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Outdoor Bird Play Enclosures

Outdoor bird play enclosures, sometimes called aviaries, can provide a much appreciated treat to your bird’s health and happiness, since birds are naturally outdoor animals. The fresh air and sunshine your bird will be able to enjoy can invigorate and refresh your friend.

Like an indoor cage or enclosure, there are several factors to consider, such as construction, size, location, and accessibility. However, unlike an indoor cage or enclosure when you have no other pets or small children, you must also consider the traits of other animals, such as cats, raccoons, and even other (predatory) birds. These could pose a real threat to your feathered friend. In short, your bird should not be able to get out of its outdoor enclosure, and other animals should not be able to get in.

A key to this would be to do a little research on the intelligence and abilities of other animals which might come into contact with the enclosure, especially since it will be outside. For instance, you may want to ask yourself whether or not your neighbor’s cat could fit his paws into the enclosure. Depending on what type of bird you have, this could be dangerous to both! Therefore outdoor enclosures should have less spacing between rails or other openings.

Any metals should be lead and zinc free. The preferred material is medical grade stainless steel, as it is easy to clean, and will not offer some of the potential risks of other materials, such as wood. And though care should be taken so that it does not happen, this material is also sturdy enough that, if the enclosure is tipped or knocked over, it will remain intact.

You will also notice that the sounds and sensations an outdoor environment will provide will make your bird more active and alert, so your bird's outdoor enclosure should also be of reasonable size so that your bird can play more freely.

A serious risk of an outdoor bird play enclosure is Avian influenza, commonly called "bird flu”, so cleanliness is also a very important thing to consider. You must make sure that dirt, feces, feathers, and other elements from outdoor environments are not carried into indoor enclosures or your house.

The most important thing to keep in mind when chosing an outdoor bird play enclosure is safety and security. If your bird cannot enjoy the sunshine and fresh air that an outdoor bird play enclosure can provide, then it is not worth the cost or risk to your fine feathered friend.