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what we did this weekend

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Looking good, bet you cant wait. :D

I didn't get anything done with my birdroom this weekend as the weather in Tassie was rotten. :(

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this weekends progressSAM_0606.jpg">SAM_0600.jpg">and look what i found in the back yard on friday

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Nice snake LoL

Coming along very nicely i see

I,ve killed 11 snakes in the past 2 years at my place, pretty overpopulated :)

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you think

it looks abit flat because i droped a pavr on its head to make sure it was dead but my cat got to it first

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a good reason to sheetmetal up two feet from ground level all around the aviary

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lol, I nearly got myself killed by one of those a few years ago, luckily, I had an ear–piercing scream, so the vibrations were obviously too much for the snake to handle ;)

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haha what do you trhink

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Looking great, keep pics coming. As to snake, had a tiger snake"climb" up and wrap itself around a gateway into fowl pen, 6 feet off the ground. A few years ago now in rural area.

Your cat is the best bet l.o.l they seem to hypnotise them or something, ours used to bring us LIVE ones for a treat.

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Do an update when you get some more done please =)

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I would really put sheet metal all the way around the aviary like Kaz said because I heard a story the other day and it horrified me .

It went like this........ breeder in the western suburbs of Melbourne I think. Well he couldn't work out why some of his birds were missing and we are talking good birds and this breeder I think is a Champion breeder also.

Anyway this was going on for a while and I think in the end he sat out there and watched to see what was going on.

And what he discovered was a large snake I think brown was climbing up the wire to the roof and sliding through the channels of the sheet metal roofing and eating his birds.

I didn't relise they could do that but they have scales on there bad that grab hold of the wire and enables them to climb the wire.

This rotten snake has being doing this for quite a while, had his meals worked out in advance because it was easy food.

Poor little birds they never had a chance.

 

Plus small snakes can slide through normal bird wire and that is why I have mouse and snake proof wire of my aviaries, but some aviaries only have it on the bottom but all aviaries have 3 foot high sheet metal all the way around.

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Ha! This is PRECISELY why I have put snake and mouse aviary mesh on the roof and then put the roofing on top of it PLUS blocked up the channels with wire wool!!! ohmy.gif

 

NASTY SNAKES. mad.gif

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Ha! This is PRECISELY why I have put snake and mouse aviary mesh on the roof and then put the roofing on top of it PLUS blocked up the channels with wire wool!!!

 

 

BUT you still have aviary mesh down to ground level Renee allowing mice free access to your ground level food dishes. Time to sheet those aviaries up at least 2 ft maybe 3 ft :)

 

 

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Ha! This is PRECISELY why I have put snake and mouse aviary mesh on the roof and then put the roofing on top of it PLUS blocked up the channels with wire wool!!!

 

 

BUT you still have aviary mesh down to ground level Renee allowing mice free access to your ground level food dishes. Time to sheet those aviaries up at least 2 ft maybe 3 ft :)

 

 

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no no no. I have used the small gauge Snake and Mice proof aviary mesh for the entire aviary. Mice do NOT get in. I would know by now if they did. smile.gif

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Hi all, as I only have pet types and my aviary is a wire front and full wire flight. My greatest enjoyment is sitting on the patio watching my birds play. If I were to sheet metal around it I would lose this.

As this lad is only young and Dad is helping him get started I expect it would be a big added expense for him. Maybe if he goes into show birds a bit later he may consider this. Unless he has a huge problem with snakes,I think normal aviary wire is okay. he could use the live trap type mices traps so his birds are safe from them. Just my opinion. :rolleyes:

 

 

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I know what you mean Robyn, my aviaries are in the backyard not far from where Greg and I sit, so I can watch them all the time and I use to enjoy watching mine on the floor too but not anymore, I have to settle watching them on the perch.

But my sheets of metal were put up to stop the dog peeing in the aviaries so the sacrifice was worth it. couldn't stand dog pee on my floors , yuk.

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Hi all, as I only have pet types and my aviary is a wire front and full wire flight. My greatest enjoyment is sitting on the patio watching my birds play. If I were to sheet metal around it I would lose this.

As this lad is only young and Dad is helping him get started I expect it would be a big added expense for him. Maybe if he goes into show birds a bit later he may consider this. Unless he has a huge problem with snakes,I think normal aviary wire is okay. he could use the live trap type mices traps so his birds are safe from them. Just my opinion. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

My thoughts exactly! We get so much pleasure watching our birds on the aviary floor, have wire to the ground and have never had a mice or snake problem. Maybe just lucky, but I think good hygiene practice is a big step towards keeping mice away and as far as snakes go, if they are a problem where he lives then he may have to think about preventative measures otherwise see how it goes. The best way to learn is to get out there and have a go, I dare say this will not be the last aviary he ever builds just a stepping stone to things bigger and better!

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I know what you mean Robyn, my aviaries are in the backyard not far from where Greg and I sit, so I can watch them all the time and I use to enjoy watching mine on the floor too but not anymore, I have to settle watching them on the perch.

But my sheets of metal were put up to stop the dog peeing in the aviaries so the sacrifice was worth it. couldn't stand dog pee on my floors , yuk.

 

( pssst) don't tell Greg Splat , but GET A FEMALE DOG !! problem solved.

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But my sheets of metal were put up to stop the dog peeing in the aviaries so the sacrifice was worth it. couldn't stand dog pee on my floors , yuk.

 

Yes I would have taken those measures too. Darn Dog!!!! laugh.gif

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I know what you mean Robyn, my aviaries are in the backyard not far from where Greg and I sit, so I can watch them all the time and I use to enjoy watching mine on the floor too but not anymore, I have to settle watching them on the perch.

But my sheets of metal were put up to stop the dog peeing in the aviaries so the sacrifice was worth it. couldn't stand dog pee on my floors , yuk.

 

( pssst) don't tell Greg Splat , but GET A FEMALE DOG !! problem solved.

 

lol and get rid of Jake. Greg was meant to get a female but his sister gave him the male, rats.

She is trying to talk him into getting another one for a play mate for Jake, I said I do not think so as

there is far to much poops to pick up now.

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Hi all, as I only have pet types and my aviary is a wire front and full wire flight. My greatest enjoyment is sitting on the patio watching my birds play. If I were to sheet metal around it I would lose this.

As this lad is only young and Dad is helping him get started I expect it would be a big added expense for him. Maybe if he goes into show birds a bit later he may consider this. Unless he has a huge problem with snakes,I think normal aviary wire is okay. he could use the live trap type mices traps so his birds are safe from them. Just my opinion. :rolleyes:

 

If viewing the birds is a priority then use plastic sheeting HOWEVER.............to be considered are the costs of losing birds due to mice contaminating their food supply.

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Hi Dillster, we seem to have hi-jacked your post.

 

Have you and Dad made any more progress on you aviary? Do you have birds for it yet or are you getting them later?

That's the exciting bit actually releasing some birds into your aviary after all the hard work. :rolleyes:

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hi i have been in qld for 2 weeks just got home this morning at 7:00 we got the mesh from bunnings for 17 dollars on special same stuff that was 34 or what ever so year

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