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Date Posted: 20:23:20 04/06/10 Tue
Author: Ursula
Author Host/IP: 99.166.101.214
Subject: Aviary - response to Diane

Sorry for the late response to your answer and thanks for looking at my pictures! :-)

The aviary is definitely more work than cages, but it's also so much more rewarding. I like to have the birds free flying and they seem to be happy. I even keep finches and budgies successfully together (for 3 years now) because there is enough room. 4 times I had babies: Cordon Bleu finches, Black rumped waxbill finches, button quail, and budgies. I'm sure if somebody concentrates on breeding, a mixed setup like this is not ideal. But I don't care if they breed or not, I just want the birds to be happy and healthy.

My 2 parrotlets are in a separate big cage within the aviary, they would terrorize the other birds too much. ;-)

I change fresh food (eggfood and greens and vegetables) and water daily, and I do cleaning and upkeep every weekend (changing water in the fountain, wiping table and chairs etc), and about every 2 months or so major cleaning with changing litter (I have the floor covered with aspen shavings) and about twice or 3 times a year changing the tree branches.

When I say "I" it's actually me and my husband. Even if the birds are mostly my hobby he helps a lot. (For example in the mornings I fix the fresh food while he takes a shower and then he puts it in while I shower.... ;-)

Bottom line: I love having it and wouldn't want birds in a cage anymore, at least not as long as I'm not getting too old. (And then I'd probably just keep parrotlets in a cage.)

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