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Date Posted: 18:41:54 12/23/10 Thu
Author: Shawna
Author Host/IP: 208.95.70.119
Subject: buttons in an aviary

We built a 4x8x8'h indoor aviary out of vinyl coated hexagon hardware cloth plus some powder coated shelving panels and a pvc frame. It's initial purpose was for sugar gliders so the bottom consisted of a cotton canvas over the hardwood floor and washable fleece sheets on top of that.

The logistics of making a glider escape proof enclosure that size and some changes in the dynamics of our colony made it unsuitable for the gliders. Right now it has nothing in it but I'm thinking about putting the budgies in there for the winter. Then in spring I'll divide them in to pairs for breeding and get some diamond doves and finches. I'd like to include buttons in that plan but we aren't sure what to use for the floor.

I'm going to build a frame out of some 4x4's that are laying around and then depending on cost either just lay some plastic down across the floor or get some cheap vinyl/linoleum so I'll have an easily washable floor with 4" sides. I don't want softwood shavings for the health of the birds. I'm not sure if sand would be too heavy or messy but I calculated that it would take 260lbs of fine grain quartz sand (much cleaner than playsand) for each inch of depth I want. I also debated peat moss but I'm not sure how dusty that would make the room. I have to be careful of the wood floors because I'm renting.

Ideas or opinions?

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