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Worried About Myner Birds And Butcher Birds

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So, we have had our patio aviary for 2 days now, and have had a butcher bird visit 3 times and this afternoon a set of myner birds. I'm so worried for our budgies.

 

Today, I fixed an Owl to the top of the aviary and some shade cloth to the open bars except one front panel that I need open for access. The myner birds didn't seem worried about the owl, but luckily I was there and scared them away.

 

I have read, rubber snakes are good and well has hanging CD's. Will hang up two cd's tomorrow morning, and try and get a rubber snake.

 

Do anyone have any other ideas I haven't mentioned.

 

I should also add, the bar space is about 1cm-1.5cm. And it's not a huge aviary. It's hexagonal 1.1m wide and 1.8 high. It is covered all the way done on all but one panel with shade cloth.

 

Any ideas are appreciated.

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Assuming the shade cloth allows for ventilation, you could try perspex cut to size on one or two sides. I have this for my patio avaries in Melbourne ( for colder weather) and use fly screen toggles to hold the Perspex in position.

 

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I think I have solved my problem. I have made a pull down screen out of shade cloth that can be tied up when we are home, and let down and secured when we aren't. :)

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I heard that if the budgies have a place to go where they can actually hide and can get out of sight of the butcher bird or whatever then they'll be safe.

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Myner birds are harmless toward budgies, have had them hanging round my aviaries for years, without any dramas, they're only ever intested in surplass food scraps lying about. I know they are introduced feral birds here in Australia, and we would be better off without them, but seems they have set up here for good.

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I have the exact same issue with Myna birds and had put out a rubber snake to scare them away, which worked for about 2 days. One day while I was rotating my rubber snakes there was a massive wedge tailed eagle perching in a tree watching the birds. I had a heart attack as I have a small dog outside who does a good job at scaring away the birds who attack but I knew this bird could kill her easily. When it saw me it freaked out, swopped down and took my rubber snake!!!! I don't put them out anymore because I don't want him to come out incase. Pretty amazing though! I have lined my aviary with breathable fly netting which you can get for a pretty good price at bunnings; It is made of tiny wires so it takes a while for a Myner bird to peck it's way through and by the time it tries to do that my lovely dog would have scared it away. I totally recommend doing this as one of my budgies was grabbed and died after a heart attack :( since doing this I haven't had any issues like that with the birds, except for when they pretend to swoop which gives them a little scare, once again nothing serious and they eventually get used to.

Hope this was helpful :)

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