Category Archives: Bird Aviaries

Patio Cage

patio cageThe Patio Cage is a smaller cage which is best kept under shelter, under the patio or veranda. It has legs with wheels attached, so it can be moved around easily.

Suitable for pet birds and smaller birds. This cage is not suitable for breeding. The cage is made from good quality wire and color-bond. Please contact us for colours.

Price at time of writing is $540

Suspended Aviaries – Easy to Maintain

Suspended aviaries are easy to keep clean

As well as being easy to clean, suspended aviaries make sense for bird owners who live on acreage properties, especially those with a dam or near a creek. This is because there is more danger from snakes in these areas.

They also provide some protection from mice. Mice will steal your birds’ seed, leave their droppings in the cage and also be an added attraction for snakes.

Mice can burrow through the ground in a conventional ground aviary, unless it is seated on a concrete floor. Even a layer of stones on the bottom of an aviary will not not deter mice :(.

6 Suspended Aviaries

Although this may look like a bank of aviaries, it’s actually 6 single suspended aviaries in a row.

suspended aviaries

Suspended aviaries can be built to any size. Smaller ones can be combined as double or triple suspended aviaries.

Suspended cages are a good option for those on water restrictions as they are self cleaning, most of the droppings and waste food will fall through the wire bottom. This also provides some food for wild birds, who will collect under the cage to polish off the scraps.

They can be built with a full colorbond roof or half colorbond & half wire so the birds can have some exposure to the weather.

Triple Suspended Aviary

triple s

We also build chicken runs, cat runs (keep out of trouble with the local council!) guinea pig cages and other types of enclosures.

Most of these aviaries can be customized to the bird owner’s specifications.

Clive is one of the most experienced aviary makers in Qld. He can offer advice on the best aviary to suit your breed of bird and your location.

We have suspended aviaries for sale in Brisbane Queensland ( Qld ).

Conventional Aviaries are Attractive and Suit Most Bird Species

Here are some  photos of conventional aviaries (ground aviaries) ..

Double 6×4 Aviary

conventional aviary

This double 6×4 with kick plate ground aviary is ideal for small grass parrots, conures, rosellas or lorrikeets. Divided in the middle for separating different species. A double layer of wire between the sections will discourage neighborhood brawls 🙂

All our aviaries are made from colorbond & galvanised 25 ml steel tubing. (Waratah wire – yes we still have some supply – is available on request)

These are quality materials which are strong, attractive and weatherproof. The wire used is either 12.5 x 12.5, or 25 x 12.5. Heavy duty wire is also available for larger birds (with strong beaks!)

6×4 Alternate Design

alternate ground aviary

Another type of 6×4 with kick plate which has an internal shelf for food and water trays and feed door.

This would be ideal for finches and small grass parrots.

4 Single Aviaries

Four single aviaries joined together seen here in a garden setting. Dimensions – 1 meter wide, 1.8 high x 1.8 long.

4 single aviaries joined

Custom Built Aviary

All types of aviaries are available. This is a custom built aviary sitting on a cement block. Because of the large size, this aviary is suitable for all types of birds. It would look wonderful as a planted aviary too, full of different coloured finches.

If planting an aviary, omit the concrete floor of course!

conventional aviary on cement block

NB. For larger birds such as Sulphur Crests, heavy duty wire can be used instead.

Patio Aviary

The patio aviary is ideal for – you guessed it – the patio! Ideal for keeping pet birds, it can also be used for breeding 1 pair of birds. A nest box can be easily installed.

patio aviary

All aviaries can be fitted with feed doors and wire feed trays at no extra cost.

Many colours are available, several shades of green, beige, cream, wheat and red. Some other colours are subject to availability.

Pallet Aviary

pallet aviary

The compact “pallet aviary” measures 110 x 110 cm (1800 high) and is popular for small patios or back gardens.

Called the pallet aviary because it fits comfortably on a wooden pallet, this cage is suitable for budgies, cockatiels, peach faces. galahs and other small to medium hand raised birds. Also available in heavy duty mesh.

This aviary has been made out of Paperbark colorbond. Of course other colours are available.

Two 6×4 Aviaries

Twin 6×4 aviaries standing side by side, suitable for cockatiels, budgies and most medium sized birds. Because they are actually separate cages, there is a double layer of wire in between them which discourages fighting between neighbours 🙂

2 6 x 4 aviaries side by side

We also build chicken runs, cat runs (keep out of trouble with the local council!) Guinea Pig cages, puppy play pens and others.

Most of these aviaries can be customized to the bird owner’s specifications.

Clive is one of the most experienced aviary makers in Qld. He can offer advice on the best aviary to suit your particular bird and your specific situation.

Birds for sale online

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Custom Built Aviaries to Suit All Backyards

Not all backyards are created equal and not all birds require the same type of space. Take for instance a larger bird like a Macaw. These majestic birds need some room to move around, but if a full size garden aviary is out of the question, they do very well in a larger custom built aviary.

Aviaries made to order

This fellow below is apparently doing very well in his new home…

custom built aviary

Here is another example of a stock cage which the bird owner wanted to be made larger than the standard size. Please excuse the background as this was taken in the workshop.

It’s possible, within the constraints of wire and colorbond size, to tailor make your aviary to suit your own requirements. Of course the larger the size, the more difficult transportation will be.

aviaries built to order

Here is a great idea for the summer heat. This aviary has been sized to fit neatly under a house. The birds still get the benefits of being outdoors but are always under shelter and safe from storms.

custom built aviary
Just ask and Clive will tell you if your design is possible or not. Some may have to be built as a flat pack. He may also suggest an alternate design which may suit you and your birds better.

