An outdoor aviary is a wonderful way to house parrots. But there are a few essential details to bear in mind before you install one.
Legal Requirements for Building an Aviary
Rule number one: check local ordinances for your State and County to make sure the aviary or birdhouse doesn’t contravene building or environmental regulations. And even if it is allowed, is it something your neighbors will be happy with? The commonest neighbor issues are noise, and vermin – rats and mice, mainly. If they ask questions, you’re gonna need answers!
Rainbow lorikeets happily settled in their aviary
How Big Should an Aviary Be?
The size of the area you have available in your garden or yard is the starting point for the type and number of birds you can keep outdoors.
An aviary has a minimum length equivalent of twice the span of a parrot’s fully extended wings, multiplied by the number of birds you’re going to keep. The height of the structure needs to be at least twice the length of your largest bird, but ideally you should have something least five feet high.
An aviary is more than just an outdoor cage. It’s a space in which the birds will fly, roost, sleep, feed, and do everything else a busy parrot does.
Yellow-naped Amazon pair enjoying the great outdoors
Best Location For an Outdoor Aviary
Avoid fumes: an aviary next to a busy garage with copious exhaust fumes will not benefit your birds’ health near exhaust vents (oil, gas, fire place).