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Homemade Indoor Aviary-just Showing OffMy winter project this year was to build an indoor aviary for our growing budgie family. The pet shop cages stacked on top of each other in true redneck fashion just wasn't doing it. We used Redwood with a red Oak stain sealed with polyurethane for the frame, Tenax 1'X3/4" (2.5cm X 1.8cm) vinyl garden netting for the mesh, coconuts for feeders and Raffia Tiki Huts to protect their internal water dishes from downfall. It's designed with modular internal panels so it can be configured anywhere from 1 up to 8 separate compartments. It is currently set up for four breeding pairs. I had a hard time deciding on the mesh, worried about the larger than usually recommended spacing and vinyl durability, but I have been super pleased with it. It's big enough that neighbors can feed each other and interact freely, yet there's no unauthorized hanky-pankys goings on. They have plucked and chewed it with no breakage or wear. The best part is it so much finer than wire that you can really enjoy watching your little friends unobstructed. There have been no tangles or strangles at all, completely safe for them. okay, full disclosure, Azure our blue hen did get her split leg band hooked on it once but released with only a few "fowl" frantic parakeet words. I also had some concerns about the four large, full frontal, front doors with 180 degree swing, but we have found even with the doors wide open they are content to stay inside and readily return on their own when they do go on a little walkabout. The perches are two different diameters, free hanging and all laddered together with 550 paracord for that "swinging in the breeze" effect every time someone perches or lands. It is lighted with 8 feet (2.44m) of LED fluorescent lighting in three banks, set on a timer, dimming to 200 white LED "Christmas" lights for that starry night effect, before turning off for the night. A bottom shelf carries all the food and supplies for their care. Kinda' fun and the birds sure seem to enjoy the space to fly a little. We currently have 12 hatchlings and 6 eggs to go! >It's like living in the Outback, sleeping to baby 'keets cricketing all night then waking every morning to symphonies of cheerful rambunctious singing!<