Introduction: Finch Aviary

Parts needed (approximate sizes).......

1/4" plywood
1pc - 48" x 60"
2pcs - 24" x 16"

1/2" plywood
1pc - 48" x 2"
1pc - 48" x 6"
2pcs - 48" x 16"
2pcs - 60" x 16"

Double sided tape, 8' x 6' plastic sheet, artificial grass,
plastic leaves, cork bark from pet shop, 1/2" x 1" timber/baton,
3/8" black mesh from garden centre, architrave/dado rail,
2 x 4' lengths of 1/2" aluminium or steel tube, 1/2" dowel for perches.

Step 1:

To start with, the large pieces of ply are glued/nailed to form a 4' x 6' box with some 1" x 1/2" baton to reinforce corners
then double sided sticky tape applied to secure the lining of plastic sheeting.

Step 2:

On the two 5' sides cut out an area out 4' x 6" from the front edge leaving 6" from the top and bottom of the cage,
this makes the side window. Attach the 6" x 48" ply to the top front of cage and the 2" x 48" ply 6" from bottom of cage,
this leaves a 4" gap at the bottom front of cage. Secure aluminium or steel bars to form the front side supports.

Step 3:

Artificial grass and plastic leaves are stapled in place
with the cork bark pieces screwed from the back to hold in place.

Step 4:

3/8" mesh stretched over cage front and stapled in place.
Architrave or decorative moulding can be attached to frame the cage front and hide staples.

Step 5:

The two 24" x 16" ply pieces can be trimmed down to slide into the bottom of the cage and
1" x 1/2" baton attached around each sheet. These make the trays to catch waste in the bottom of the cage.
You could us a 6" x 48" board to make the bottom front door but I used Perspex and wire so we can see the birds eating.

Step 6:

Comments

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tomatoskins (author)2016-02-24

This is so cool! How do your birds like it so far?

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SamanthaB11 (author)2016-02-23

Our finches love their new home , they are now sitting on eggs in the nests up at the top, two finches came out for the photo shoot and posed for me

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