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KG KAT Aviary

My birds are in an upstairs bedroom. I decided to do this instead of building outside so that I could see them more often. Come on in, I'd love to show you around.

                  Aviary Door                           Come on in

Don closes the door to the aviary when he gets up to get dressed in the morning so I can sleep an extra hour. I get up about 7:30. That's when they get loud enough that even a pillow over my head won't block them out any more. The master bedroom is the doorway to the right. I check on them every time I come upstairs. Also when I hear anything that doesn't sound right. The study where I'm at most of the day when home is right under the aviary so I hear everything especially when something is dropped. Like a water bottle is knocked off the cage. You get to know your birds like you do your kids and you just know when things don't sound right. It was also a lot easier for me to get started by using a room that was already available. I also feel this way they are protected much more. The door's open now but let's go down stairs to get their breakfast before we go in.

This is the tray that I carry up to them each morning. They get a different food item each day. The top row of dishes go to the Tiel side of the room, 2 of the breeder cages and 3 of the flight cages. The second row is the second dish for the breeders and the fourth flight cage. Breeders get two dishes each morning. One of veges and the other of whatever is being fed to the rest of the birds that morning. In this picture everybody was getting rice/bean mixture. Third row is the vege mix for the lovebirds set up for breeding. The amount of food in each dish increases as the babies hatch and grow. I turn on the intercom radio as I leave the kitchen and boy do they start up then. This is their signal that I'm on my way.
                Cockatiel breeding cages                  Stacking flight cages

On the left are Corner Stackable cages. They measure 36"x18"x18". These cages are very easy to keep clean and are on wheels. I have rough plastered walls so I hung clear plastic behind all the cages for ease of cleaning. The nest boxes, food dishes and water bottles hang on the outside of the cages. When the birds are set up they have perches at each end of the cage and one near the food dishes. They also have toys, especially wood ones to chew on. They are set up for 2 weeks before they get their boxes. At time of set up is when they start getting extra food. This is to mimic in the wild when the food source increases during the spring.

I liked the Corners cages so well and couldn't find flights that were wide instead of tall that I asked Don to build the ones on the right for me. He ordered all the parts from Corners. Each section is 61/2'wide, 33" deep and 2' tall. All the birds rest in these when not breeding. The bottom section is divided in half for the extra Lovebirds and a pair of Quakers. These sets of cages are on one side of the room. They get moved out every other week for the walls to be washed and the cages washed down well. Whenever I'm doing this heavy cleaning one of the species are allowed out to fly the room. If I have to leave the room for any reason the door is closed. The flights can not be moved out of the room, they are too big.

The other side of the room is the lovebird breeding area. So as we turn around you'll see the lovebird breeding cages which were built by my husband Don. He does all my building for me.

        Lovebird breeding cages      Always 6 set up
The first picture was taken from the doorway and the second was taken from in front of the flights near the window. The flights come out to the window sill the same way the cages shown here do. As you can see the top frame where the cages actually sit started to sag so I had to put blocks under the front bar. The cages are a good 5 inches above where the papers are. The shelf underneath the cages hold all the supplies that I use on a daily basis. Just for reference the first nest box that you see in the 2nd picture is the same cage as the 4th one from the window in the first picture. The last 2 cages were just set up so won't get their boxes for another week. On the closet door are my gauges for temp and humidity. There also, is my set up record. At a fast glance I can tell what date to put up boxs, expect eggs, or hatchings without having to go down to the computer.
In the closet are all the containers I use as brooders and extra cages. The bags hanging have clean water bottles and food dishes in them. The water jug is 5 gallons of distilled water and in the box under that is millet. The handle you see is my vacuum. I run it every morning and also sometimes in the afternoon. I've just redone the room and need to take new pics. I put a shiny bathroom panaling on the walls and painted the ceiling. The bath panaling is much easier to clean then the plastic was.

Well I guess that's it. Hope you enjoyed your visit; hope to see you again. This site will cover the breeding end of KG KAT Aviary. I've trained many breeders and wrote a few articles about it for Bird Clubs of American and my bird club Peninsula Caged Bird Society. If you'd like to start breeding click to continue.

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