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Wow what a score with that free aviary!!!!

I never saw it on Gumtree, bummer :D (no I really don't have the room for an aviary that size :unsure: )

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Here is the floorplans of our house and one showing the house on the block

 

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We arent still fully moved into the new house. We were to have had paid help to erect the aviaries down there but that deal has fallen through :(

So as well as having to move most weekends we now have to do the aviaries ourselves before we can take the birds down. Other MAJOR move will involve my leadlight workshop materials and tools and benches/cupboards etc.

I bought a 3m by 2.2m aviary with safety door on Saturday. It had a welded frame and was very well made. I took the angle grinder and cut the aviary in half lengthwise, we put it on the trailer and took it 2 and a half hours away to the new house. I bought a length of box tubing slightly less than the box tubing the aviary was welded out of, cut in into short lengths around 100mm, inserted each piece into a section of box tube I had cut through, screwed it in with metal tech screws and rejoined the aviary in this way. We then added the roof and the back wall sheeting, Aviary is back together but so far isnt level on the ground, nor have we worked out what we are doing with the floor of the aviary.

Time isnt on our side so we havent time to do a concrete floor in this case. I may have to get this floor section level and then put concrete slabs or brick paving inside for flooring. Suggestions welcome.

PS more aviaries to erect as well before I can transport the birds. Moving stuff is on hold till we can get the aviaries up and running.

Photos taken before we added the sheeting to back wall and I have yet to rejoin the seperated aviary wire at the front.

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The guy we bought the aviary off had cut wooden blocks that sit on top of the frame and are screwed down with the roofing screws into the frame, thus no gaps for rodents ............very well thought out I reckon :)

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If you do nto have time to concrete, then buy big pavers from bunnings to put down, 600mm x 600mm. They have a 45 degrees sloping edge and they slip into each other, with every second one upside down. I used to use them. Works well for a while.

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If you do nto have time to concrete, then buy big pavers from bunnings to put down, 600mm x 600mm. They have a 45 degrees sloping edge and they slip into each other, with every second one upside down. I used to use them. Works well for a while.

Good plan. But we keep looking at all the digging and soil moving we also have to do,,,,,,,,,,,and we are so buggered we arent quite up for it :(

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YOu are doing a fantastic job Kaz, I would offer to help but I live a few days travel away! :P The aviary looks fantastic. The only thing I could think to suggest is buying cheap pavers from your local dump, and laying them on the ground?

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Pavers or cement slabs are the way to go, but we also have to dig quite a bit of soil first to get it level. Devoting time to this is hard when its a 5 hr return trip each day and all we can do so far is weekends.......still moving furniture and effects as well. We will work something out this weekend I guess or erect the second aviary.

We are tired from all the packing and moving and our energy levels are down the gurgler :(

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Would you like me to come and help you out with building the aviaries? I Am more than happy to help you out. It's such a massive job moving between two houses. If you need to get some aviaries up i can go down during the week if you like? Or on the weekend? ROADTRIP!!! :D :D :rolleyes:

 

I am going to Tenterden this evening to visit the farm - will be back tomorrow evening but am free any other time

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Amy, thanks so much..........but you have a new baby :D

 

Pavers or cement slabs are the way to go

Enquiries reveal slabs either cost the earth down there or are unavailable :(

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Send me a ticket babe and I'll be over with a bottle of vodka and some gloves :D

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Send me a ticket babe and I'll be over with a bottle of vodka and some gloves :D

:D I know you would :D THANKS :D

 

 

I have worked out the best temporary way to sort out the flooring in the aviary is to use mouse mesh underneath and a layer of quality sand on the floor. Its achievable. We can do other things later on.

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That's what i was going to suggest Kaz, put mouse proof wire of bottom of cage and lay a good quantity of sand and later when settled concrete the floor. That is how mine have been done. Never had a mouse in them or sick birds.

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Amy, thanks so much..........but you have a new baby :D

 

 

It's all good! He feeds, sleeps, poops, etc. Whilst he sleeps, I work and help you :D . When he's awake I play, feed and change him - he sleeps for minimum 3 hrs at a time. The trip to Tenterten is a 6hr round trip so I am more than happy to help you out :D Also I think we may have some pavers here that we aren't using - but will need to double check first before I volunteer them haha:rolleyes:

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Diagonally opposite our house is the St Brigids Church that was built by the same catholic priest who built our house. House built in 1921 and the church in 1936.

Every Sunday morning we get the church bells at a quarter to ten

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Beautiful church Kaz but boy those church bells are loud.

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Oh Dear, Kaz, all the stress you must be under! Has me a bit worried. Are you and Ken eating properly? You need to guard against getting run down. Nothing I can do to help from overseas, except to send encouraging thoughts! Such as "It's really really going to be great, once the major hurdles are over, isn't it?"

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Just an update. I have moved into the new house and am busy both unpacking boxes and also doing leadlight work. Birds have settled in really well. They are pairing up in the aviary and I may put some pairs down to breed after the weekend.

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We have had the slab laid for the garage so once that gets built over the next week or two, it leaves the balance of the yard for me to rethink a new breeding room and aviaries. We worked out today I will have a space of approximately 8 metres by 5 metres. The only things making it slightly difficult will be an existing shed set high on an overkill kinda cement slab which my husband refuses to demolish so I have to use that slab as part of the new construction and there is a tree at the back which can stay but we will have to take out on of its large branches facing the yard.

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it shows the shed, the tree and some of the area to the right.....there's another 2 metres or so to the right that I can use and 2 metres forward from the shed I can use too.

I wont be keeping the current aviaries as far as I know, but things evolve so we will see. This wont happen overnight unless I get a massive injection of spare cash.

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all good comes in time kaz

i know you will master your bird room flights as you can afford them

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Why, I just want to move in right now ! It looks so inviting on the outside, i wonder what it is like on the inside.

 

You're so lucky, you are ! All i can do is dream !

 

But, anyway, I can't help you really, from over here. I guess all I can do is give you some encouraging comments, and perhaps suggest a few things too. Although I can't think of anything to suggest, sorry. :D So, keep at it, I'm sure you'll have a very nice house and some very nice budgies too once you begin breeding. ^_^

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