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A purpose-built budgie aviary needs to complement the colourful personalities of its inmates. Here are three important design features that should be incorporated in every budgie aviary.
1. Type of Aviary
A walk in aviary fixed to the ground is ideal for budgerigars. While it can take any shape in order to fill whatever space is available, a square or rectangular aviary is usually best and the most economical because it can be easily subdivided. There needs to be an indoor area to provide shelter and an outdoor area where the birds can enjoy the fresh air. The main advantages of this design are:
- it allows budgies to fossick on the ground for food.
- it provides more room and better flying space from the ground up to the roof
- it can be planted with plants and shrubs to simulate the natural environment.
- it is easy for people to enter and move around inside, which makes the tasks of cleaning the aviaries and catching the birds much simpler.
Budgies stand for most of their lives, and so, in order to prevent foot problems, their feet need to be exercised by standing on different-sized perches made of different materials.
Natural wood perches are best, as they have a variety of diameters and are good to chew on. Rope perches are also excellent, being made of a different, softer material and offering a variety of sizes.
Budgies are energetic so exercise is essential for their good health and quality of life. They need plenty of space to fly around in. Thus perches should be placed in a sheltered area out in the open, and arranged so they don’t impede flight and allow the budgies to fly the longest distances possible.
3. Play Areas
Third, budgies are playful, and highly intelligent, and so need play areas where they can amuse themselves. These areas should have baths, greenery, and toys such as bells, ropes, and swings. Other toys that are easily shredded also appeal to their natural inquisitiveness (and natural destructiveness!). A clever trick if the flight has a netting roof is to lay an irrigation hose over the top of the aviary so that the birds can take a shower on hot days.
If you are serious about the health and well-being of your feathered friends, then you need to have a first class budgie aviary. Don’t forget, budgerigars can live for up to 15 years – and so having them as pets is a long-term commitment.