Aviaries & birdrooms

  • Off with the moss and on with the bitumen

    Off with the moss and on with the bitumen

    19th March 2020

    Your birdroom roof needs fundamental repair. Do you call in a professional roofer? Not if you’re JON ASHBY!  TWO things you definitely do not want in your birdroom are mice and damp and so maintaining the room in good order…

  • Design pointers for a garden set-up

    Design pointers for a garden set-up

    19th March 2018

    Photo: Les Rance. Safer all round: this budgerigar aviary at Les’s set-up has 16-gauge weld mesh all round  LES RANCE concludes his three-part series on colony-breeding budgerigars with advice on wire gauges, perches and pests. For previous instalments, see February 7…

  • Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    8th January 2018

    Above: A pair of orange-breasted chestnut-flanked white (CFW) zebra finches. Dave’s coveted pair also had the black-breasted mutation, an uncommon and interesting combination. Of course they had to be the ones to fall victim to rodents!  Take your eye fractionally…

  • The mechanics behind moulting

    The mechanics behind moulting

    4th December 2017

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Paul Reeves Photography. This American goldfinch cock is mid-way through the moult; its old feathers will drop out and be replaced by new ones  All avian species go through the moult, but what exactly does this annual process involve? PAUL…

  • Show-cage training: a bit of shelf-help

    Show-cage training: a bit of shelf-help

    21st November 2017

    Above: show-offs: no less than budgies or canaries, zebbies benefit from show training Never skimp on space for your birds to undertake show-cage training – it’s as important as breeding, says DAVE BROWN. Regardless of how good a show bird…

  • Broom Broom: must-have cleaning utensils

    Broom Broom: must-have cleaning utensils

    21st November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. From dental to ventral: gently brushing a canary’s underparts  Got your cleaning checklist sorted for the winter? DAVE BROWN lists some of his must-have hygiene utensils. Regular cleaning of the aviary or birdroom is a must if we…

  • Second-hand breeding cages: scrubbing up a treat

    Second-hand breeding cages: scrubbing up a treat

    20th November 2017

    Rust Never Sleeps, as the Neil Young album reminds us, though inexplicably Neil doesn’t mention second-hand cages. DAVE BROWN offers his own tips to make up for it. Photo: Dave Brown That’s how to do it, Poppy! Helpful Miss Brown…