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Aviary - Chicken coop upgrade

  • September 17, 2018
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Mattman
Mattman
Mattman
Mattman

I had a small aviary in my garage that housed a few finches... the original. I really enjoyed having them fly around in the garage while I piddled around. I wanted to give them a bigger, better place to live.

My agriculture-major neighbor graduated and moved away, so I converted his chicken coop into really big bird cage... 12’ x 16’ x 8’ with a 4 x 8 shelter area soon to be winterized.

I used the Airstrike stapler to attach ½” mesh to the coop in order to keep the small birds safely in the aviary. I built a little hallway and second door to eliminate escape opportunities. I added mesh covered lattice to the roof to provide shade. The Quite Strike Pulse driver is so much quieter than a standard impact driver that is did not disturb the birds when in use.

The majority of inhabitants are Pied and Crested Society finches and Zebra finches. My next move is to make a housing development out of large bamboo shoots, similar to the 2x2 pieces in the original.

There is a video showing one finch taking drops out of mid-air from the fountain. There are a few gold fish in there to deal with mosquito larvae. I let the vines and vegetation in the coop grow naturally.

It turned out to be a great place to unwind!

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Aviary - Chicken coop upgrade

by Mattman
Sep 17, 2018
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I had a small aviary in my garage that housed a few finches... the original. I really enjoyed having them fly around in the garage while I piddled around. I wanted to give them a bigger, better place to live. My agriculture-major neighbor graduated and moved away, so I converted his chicken coop into really big bird cage... 12’ x 16’ x 8’ with a 4 x 8 shelter area soon to be winterized. I used the Airstrike stapler to attach ½” mesh to the coop in order to keep the small birds safely in the aviary. I built a little hallway and second door to eliminate escape opportunities. I added mesh covered lattice to the roof to provide shade. The Quite Strike Pulse driver is so much quieter than a standard impact driver that is did not disturb the birds when in use. The majority of inhabitants are Pied and Crested Society finches and Zebra finches. My next move is to make a housing development out of large bamboo shoots, similar to the 2x2 pieces in the original. There is a video showing one finch taking drops out of mid-air from the fountain. There are a few gold fish in there to deal with mosquito larvae. I let the vines and vegetation in the coop grow naturally. It turned out to be a great place to unwind!