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"Aviary bird"...what does that mean exactly?

So I asked about rosellas in the Small Parrot section. In the end, I decided against a rosella at least for now since they are better off as an "aviary bird" rather than a pet bird.

However the more I thought about it, the more I realize...I have really no clue what an "aviary bird" is! Let alone why it is so different to treat a bird as such compared to a "normal pet bird"!

I tried to look it up more online but I feel like the available "information" are assuming I know things that I don't.

Someone care to explain?? Dumb down the info as much as you want because I feel that clueless now!
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An Aviary bird is a bird that lives in an Aviary and that generally does not like to be handled or spend much time with people.



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Then what constitutes as an aviary cage? They don't look any different from a normal bird cage at least to me...
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Aviaries are usually very large open flights where quite a few birds can live. They are also usually outdoors.
Here is a photo of an example. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3514/...1a2eefe7f0.jpg



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Can this be done anywhere or just places with certain weather conditions?
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It really depends on the birds and their ability to cope with the weather. Here in Edmonton where it can get to -60C in the winter it would be impossible and quite cruel to keep aviary birds as they wouldn't survive the winter.
In a more temperate climate it would be very possible as long as they had shelter to get away from the weather.



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So basically not for places that snow. Can you still have an aviary setup indoors?
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Oh you can have them in places that snow, but not places that get super cold. (like, below -20C I would say)
You CAN have an aviary set-up indoors but it would take up a lot of room.
You can get flight cages though that are large cages on stands that usually have wheels that don't take up near as much room.



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Ok that's good. I asked about the indoor option because I live in a very "liberal" neighborhood that likes to whine whenever any pets are living outdoors as being "cruel".

I can picture how a finch or budgie aviary would work out indoors but not rosellas. (Their size makes me think I should might as well give them a whole room rather than buy a cage)

Rosellas are not in my future (yet) but I like the idea of a budgie aviary now~! Thanks!
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No problem! I also am planning on having at least a couple of flight cages with Budgies so I think that's a great idea.



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It would feel especially nice since I see budgies all the time at local shelters via Pet Finder needing homes...
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Exactly, there are always tons of Budgies in the classifies that need homes! It'd be great if you could take some in.



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Yea but not yet though. I have a college degree to finish~!
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Good luck on your schooling! I commend you for waiting until afterwards.



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What Kayla said, but some birds do go outside into an aviary in the day time, the ones that she showed you were the Womach's aviaries in their garden for their macaws and toucan that they go into during the day, but they're indoors on a night, they're also not exactly HUGE aviaries so they wouldn't make good permanent homes, those ones are more... outdoor cages to be honest

When I think of an aviary I think of something that is either made from metal or wood with metal mesh (or plastic in the case of birds of prey) that you can make pretty large. You can build to size, I used to keep many budgies outdoors, they had an indoor/outdoor aviary which was 15 foot long, 7 high and 4 wide. Then I had one next to that which was 6 foot long by 6 foot wide by 6 foot tall, and that had holes in a wall so the budgies could run inside and go into their breeding cages. It worked really well

The weather in England is bipolar, honestly. For us, one day it could be horrific rain the next sunny and the next snowing. Our birds cope well in this weather, well most do anyways. My kakarikis love it!

Typically an aviary bird would be something that may be just for show, like look but not touch, or perhaps breeding. However, Pickles my green cheek x maroon bellied conure was bred in an aviary, raised in an aviary with no human contact yet he's probably my tamest bird, regardless of the others being hand raised! It all depends on the bird but perhaps if you did want rosellas it would be best to get a pair

I do think getting the budgies from rescues etc to have them in an aviary is a lovely idea

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I keep 3 pairs of tiels ib my outdoor aviary in the UK.
They've survived hot summers 30 deg C upwards.
Cold winters down to -8.
Days of torrential rain.
And the odd tornado.
Where in the world are you?
My birds are not tame but used to human intervention.
They will take food from your hand through the wire.
I love watching them fly about and interact.

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I live in NJ but like I said, I live in a very "liberal" neighborhood that likes to whine whenever any pets are living outdoors as being "cruel". Besides I don't trust the certain kids in my neighborhood.

I don't want a BIG aviary, just something for like four to six budgies. I'm thinking about getting two of this cage and combining them to make one big one:

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You can buy double flight cages

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Yea but I like this cage better. More interior height for the birds~!

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That'd be cool for them.

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