. aviary furniture
Aviary furniture is the items we add
to a bird aviary or cage to improve the physical and mental health of our birds
both as breeding bird and for pet or companion birds.
A basic aviary can be a boring and uninteresting place if one was to be
confined to it for a prolonged period of time. Birds rarely have the chance to
leave their cage or aviary so we should try and offer them some furnishings to
help entertain themselves.
In the wild birds have the option to move freely within their preferred
habitat range. The freedom of movement gives them the chance to select areas
that provide physical, social and mental entertainment.
A wide range of items can be made or purchased from bird dealers or pet
Aviary furniture can include:
- Variety of perches:
One of the most over looked items in an aviary. In nature, trees and
branches come in all shapes and diameters so give the birds in our cages and
aviaries the same choice. Some perches can be horizontal in the
roosting/sleeping spot. Other branches / perches can be placed at
other angles to mimic nature. Varying diameter of perches gives the
bird's feet and legs good exercise. Ensure perches are not placed over
water or feed receptacles. Replace perches as required. NOTE -
Do not put perches in places people are likely to walk into, especially at
head or face level !!
- Toys or play gyms
- minimize boredom and give variety. A wide range of bird toys and "bird gyms" can be seen at good retail
bird dealers shops. Toys can be placed in an outdoor aviary not just
indoor cages. Conures, macaws & lorikeets love to play with toys and it
gives them a reason to be active and entertain themselves. It also gives
them some mental exercise and mental stimulation. Refer to "Aviary
furniture" web page as shown in the left hand border.
- timber and branches for chewing
- roosting nests, boxes or logs
- artificial nest, nest boxes - round verses square for parrots.
- water systems - automatic, cool or hot summer water, self cleaning.
- food stations - high, low or floor level or a mix of both.
- hiding foods - activity games e.g. what zoos do for primates.
- Access to nests - an elevated piece
of solid material can be incorporated into the landscaping to provide a
suitable safe step or platform to step on, to safely gain access to a high
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