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Greenhouse conversion explained as we go

I thought, if its ok with the moderators, I'd explain my aviary conversion step by step. The plan is to convert my unused slightly dilapidated 8' by 6' greenhouse.
The problem is the frame is highly toxic aluminium, but the plan is to put a steel frame inside the original frame and bolt the mesh to this. Leave 2 sides and the roof with the glass in and stick fablon this on the inside (and maybe the outside) incase glass gets broken to prevent it falling in on the birds. The trees above need cutting back as well!
The plan is to use scrubbed galvanised mesh. simply because I can't afford stainless steel mesh. It's ridiculously expensive, adds 700 to the costs.
I'm still pricing it up. and looking at materials.
Planning a 6' x 6' flight with a 2' x 2' enclosed box type area to protect against cold. It's 6' high at the apex and 4' at the side.
Should make a lovely aviary.
I've attached photo's of the disaster as it is now.
Today I've cleaned it out and will endeavour to take photo's and post tomorrow.

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What are you going to house in it? Sounds like a cool project! DON'T FORGET PICS!!!


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Photo's attached?
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Looks awesome!


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Almost forgot, useful comments or questions gratefully received!!!

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I'm going to tell you the same thing I warn people all of the time! If the floor is made of wood cover it. Seriously, trying to do ANYTHING with wood soaked with excrement is impossible.
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Why do you say the frame is highly toxic aluminum?? Aluminum is bird safe as far as I know.
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Concrete floor, currently trying to source powder coated mesh.
difficult!

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All I'm gunna say about leaving the glass in is the temperature. I mean, of course it's a green house! It's gunna get seriously hot in there and you'd have to find a way of getting good temperature control. You could also put some non-toxic plants in there and mist them a lot keeping some moisture in there

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Gonna remove the glass on 2 sides and replace with mesh. Cover or remove one side of glass roof in summer. Look up aluminium on www. I've seen lots to say its toxic. I think the Jury's still out but I'm thinking of buying spray on bird safe powder coating. some stuff about it on IRN forums.

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Green house cleared out a bit more,
you can see the space.
Next job, get the trees cut back.
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heck, I may wanna live there when you are done. lol

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That is going to be soooo awesome!
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it'll be really good once it has been finished

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My friend rang and they have a breeding pair of ringnecks. she said just buy standard aviary panels and cover the wood if they start chewing.
hers are too occupied with toys and branches to chew the wood.
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Quick update. For those of you waiting. I've gone out for quote on my bespoke aviary. everythings on hold as the fox has ripped the back off my cockatiel aviary trying to get at the mice!. luckily its inside under the indoor quarters so I can fix it, but while I'm at it I'm gonna refit the whole 'tiel aviary. But hoping to redo the design of the Irn aviary on pc so can upload it and show everyone, done it by hand but not as neat. thinking I'll probably build it myself it'll be cheaper. I'd like to lay a small amount of earth down on top of the concrete and grass the top of it, but that would rot the wood? we'll see!

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if I recall correctly, the bird safe paint is Krylon They sell it for baby cribs and the like, so it's non toxic and safe to be chewed on



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Thanks Jenny, I'll need that to refurbish my parrot cage too!. using safe wood preserver. cant remember name right now but know its ok.

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