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Just a quick word of warning about stainless steel bowls for water. If your birds are not in a temperature controlled room and you get hot weather in summer, the stainless steel will heat up and therefore heat the water in them. Birds will not drink the water if it is warm or hot. They do not need to be in direct sunlight, just the ambient temperature will heat the container and hence the water. I can remember one very hot summer day here in Australia when a friend lost half his parrots in outside aviaries because he used stainless steel water containers. The birds would not drink and dehydrated. I was using glazed ceramics or unglazed terracotta and they were positioned on the floor of the aviary and I did not lose any birds at all. These containers are just as easy to clean as stainless steel and the water will stay cooler.

Bird Feeders & Waterers: Ceramic Crocks for Birds at Drs. Foster and Smith

The open bowls like the ones in the link above have the same sort of attachment as the stainless steel and are no more expensive.

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I use the ones in the top picture of this link. Called PTS-? the number refers to the size of the bowl. As I breed larger parrots I use the large ones mainly but have them in various sizes for both food and water in my standard aviaries and the suspended aviaries.
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These are just a few things. I personally don't do any of them thankfully but a lot of people do without knowing. Thank you for sharing, you may have helped somebirdy!

Kate, I never thought about that. My birds like warm chamomile tea. Is it just a water thing?
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It is on a hot summer day when they really need cool water. The water in stainless steel containers can get extremely hot not just warm especially here in Australia on a very hot summer day. Where I was living it was regularly over 40C and on a couple of occasions it got to over 50C with extremely high humidity.
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Yeah I can see why they wouldn't want it. Luckily here in the UK it's miserable and mild most of the time so that's not an issue I've personally had. Only problem I have is water freezing in the winter but I try to keep a constant eye on it and change it often. Kakarikis will break the ice on the bowl surface to have a bath!
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Daisy I have had the same problem with my lorikeets. In winter their water containers would often freeze and they would break the ice for a bath. Where I used to live it was extremely hot in summer and very cold in winter. I expect to have the problem more where I am now as I am in the much higher up and not that far from the New South Wales snow fields. It is still cold down here at the moment. We had a couple of warm days on the weekend but it started raining again early this morning and the temperature has dropped. Just started a fire to warm the house up a bit. It is spring here now and the temperatures are rising but we have had a very wet winter this year. The are expecting some snow falls in the next couple of days with the temperature drop.
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It's cold here at the moment. Frosty mornings, usually foggy as we are quite high up! Birds don't seem bothered by it. They're definitely used to the climate!
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My guys are still in cages in the garage at the moment. Glad I did not move them out the other day when I planned to as we had another cold snap come through last Friday. We had a really big storm come through and the temperature dropped again and the wind was really bad. It snowed in the snow fields as well and that is only a bit over an hour away. Where I was it was getting warmer and the day I moved we went from about 12C where I used to live to 5C to where I am now. And I left at 5 am and arrived at about 8.30am.
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I'm going to probably sound really stupid, but I didn't realise Australia got so cold... I always assumed it would be very hot except for mountainous areas. I don't know much about the climate there though. In fact, I think the only things I know about Australia would be about native birds and reptiles! I want to visit badly
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I am in the mountains Daisy. Where I am is about 800 mtr above sea level. You would love it where I am. There are heaps of wild birds and quite a few parrots. I have wild Sulphurs, Corella's, Galah's but the real beauties are the wild Superb Parrots which I often see a flock of about 30 odd roosting in the trees opposite me and the Crimson Rosella's. I have a pair that are nesting in the disused chimney in the old laundry. I also have a resident pair of Magpies and many small birds flying around and nesting in the tree in my front yard.

You would be more than welcome here to stay if you ever get down under. I have 2 spare bedrooms, the town is small at just under 300 people in the town and surrounds. Lots of sheep around here as it is a big wool growing area. I have a small flock across the road and just next door to them there are Alpacas. We have one pub which is great, I go every Wednesday night for the $12 roast dinner, huge meal and really good cooking, and on Friday nights they have a raffle, either meat or seafood. I think I am going to be banned from buying tickets as I have won 3 in 4 weeks, a seafood tray and 2 meat trays, but there are at least 6 trays on offer each week. Today I am going to the Melbourne Cup Day lunch, $20 a head for a 2 course meal and people will be dressing up for the day. And we also have a Golf/Lawn Bowls Club which is open Fri/Sat/Sun. They also have really good meals at reasonable prices. Plenty of bird life visit there too. The people in the town are very friendly and I am loving it here.

