critterologist said:What a great play structure! Way better than the usual T-shaped perches.
I noticed that the safe flower list included a lot of herbs... maybe your walk-in cage could include an herb garden, inside and/or around the edges... something for humans to enjoy as well. If you put salvias, monarda, flowering chives, etc. inside, you'll get butterflies and bees as well, depending on the size of your cage mesh. Are bees a concern, do you think?
Moonhowl said:Budgerigars are from the Australian outback originally, where temps get up to 120F. Most of what you see now are far removed from the wild budgies, but they still require warmth. Unless your winter night time temps stay at or above 60F, your budgies will not be happy. They can not handle cold drafts or extended temps below 58 F to 60F.
Moonhowl said:I followed that line of thought with Admirable Bird, we were out of town over night and the power went off. The temperature in the enclosed porch dropped down to the 30's and I lost A Bird two days later. Perhaps if he had been acclimated to cooler weather it may have made a difference. If you have a zoo in your area you may want to contact them about best winter housing for your birds.
There has been quite a bit of breeding since budgies came from the wild, so maybe you can talk with your local pet store and see if they can give you contact info for a local breeder.
Moonhowl said:I think as long as there is a place that is dry, protected from drafts and on the warmest side if your yard (sunny south side) it just might work. They may prefer a more open bed as in the last link here. You could maybe enclose a small area to protect them from winter winds?
RickCorey said:A friend in Milford, CT read about a crate that was dropped in a nearby airport, releasing some tropical birds, I think parrots. They all escaped and apparently they found their way to the marsh in Milford.
(This was many years ago - 1980s? 1990s?)
There was 100% agreement that every parrot would die that same winter, "since they could not tolerate the cold".
There was a thriving tropical parrot colony a few years later. In Milford, CT. I hope they chnaged the reference books to reflect reality.
Moonhowl said:Birds gotta have their music.... and Babies gotta fly Do keep us posted.