Outdoor living spaces are, without a doubt, our most preferred style of living for our birds. The reasons for this are many, but fresh air, vitamins from the sun that are hard to get elsewhere, desensitization and general mental health are just a few. So here are some amazing outdoor set-ups from friends and clients that we hope will inspire you to have outdoor living as an option for your flock!
Want to see our outdoor set up? Check out all of our information here.
The Outdoor Room
Outdoor rooms, like the Indoor Bird Rooms, always blow us away. I mean, how cool is that set-up?! These rooms are typically custom to suit what space you have available outside along with your budget, but the end result is always the same in giving the birds space to fly and forage and play without endangering them or having them too open to the elements. A great place to contact regarding making a custom outdoor room is Corners Limited.
A few key reminders when building your outdoor bird rooms...
- If you are using bars, make sure to check your bar spacing. This can be life threatening if wrong!
- Be sure to check all corners and seals around the floor and ceiling. Gaps between them, depending on the size of your bird, can possibly harm your bird or allow them to escape. Since this is outdoors, safety is paramount!
- Make sure you have something covering most of the room to protect your bird from the elements while also providing some sun exposure.
- Refrain from using insecticides or other bug repellants. Natural remedies are ok as long as they are not toxic to birds.
The Traditional Aviary
Traditional outdoor aviaries are what most people think of when they imagine outdoor living spaces. This is for a few reasons...
- They are more easily sourced and do not have to be custom made to fit an area
- They are more affordable than a custom outdoor room
- They are more popular online and therefore get seen more
We have nothing bad to say about traditional aviaries - we have loads of them! We love them! In fact check out all of ours here. This aviary in the photo is actually owned by our friend and client, Kim - it is gorgeous! The video up at the top of this page is of this aviary.
With any outdoor aviary, all of the reminders mentioned in the outdoor room section apply. But also we always recommend having a catch-all area installed for your bird's safety, especially if they are not free flight trained.
Traditional outdoor aviaries are typically a hexagon/octagon/some-sorta-gon shape or rectangular, but custom designs can also be done if requested! I know we've said it before, but for custom work - Corners Limited. The above aviary is by them - 12' diameter with a catch-all.
This isn't exactly different from the traditional aviary section above, but we wanted to give it a mention that, just like with indoor aviaries, we do not recommend outdoor aviaries being thought of a "multiple bird" aviaries. While yes, they are larger and can house multiple birds, each bird should have access to their own aviary if needed, and being housed together should be seen as temporary rather than necessity. Also be sure to never house birds of different sizes or those that do not get along together - birds can and will be lethal with one another.
In the image you will notice that our two sun conures are together, but we had enough cages that if they needed to be separated we could. We also made sure they had one of the largest aviaries even though they are some of our smallest birds. This was to make sure they could feel like they had their own areas if needed.
Outdoor Flight Area
Ok so this is NOT a living space in the sense of it being something you can leave your bird in and walk away. This is an area that is great to set up in your backyard for recall training, general trick training, or even supervised play. However, we want to stress that we never recommend leaving your bird in any sort of net enclosure without you being there and monitoring it.
This net is the one that we personally have in our backyard and is one that many of our clients have gotten as well. You can find it here on Amazon - we got the 55' one.
These nets have been so much for for our birds and our clients birds to recall train in a fun and spacious area. Due to the size of the mesh gaps though, it is only good to use this with medium to large sized birds.