Still haven't got the birds out of the garage. I was going to get them out on Sunday but we had another cool snap come through, at least we are not getting the storms and severe winds that South Australia and Victoria are getting. It is unseasonably cool for this time of year, it was warm yesterday but the wind was icy as it was obviously coming off the snow. They had a couple of falls of snow a week or so ago. It does get hot here but it is a very dry heat and this house is a very cool house so it will be great in summer and as it is an old house and not open plan I can close doors and get the fire roaring and be lovely and warm in the living room and there is a gas heater in the kitchen.
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I am in the mountains Daisy. Where I am is about 800 mtr above sea level. You would love it where I am. There are heaps of wild birds and quite a few parrots. I have wild Sulphurs, Corella's, Galah's but the real beauties are the wild Superb Parrots which I often see a flock of about 30 odd roosting in the trees opposite me and the Crimson Rosella's. I have a pair that are nesting in the disused chimney in the old laundry. I also have a resident pair of Magpies and many small birds flying around and nesting in the tree in my front yard.

You would be more than welcome here to stay if you ever get down under. I have 2 spare bedrooms, the town is small at just under 300 people in the town and surrounds. Lots of sheep around here as it is a big wool growing area. I have a small flock across the road and just next door to them there are Alpacas. We have one pub which is great, I go every Wednesday night for the $12 roast dinner, huge meal and really good cooking, and on Friday nights they have a raffle, either meat or seafood. I think I am going to be banned from buying tickets as I have won 3 in 4 weeks, a seafood tray and 2 meat trays, but there are at least 6 trays on offer each week. Today I am going to the Melbourne Cup Day lunch, $20 a head for a 2 course meal and people will be dressing up for the day. And we also have a Golf/Lawn Bowls Club which is open Fri/Sat/Sun. They also have really good meals at reasonable prices. Plenty of bird life visit there too. The people in the town are very friendly and I am loving it here.

Still haven't got the birds out of the garage. I was going to get them out on Sunday but we had another cool snap come through, at least we are not getting the storms and severe winds that South Australia and Victoria are getting. It is unseasonably cool for this time of year, it was warm yesterday but the wind was icy as it was obviously coming off the snow. They had a couple of falls of snow a week or so ago. It does get hot here but it is a very dry heat and this house is a very cool house so it will be great in summer and as it is an old house and not open plan I can close doors and get the fire roaring and be lovely and warm in the living room and there is a gas heater in the kitchen.
Kate that would be absolutely amazing! The cost of the flights alone are a lot but that would really help us out. I'll message you more near the time should we consider that. It would be wonderful to meet you

Where you are sounds like a dream. Are you still in Outer Sydney (lookin at the little bit of info you get to the side under your username)? I was hoping to visit a friend who moved out to Perth but her family have turned their home into a day care and they aren't allowed people to stay over. I was really disappointed. I'm reading a book at the moment that a man wrote about his experiences with reptiles and venomous snakes at that. I've been day dreaming about the parts where he talks about Australia. A lot of people are scared of these animals but to witness them in the wild would be amazing. Here we have grass snakes (never seen one!) and European adders (never seen one of those either)

The biodiversity of Australia blows me away
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No Daisy I moved nearly 5 weeks ago and haven't updated that yet. I am now a 3 hour drive from Sydney and to the South West. I am only 1 hours drive from our National Capital of Canberra. It is a small town called Binalong where our famous poet Banjo Paterson went to school during his early years. That school is just at the back of me. If you Google it you should find pictures of the area and some of the old buildings here dating back to the 1800's.

We do get snakes around here but hoping that I don't see any. I am not scared of them but I worry about my dogs mainly. There are Tiger Snakes which can be quite aggressive and the usual Red Belly Black Snakes and Brown Snakes, all venomous.

In Canberra we have the National Zoo and Aquarium. Also in Canberra there is a Walk Through Aviary at Gold Creek where you can feed the birds and parrots, many of them will come right up to you and take the food from your hand. I know the owner there. Also at Gold Creek which you will really love is the Canberra Reptile Zoo with 50 species of reptiles and frogs on display. You can also see the National War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia. There is Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Going slightly further south west from here only about half an hour drive away is the town of Young, which is one of our largest cherry growing areas, they also grow lots of olives there. There are also lots of cold climate wineries in the areas around me. So there is plenty of things to do very close to me. These are all old towns and they have preserved so many of the old buildings rather than pull them down for development. Obviously not as old as so many buildings in the UK but old for us and so different from the buildings overseas.

To get here you would either fly directly to Sydney International Airport and then catch a train down to Yass, which is 15 minutes away from me and I would pick you up there. The train goes through here but does not stop anymore. Or you could get a flight down to Canberra and I would pick you up there. You may have to stay overnight in Sydney to make the connections.

I love just being able to go into my kitchen and look out the window and see so many birds just walking around the yard or flying around.
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No Daisy I moved nearly 5 weeks ago and haven't updated that yet. I am now a 3 hour drive from Sydney and to the South West. I am only 1 hours drive from our National Capital of Canberra. It is a small town called Binalong where our famous poet Banjo Paterson went to school during his early years. That school is just at the back of me. If you Google it you should find pictures of the area and some of the old buildings here dating back to the 1800's.

