an individual does not feel alone, we advise you to take couples. Also know that hand-reared birds adapt less well with their peers because they have not been in a group all their life.

Choosing Birds for an Outdoor Aviary

Cohabitation in an Aviary Between Hooked Beaks and Straight Beaks

The first thing to know to associate different bird species is that hooked beak birds like lovebirds, budgerigars have a bad temperament and do not get along with straight beaks. It is strongly discouraged not to put these 2 species together. With their sharp beak they can cut off the legs of the straight beaks.

There are of course exceptions like Bourkes parakeets, Turquoisines or cockatiels which have a calm temperament. The Chinese quail can adapt to hooked beaks because it prefers to be on the ground of your aviary. She feeds on seeds fallen to the ground. For the feeding of an aviary with several species, you must put the food of each species. They will naturally find their food.

Cohabitation in an Aviary Between Hooked Beak Birds

It is not advised to put hooked beak birds in the same aviary because as said before they have a bad temperament. Callopsites parakeets, Turquoisines, Bourkes and Catherines are quite timid and can therefore be in the same cage.

Cohabitation in an Aviary Between Straight Beak Birds

It is not advised to put hooked beak birds in the same aviary because as said before they have a bad temperament. Callopsites parakeets, Turquoisines, Bourkes and Catherines are quite timid and can therefore be in the same cage.

Choosing birds for your outdoor aviary is not difficult, but you must still take into account the elements that we are going to list. By following these tips, you will be able to admire your birds in your garden in complete serenity. If you do not yet have an outdoor aviary, we advise you to discover our galvanized steel aviaries that are resistant and available in many dimensions.

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