Home Contact Classified Ads Calendar Events Site Map Member's Only

Print Friendly

The Aviary


Scroll down for Aviary FAQ's & Downloadable Articles...

Member Aviaries ~


Fruit Fly Bowl
Put a piece of pealed banana in a plastic container.
Add about 1/4 inch of water.
Cover with screen and suspend trap in aviary.

Fruit flies will be attracted to the fruit fly trap. (This process can be speeded up by placing a spoonful of banana with fruit fly worms from an established trap into a new one.) Any type of fruit can be used but peeled bananas smell better and have less risk of introducing contaminating bacteria, mold, etc. A trap can be used continually with the weekly addition of fruit and water as long as the aviary temperature is above 60* F.

* Contributed by Nancy Ingram
see photo in the Aviary Photo Gallery
Fruit Fly Bowl

FAQ's ~

(The following questions and answers were created to be a tool to help people who are considering building an outdoor aviary. There are no set rules, every person has their own ideas and opinions, so how you use the information is of course completely up to you. This site assumes no responsibility for how this material is used.) Please check back often, we will be constantly adding to these....

Question 1. What would you do differently now that you've built/have an outside aviary?
---I would hire a professional to build it.
---I would center the door between the windows so I could have the same number of cages on each side of my sun porch.
---I would build it closer to the house.
---I would build it bigger.
---I would have painted the wire black, so I could see the inside better.
---One thing I would have done differently is that I would have put the 2"x2's on the outside, not the inside of the flight and the 1"x2" on the inside. The 2x2's are just wide enough for the birds to roost and poop! The 1x2's wouldn't have given them enough room to roost! I also would have made the outdoor flight larger!

Question 2. What do you do about neighbors burning, or city wide spraying for pesticides, etc.?
---I put up my plastic panels that I made for winterizing, and hope for the best.
---I worry.
---I live in the country and don't use herbicides or pesticides, and therefore I don't have to worry.
---I cover the outside with plastic sheets (dropcloths).

Question 3. What do you feel is safe to put in your aviary for nesting materials?
---I use only freshly cut grass from 6 to 12 inches long.
---I throw some birdseed into my garden and grow things to throw in. They like to eat it and use if for nesting.
---I buy nesting material and put in. (Cotton, feathers, etc.)
---I never put anything in that does not come pre-packaged and is guaranteed to be safe.
---Pine shavings only.
---I did a lot of reading about this one! I use light colored burlap (canaries like the light colored burlap best). I "wash" the burlap(no soap or fabirc softener...just run through the washer and dryer). Then I cut it into approximately 4" squares...then I unravel the strings and store in a plastic ziploc until used. I also use coconut fiber, sisal rope that has been cut into 4" lengths and frayed. In the Spring I get tall grass (make sure it hasn't been sprayed etc). The birds use pieces of the grass to build nests. They even use small leaves! In the nest boxes for my larger birds...bourkes, scarlet chested parakeets, etc I put wood chips (usually birch) in the bottom of the box.

Question 4. At what temperature do you need to provide heat for your birds?
---My birds go inside when it freezes. Other than that they stay outside of their own volition.
---The birds I raise are from warm areas and do best at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees F.
---I normally try to keep the temperature between 65 and 70 degrees. If it's a really cold night I turn the heat up a little higher. My aviary is insulated, but for very cold nights I want to be sure! In the Fall/Winter I also cover the inside of the windows with heavy plastic...that makes a huge different in keeping temperature up!

Question 5. What kind of heat do you prefer/use?
---Oil with an electric back-up.
---I use radiant heat. I have metal trash cans lined with plastic and filled with water. I have a submersible aquarium heater in the water with the thermostat at the top of it's range. The can is then covered with the lid, and put under the raised cages on the inside of the bird's uninsulated building.
---Heat Lamps.
---Oil heater.
---I have a heater that is filled with oil (you buy it that way, you don't have to fill it). It's a very even heat...heats slower, but keeps the aviary at a constant temp.

Question 6. What do you do about rodents, snakes, etc?
---Cats. I have one cat that goes in the flight and hunts mice, while I am in there. She comes out when I do.
---I feed 4 feral cats and they keep the rodents in check outside. I killed a mouse inside my house in a trap I set on a window sill near the sun porch. The only entry points to my sun porch are up the screen to 2 outside cages where the birds get direct sunshine.
---I wired my entire aviary with 1/4 inch wire (hardware cloth). I am hoping this works, but time will tell....
---My aviary and flights have a concrete floor. I use 1/4" square wire. So far I haven't had any problems with mice or rats...but, I'm sure I will at some point in time!

Question 7. What are hidden dangers in an outdoor aviary?
---water features (drowning, chilling).
---cement floor (chilling if fledgelings spend any time there).
---bands getting caught on branches.
---combinations of birds in an aviary. ---night frights, I always keep a night light on for this problem.

Question 8. What are some problems unique to an outdoor aviary?
---catching birds in the flight.
---insect infestations.
---wild critters.


Glidden® Paint makes an odor free safe paint called Lifemaster 2000®

"The first solvent free, no VOC, low-odor interior latex paints. Ideal for hospitals, schools, hotels/motels, nursing homes and office environments where a highly washable and stain resistant finish is needed."


Downloadable Articles ~

  • Buiding A Pond In Your Aviary pdf
    By Sharon Holscher
  • First Aid Kit for Birds! pdf
  • Toxic & Non-Toxic Plants pdf
    A list of some non-toxic, safe plants. REMEMBER - any plant can cause harm if ingested in large amounts!
  • An Aviary Manual for Bird Sitters by Laurella Desborough pdf
    Most bird breeders and keepers have no problem remembering and doing all the tasks related to the care and feeding of their birds, servicing cages and equipment, and cleaning their facilities. However, there are times when the principal keeper will be away from the facility due to conferences, travel, illness or other reasons...
  • A Mixed Species Aviary pdf
    Mixed Species Aviaries are enclosures in which more than one species of bird lives. There are many benefits to this type of arrangement but also some drawbacks. Careful planning needs to be done to ensure a successful and happy mixture of birds. Peaceful coexistence is the ultimate goal...
    used with permission from Davis Lund Aviaries
  • Protecting Your Birds Through Quarantine pdf
    Almost everyone says they quarantine their new birds. However, it is surprising how many make no attempt at all to keep the new bird separate from their collection...
  • Lost and Found Parrots by Marilu Anderson pdf
    It's become the annual sign that spring is here - "The Phone Call," that is. The sad, desperate calls from those who've had a parrot escape and the excited, but dazed, calls from the other side - those who've found a bird...
  • PORTABLE POWER: Affordable Ways to Beat Mother Nature pdf
    by PJ Schimel of Hex Aviary (used with permission)
    Unless they have previously experienced the need for portable power in an emergency, most people don't concern themselves with it. Every bird owner should consider the eventual need for some type of portable power system. ...
pdf Denotes downloadable/printable .pdf file
Get the free Adobe Acrobat Reader here
If you are having problems with pdf files, check out our Help Page!


For those of you who don't want to use dangerous chemicals around your birds...


For documents and content available from this web-site, the Northwest Bird Club does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed. We do not assume any legal responsibility for the use or misuse of any information contained within....


"Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.”
...Victor Hugo