Need ideas for a Aviary for my Peafowl, bunch of q

Posted by: JoeG

Need ideas for a Aviary for my Peafowl, bunch of q - 02/10/13 04:49 PM

Hi, I already have a idea in my head as to what I want to do, It is going to be 20x16x8 or 9 ft high I have Pressure treated lumber, the frame is going to be 2x8 and 4x4 posts, there will be some 2x6 and 2x4 for bracing and what not.



I am going to put a door on one of the 16 ft sides in the corner and on the opposite end on the other 16ft wall I am going to sometime over the summer add a small coop just so they have some place to go to get out of the weather, this coop will be build outside of the Aviary with a small entrance for them to go back and forth though, the coop will be prob about 6x8x8 or something along those lines.



I plan to wrap the whole thing, sides and ceiling in 1/2x1/2 hardware cloth, Figured this stuff is pretty strong and should hold up well, I thought about using 1x2 welded wire but I think it is going to cost a bunch, I plan on buying 2 100 ft rolls. I'll prob also put one layer of hardware cloth down on the ground on the inside of the aviary, prob just one pass on the outer edge.



I may cover the top with a tarp for now , and maybe add a roof down the road or cover half and leave half open.



I would like to add some stuff in the inside, I don't know if I should leave the grass, or put wood chips or sand.



What about plants or trees? bushes? How many Peafowl could I keep in this size aviary? I have 2 Males and a female at the moment, I would like to add another female. Thanks
Posted by: JoeG

Re: Need ideas for a Aviary for my Peafowl, bunch of q - 02/11/13 03:28 PM

Ok I picked up two 48" X 100 ft rolls of 1/2X1" Welded Wire, And I picked up a 150 ft roll of 72" Chicken wire for the top with 1 Inch Holes. Hope this is goo, I know it wasn't cheap.
Posted by: Foehn

Re: Need ideas for a Aviary for my Peafowl, bunch of q - 02/19/13 01:59 AM

Joe, I don't know a lot about peafowl, but I would think that grass would very quickly become non existent on the floor and you will have to replace it with something that is easy to clean out from time to time. Consider what you will do with the floor material when you do clear it out. Wood chips will compost down after a while whereas sand will not, however, sand is easy to rake over and will mix in with garden soils so if you have clay or other heavy soil, it may help to improve the soil quality. If you use sand, it would be best to get river sand (fresh water) rather than sea sand due to the salt content.
The questions to ask yourself are, 1. Is it easy to handle
2. is it biodegradable. 3. Is cost a consideration.
Posted by: JoeG

Re: Need ideas for a Aviary for my Peafowl, bunch of q - 02/19/13 05:27 AM

Thanks, I plan to landscape the inside, I have thought about sand which doesn't cost much and I have more land then I can use, I could take the sand and spread/dump it somewhere on my property or along my stream.

Wood Chips I can get for free from the saw mill bear my home, They have chips,Bark Mulch and saw dust and once again I can get rid of it no problem.

I have also started working on a 8x10x8 Attached coop.