Please see Part I of this article for basic information on our new line of Outdoor Aviaries.
The influence of natural light, weather cycles and the additional space provided by an Outdoor Aviary often promotes breeding in birds whose reproductive urges have lain dormant for years.
Exercise for Body and Brain
Outdoor aviaries can also serve as exercise areas for birds otherwise confined to cages, and may allow you to keep species which, while they “get by” in typical cages, really do best with more room, at least for part of the year. Birds which fall into this category include mynahs, larger parrots, toucans, most doves, red-crested cardinals and turacos.
Your pets’ interest in what is going on around them will increase markedly as well – this is good for their well-being, especially as concerns parrots and other highly intelligent birds.
Pheasants, Wild Birds and Other Outdoor Species
Other species, some of which I will highlight in future articles, are nearly impossible to keep unless an outdoor aviary is available. Included among these are the golden and other pheasants, most quail, fruit doves, ducks and fancy (or “plain”!) chickens.
If, like I, you are a licensed wild bird rehabilitator, an outdoor aviary will greatly expand the list of species with which you might become involved (I tried caring for owls, small herons and gulls indoors…trust me, it’s difficult!).
Along with the fun, there are some special considerations involved in keeping birds outdoors…please write in for details concerning the species in which you are interested.
Outdoor aviaries are indispensible to those who rehabilitate injured native birds, and, where legal, for keeping native birds. Please see my article Rehabilitating Native Birds for further details.