My Aviary

For my little flock of Lineolated Parakeets that guideline means an accommodation in an aviary with a floor space of al least 90 square centimetres.
Aviary The actual measurements of my indoor aviary are 3.1 x 1.1 x 2.0 m (length x width x height). Nevertheless they are able to fly in an approximately 4 x 9 m large room nearly every day.

The aviary is a wooden self-construction with normal, galvanised aviary grid (mesh size 12.7 mm). You confidently can use aplenty of woods for an aviary with Lineolated Parakeets, because they rarely gnaw. Merely they nibble fresh branches of willow, beech and fruit trees.
The skeletal structure consists of fourteen single elements, which are only fixed with carriage bolts with suitable nuts. Thereby a fast and simple assembly/disassembly is guaranteed, which can be helpful for thorough cleaning or transport.

Feeding place
Feeding place
The back board of the aviary is composed of a coated beaver board (here with wood pattern for optical purpose). To this two identical side walls are attached. The front consists of three further elements, of which the middle one has got one small, and the right one two doors, so the aviary can be opened over the complete height. Thus, it is accessible, which enormously eases the regular cleaning process. In the right element there is a rotatable feeding site as well as further cups.
On a coated wooden board fruits and vegetables are offered on plates or in flat bowls. This board is fixed to the aviary with hinges, so it can be turned down for easier aviary access.
The top elements are stringed with grid except for a small part. Approximately the half of the right top element is covered by an additional beaver board. This cover provides shelter, underneath placed branches and swings are often used for sleeping or dozing.

Obst- und Gemüsetisch
The fruit and vegetable board
At least, the basement consists of an coated 19-mm-chipboard, on which the floor covering is brought up.
For additional illumination a electronic-self-ballasted 18-W-full-spectrum lamp burns 12 hours per day, because the window-penetrating sunlight might not be enough. The full-spectrum imitates the sun light to a certain degree. The UV-A and UV-B part assists the vitamin D catabolism of the bird body and increases the general well-being of the animals. The control gear is necessary for up-regulation of the light frequency to several kHz, so the lamp doesn't emit for the bird-eye visible flickering.

Interior decoration: There used to be 40-cm-long bark element with a diameter of about 20 cm in the upper right corner of the aviary, mainly covered by the top board. That was used by Bo and Luna for sleeping. The at that time other three Lineolated Parakeets weren't tolerated neither in, on nor near to this "sleeping role".
But obviously the couple wanted to brood in this bark element. For I don't want to breed or have the permission to breed I had to dissuade the two "enamoured" from their plan.
Sleeping house Because Lineolated Parakeets prefer "closed objects" for sleeping, I created little "sleeping boxes". These are completely open at the front and the bottom, but covered on the backside, the top and the sides. Two branches substitute the missing basement. The entrance to and exit of these "houses" is possible by a branch, which runs in front of them. Additionally these boxes serves as sleeping platforms, if one squeezes between box top and aviary top. Thereby, all Lineolated Parakeets are satisfied, without trying to brood.
As well in the upper, left corner as in the right corner of the aviary, partly underneath the top coated beaver board, altogether there are six of these sleeping houses, which are haunted by all Lineolated Parakeets in the evening. Between one to three Lineolated Parakeets sleep together in or on the houses.
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Watering place

The rest of the aviary is equipped with natural perches of different thickness (I mainly use branches of beech, hazelnut and apple tree; the branches have a diameter of 1 to 4 cm) and sisal ropes. By concatenating the single branches with sisal the complete interior decoration is moving constantly, especially if birds approach the branches to land. This promotes the equilibrium sense of the birds. Instead of sisal ropes also hemp ropes or untreated leather strings can be used. I would discourage from plastic bands, because my birds like plucking apart the ropes.
For water absorption there are two watering places available. I prefer the so called "fountains", because Lineolated Parakeets have got a mysterious talent for polluting open drinking containers. The small drinking openings of the fountains result in clean water.

Baum A pot filled with gravel and bird-sand is placed on the floor of the aviary, in which fresh branches are offered regularly. Thereby the entire height of the aviary is used. Usually an accommodation, which is longer than high, is recommended for parrots. I would support this suggestion, if there weren't the Lineolated Parakeets. Surely, they also would accept a longer, lower aviary, but I often are able to observe them climbing around, using the complete two meters of height.
For floor covering I prefer bedding for small animals, due to easy cleaning and enormous liquid absorbance. The latter is quite important according to the excrements of the Lineolated Parakeets after consuming great amounts of fruits or vegetables. Indeed, one disadvantage is, that this bedding is quite lightweight. If one bird flies up from the ground the bedding is spread in the surrounding of the aviary. Therefore I fixed transparent, flexible plexiglas at the lower part of the aviary. Through this the mess is minimized.
Alternatively the floor can be covered with e.g. beech granulate, bark mulch, bird sand, hemp grist or maize granulate. You have to see, which solution you and your birds get best with.

Swings are popular meeting places
Beside the daily offer of food sand and grit are provided on a board on the aviary. This "mineral station" is visited by all birds regularly, for picking up little stones and sand. Further mineral blocks and cuttlebones can be found within the aviary.

In that room, the birds use for flying, several landing, sitting and climbing sites are placed. All places stand relatively high (over 1.80 m). There the Lineolated Parakeets feel secure. But that doesn't mean, that they are not interested in the rest of the room. If their exploratory urge breaks out or they search for breeding places, also bookshelves, desk clipboards, indoor plants (attention!!! are these plants surely not toxic?), chairs, sofas and curtains are no longer safe from them. Even the floor is haunted sometimes, as well inside as also outside of the aviary.

The resting and landing sites:

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