Bird Aviary Videos

Here we are going to post some videos of our bird aviaries. The aviaries have all been made by Clive.

The video below is of a large bird cage custom built for a customer. Large bird aviaries do take more time to make and install. They provide a stunning feature for the larger back yard or acreage block.

How to keep your aviaries clean. Cleaning aviaries is not the most fun job in the world! This video gives some tips on making it easier.

Psittacosis – The Facts

This article on psittacosis was written by a friend and customer of ours to show the potentially devastating consequences of buying second hand aviaries or cages. Psittacosis is an avian disease that can be passed on to humans from carrier birds, especially parrots.

We thank the writer of this article for the permission to publish it on this site.

I’m writing this in anger, disappointment and frustration, AND HOPEFULLY, to help a few, fellow bird breeders, that honestly care about what they are selling. Hoping that you’ll publish this in a future magazine.

Psittacosis is a “very real ” disease, that can happen to any one of us, and did, to my partner, from 2nd hand aviaries we purchased, and re- erected, at our premises.

We cleaned them, by gurney, for 2 hrs, and they sat vacant for about a week, then we proceeded to put our breeding pairs in,ready to go down for the season (JUNE), then my partner became sick. Many blood tests later, the Dr. discovered he had Psittacosis.

We found an article in a recent ‘ BURKES BACKYARD ” magazine on the topic, we’d never heard of before. Apparently 160 people, a year become infected by this disease and that’s just the ones who seek medical help, and are diagnosed . There must be quite a few of you out there, that have had flu – like symptoms, and never worrried too much. ( My partner was very sick for 3 weeks , before he sought medical help) I seriously suggest, for those of you who don’t understand the implications of it, on yourself, or your birds, to Google it, not to scare yourself, but to get a better understanding of it.

Some of you will recognise who we are by now , and that’s because we have been “open and honest”.

Not long after my partner became sick, we noticed one of our newly purchased birds was off- colour,…. long story short, he to had psittacosis, and has cost us approx $700, much heart-ache, cleaning, treatment ( for ALL our birds ), and a VERY HUGE learning curve. I quess a lot of you would say, “why bother “, just “write it off “. We have a passion for our birds and are only in our 2nd year of aviary breeding, (we’ve had house birds for many years ) It’s not about the $,s, it’s about enjoying the species, and keeping the Australian Natives alive and well.

At our expense and time, we have been able to keep our bird alive, he dropped to 78 grams ( supposed to weigh 120g ), he presently weighs in at 105 gms, so is on the road to recovery and seems more feisty now than ever. If he doesn’t breed this year when we put him back in the aviary with his partner, we’ll soak up that too, but at the end of the day , we are the winners , for learning about the disease, being aware of the signs, and finding out ‘who really cares!!’, when it comes to avian culture.

To my way of thinking , we’ve done the right thing by our birds, and possibly have better immunity, than alot of other breeders, so if this article helps, just one new bird keeper along the way, then that’s all we can ask for.


Footnote: Would be great if you could publish this article, so that someone else out there doesn’t have to go through what we have. Would be good if we could get a clearance from the vet involved, so as eventually we are not penalised for being honest. Thanks for reading.

(Psittacosis is also know by the terms ornithosis, parrot fever or chlamydiosis)

7 Ideas For Lining The Bottom of Your Aviary

If you’re like most people you’re currently lining the bottom of your aviary with newspaper. Although this is not a bad idea and can work perfectly fine, you may want to browse through these other ideas to see if you like any of them better. Some of these suggestions may save you some time and trouble when it comes time to clean out the bottom of the cage.

1. Wood shavings – Wood shavings are very absorbent and can be used to line the bottom of your aviary. Some people find it to be less messy than newspaper due to its absorbency. Feathers and seeds are less likely to scatter when the birds get excited and start flapping their wings.

2. Wood pellets – These are also very absorbent and pretty much serve the same purpose as wood shavings. The decision to use pellets over shavings would boil down to which one is the cheapest or on sale.

3. Aluminum foil – It’s easy to clean up your bird’s mess when you line the bottom of your aviary with aluminum foil. Simply fold up the edges of the foil and then start making larger folds. You’ll be able to scoop up all the mess without leaving any behind.

4. Brown paper – If you have a large aviary you can purchase giant rolls of brown paper to use at the bottom of the cage. This type of paper is easy to roll up when it’s time for a cleaning.

5. Fleece blankets – These can also act as an insulator for the aviary. They are easy to fold or roll up. You’ll end up doing extra laundry if you choose to use blankets at the bottom of your bird cages so be sure to keep that in mind.

6. Waxed paper – This is a handy idea if you want to avoid scrubbing the bottom pans all the time. Since the waxed paper doesn’t absorb liquid, nothing can leak through and reach the pans located at the bottom of the cage. You’ll have to try this one for yourself to see if a non-absorbent paper is something you can work with in your bird cages.

7. Shop on eBay – There are tons of different paper rolls available on eBay at discounted prices. If you’re finding it difficult to get enough free newspaper, this is a good option to explore. If you are using newspaper on the bottom of your aviary and haven’t explored any of your other options, you may want to do so.

Some of the suggestions listed above may save you a lot of time and energy when you need to clean the cage. They are also a good alternative for people that are constantly scrounging around for enough newspaper to keep the cages lined.