We do get snakes around here but hoping that I don't see any. I am not scared of them but I worry about my dogs mainly. There are Tiger Snakes which can be quite aggressive and the usual Red Belly Black Snakes and Brown Snakes, all venomous.

In Canberra we have the National Zoo and Aquarium. Also in Canberra there is a Walk Through Aviary at Gold Creek where you can feed the birds and parrots, many of them will come right up to you and take the food from your hand. I know the owner there. Also at Gold Creek which you will really love is the Canberra Reptile Zoo with 50 species of reptiles and frogs on display. You can also see the National War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia. There is Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Going slightly further south west from here only about half an hour drive away is the town of Young, which is one of our largest cherry growing areas, they also grow lots of olives there. There are also lots of cold climate wineries in the areas around me. So there is plenty of things to do very close to me. These are all old towns and they have preserved so many of the old buildings rather than pull them down for development. Obviously not as old as so many buildings in the UK but old for us and so different from the buildings overseas.

To get here you would either fly directly to Sydney International Airport and then catch a train down to Yass, which is 15 minutes away from me and I would pick you up there. The train goes through here but does not stop anymore. Or you could get a flight down to Canberra and I would pick you up there. You may have to stay overnight in Sydney to make the connections.

I love just being able to go into my kitchen and look out the window and see so many birds just walking around the yard or flying around.
I had a good look at the places you've spoken about, they all look wonderful. I'm very jealous of where you live, it seems so peaceful and quiet. I get a feel for it looking at the photos of the old buildings. I spoke to Jack about it and he said it would be an awesome idea after the wedding. We enjoy travelling around when we get the opportunity and Australia is a big one on the list for myself. I would probably stay a few days in Sydney to see it and have a mooch around, be rude not to! I'll have to have a look at the aviary and zoo. A reptile zoo too! Heaven haha

My last home was built in the 1800s and you could certainly feel it when you were in there. I find history fascinating. I did a bit of looking up on it. There's a pub there that hasn't been used since 1915! I'd love to photograph the older buildings. Are many still in use then?

I would love to see those birds outside my window. I used to find British wildlife so dull when I was younger but the older I'm getting the more I appreciate it. I think I had rose tinted glasses of places like Florida that I couldn't see the beauty in our own wildlife. The iridescence of magpies and the bright red faces of golfinches, fat little pink bull finches. The raptors have always been a big one with me. This year we had buzzards nesting in the woods towards the back right hand side of our garden and I've watched the chicks grow up. They come from the fields where I take my birds but their territory is enormous. Australian wildlife is something else though. I can certainly imagine why you wouldn't want to come across a snake! I've seen photos and read about people's experiences getting bit by venomous. Not for me! I certainly don't mind viewing from a distance or behind glass though

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That old pub would be Royal Hotel and is still there, was rebuilt in 1912 and closed to become a Bed and Breakfast, it is empty at the moment. Many of the old buildings are still in use but some are not but are preserved. The old Commercial Hotel (originally Paterson's Pub is still there built in the 1840's and extended in the 1870's is now a private home and is right next door to the existing Hotel Binalong which opened in 1922 the same time as the Commercial closed. My home was built around the same time as Hotel Binalong. The Black Swan is a gallery and wine bar and was originally the old Cobb and Co Coach House. The surrounding small towns also have lots of the old buildings and many are still in use. Bowning, which is just over 20km away has some lovely old buildings including a home that our other most famous poet, Henry Lawson, lived in. Boorowa, 30km away has some lovely old buildings as well.

I don't know if you looked at it, but the National Zoo also has accommodation inside the zoo and you can have dinner right next to a lion, go out onto the balcony and feed a Giraffe or bath next to a Bear. They have heavy duty viewing windows in the rooms. It is pretty expensive to stay there though.
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That old pub would be Royal Hotel and is still there, was rebuilt in 1912 and closed to become a Bed and Breakfast, it is empty at the moment. Many of the old buildings are still in use but some are not but are preserved. The old Commercial Hotel (originally Paterson's Pub is still there built in the 1840's and extended in the 1870's is now a private home and is right next door to the existing Hotel Binalong which opened in 1922 the same time as the Commercial closed. My home was built around the same time as Hotel Binalong. The Black Swan is a gallery and wine bar and was originally the old Cobb and Co Coach House. The surrounding small towns also have lots of the old buildings and many are still in use. Bowning, which is just over 20km away has some lovely old buildings including a home that our other most famous poet, Henry Lawson, lived in. Boorowa, 30km away has some lovely old buildings as well.

I don't know if you looked at it, but the National Zoo also has accommodation inside the zoo and you can have dinner right next to a lion, go out onto the balcony and feed a Giraffe or bath next to a Bear. They have heavy duty viewing windows in the rooms. It is pretty expensive to stay there though.

So you can get bare with a bear!
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