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Cost of Installing an Aviary

A guide to help with installing an aviary, including aviary costs and how to install one correctly following building regulation.

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This article will outline the work needed to install an aviary in your home garden and will look at how to make it both secure and pleasant home for your exotic birds. While aviaries can be built inside your home, this article will concentrate on an outside aviary as they are considered healthier for your birds and will give them more room.

Costs involved with installing an aviary

The cost of an aviary can vary enormously; you can purchase one for as low as £100 or as expensive as £1,400. The price is mostly down to size and what aviary is constructed from.

What installing an aviary entails

Building an aviary is like building a small, secure shed in your garden. It’ll have two fundamental elements – an enclosed, inside area that will provide a safe, warm and dry home, and a wired-in outside area that will give them room to fly. This will typically be built from seasoned wood and wire mesh on a frame.

Other jobs to tackle

If you are putting your aviary outside, you will need to clear an appropriate area and put down paving slabs for a solid base. This is an ideal time to generally clear and tidy whole sections, or even the entirety of your garden.

General advice when installing an aviary

There are many plans available on the internet that show you plans for building an aviary, and give you a list of all the materials that you will need. It’s suggested that you download one of these that suits your needs and use the materials suggested as the basis of your aviary. You should always place your aviary on a hard standing, which not only prevents flooding in wet weather but also inhibits pests such as mice and rats from burrowing into your aviary.

You will need to create this hard standing by using a purpose-built concrete area, or a fully-rendered series of paving slabs. Alternatively, you could use the cheaper option of a soft foundation, where you would fit a wire mesh at the bottom of the aviary as this will stop predators such as foxes and rats from tunnelling into the aviary. Then on top of the wire mesh floor, you would put gravel.

This gravel typically is the size of small stone pebbles, but not small enough for the birds to feed on and choke. The main advantage of gravel is that water will be able to drain straight through and into the earth. Make sure that you place your flooring in a nice, sunny spot in your garden, but allow the birds to have some shade too. Ensure that they are not exposed to too many draughts and wind.

The plans that you download will be for either wooden or metal structures, and you should pick the most appropriate for your needs. As a rule, the wooden versions will be both easier to make and cheaper to build, and the remainder of this article will focus on these.

You’ll have a cutting list, which will give you the sectional sizes and lengths of wood and wire sizes that you will need to obtain to create your aviary. As a rule, follow the wire spacings and sizes as per the table below, with regard to your bird’s size.

Small Birds Medium Birds Large Birds Extra Large Birds
Wire spacing 1/2″ 5/8″ to 3/4″ 3/4″ to 1″ 1″ to 1-1/4″
Wire diameter 2mm 2.5mm 3.5mm 5mm

The plans available usually call for you to build flat sides for your structure and then fix them together using angle brackets. This is the simplest way of creating your aviary structure. Once you have built the frameworks for your aviary, you need to attach the wire. Fitting the aviary wire mesh to the frame is reasonably simple. First, size out the wire mesh to the aviary panel. Anything over the size can be cut using a wire cutter. The mesh can then be joined to the panel with stout metal staples and a hammer. If the wire mesh is not big enough, then two different pieces of it can be joined together using wire clips and a plier set. Also, make sure that the wire mesh covers the top section of the frame so that the birds do not have access to the roofing.

The plans should include a door which will need a stout latch or even a hasp and staple for a padlock to prevent unauthorized entry. It is also a good idea to fit wheels to a smaller aviary so that it can be moved around.

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