Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outer Sydney Australia
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They don't bother them. They will come down and sit on the cages and talk to them. I have them in suspended aviaries which really require no cleaning. Mine have no steel framework at all. Just heavy duty bird wire that is clipped together with a special set of pliers and American J clips. They are 4ft x 2ft square and sit on a metal frame about 2ft 6in above the ground so everything just falls through. On the top at the back half of the cage I use corrugated plastic (old real estate agent signs) that keep the water off the food and the nest boxes. These type of cages are great for lorikeets particularly. The wild ones will come down and sit on the top of them and talk to my birds. They all have a great time.
Some of the suspended aviaries I have are just tied onto star pickets. These suspended aviaries are great if you are renting as you don't need concrete slabs to put standard aviaries and as I said no cleaning. They are also very light and if you have to move you don't even have to catch the birds and put in transport cages. You can just carry the cage birds and all, load into a truck or trailer and cover and off you go. So putting them into a new place is really quick and easy and the birds are not stressed out. They are really easy to make (a friend and I got it down to 2 hours from start to finish to make one). There is only one join down the long side as you bend the wire into the rectangular shape, then put in perches and then attach the ends. I even make my own doors out of wire and the J clips at the top of the door for hinges and use spring clips to close the door. You either make the door big enough to put the nest box inside or you can make a shelf in one top corner to sit the nest box on, cut a hole for the entry in the cage. This can be easily blocked off if you want to remove the nest, and is fairly easy then to access the box from the outside of the cage. These suspendeds can really be made to any size you want by joining the wire with the J clips and putting in extra stands along the cage. With mine I either only need 4 star pickets, one in each corner and a frame to just sit them on.