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Aviary Question

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I have a question about those of you with Aviaries.
I won't be able to build an Aviary at the house we're at now since it's on the Military Base and I doubt they would approve it.. but I'm planning ahead.

Here in Edmonton it can get down to -50C, -60C in the winter time with wind chill and I was wondering if there would be any chance at all to be able to keep birds in an Aviary in the winter time here ?? In the winter I would obviously cover the mesh with thick plastic sheeting and put heat lamps and such inside but would that be enough?

If this isn't possible I'll just have to wait until we move back to BC to build my own outdoor Aviary.

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Hmm I don't know, it may be okay with the heating but it will cost sooo much less if you wait haha

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Lol, I knowww! Gah!! We are here for at LEAST another 3.5 years though, maybe longer.



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~I think it may be species dependant.
research which species can withstand a small chill.
for example Kea live in the mountains of New Zealand.
I wouldn't recommend these though as they are extreamly intelligent and hard to keep busy. They are great destroyers. look them up on youtube.
But my point is most but not all parrots come from hot countries but Irn survive very well here in the wild. They find themselves a nice warm barn. My tiels are out in all weathers, it was -8 here a couple of winters ago, ?I only had 2 in the aviary b ut they were fine.
So with some insulation and heating you should be fine but you'll need an alarm should the heating fail.

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I think I would be looking to keep Cockatiels and Budgies.
I'm thinking I'm just going to have to have flight cages indoors for now instead.



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Probably cheaper!

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Lol, probably. :P The only problem is you can only have so many flights indoors!!



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Lol, you could get rid of some furniture to make more room. Jusk kidding, I do that, but most normal people wouldn't want to.
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Oh, I would do that but I don't think Mike would want to, lol. We have the whole basement which has a lot of room but then the birds would have minimal natural light which wouldn't be great.



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Oh, thats too bad, a whole basement, what a shame
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I know! I could get full spectum lighting but that would be expensive.



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Money always gets in the way doesn't it.
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It sure does. Oh, well... having to save up helps me not make spontaneous decisions that may be regretted later, lol. (Like getting a large Parrot when it wouldn't fit in our life as of yet)



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What kind of parrot would you be interested in buying if you could house one at the moment, Kayla?



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In the Aviary maybe Budgies and then I could start breeding. Or maybe one or a pair or larger Parrots like IRNs.



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Be careful with IRN. They're known to kill their mates in many situations!

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Thanks for the reminder Daisy, I totally forgot about that
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Get a proven pair of IRN. If you're getting them.
Tiels are easy to breed generally.
I had loads of trouble deciding.
I just wanted everything.

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Ahhh, that's right Daisy I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I'll just stick with Cockatiels and Budgies for now then. I'll keep the large Parrot(s) singularly in the house.



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Really, Daisy? I didn't know that. :P
I've never successfully breeded anything, although I've only tried a couple of times with budgies.



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