Here is where we keep our flock! All of our adults and new babies are here as well as most of our breeding supplies. Once our babies are 3 weeks old they are moved to Our Nursery where we begin hand feeding.
This is where our our budgies stay when they are "on vacation" and not breeding. The cages are filled with natural branches we have cut ourselves of maple and oak trees, along with toys for their fun and chewing pleasure!
Currently we have 2 flights. Each one measures 6 feet long, 3 1/2 feet tall, and 2 1/2 feet deep. The trays on the floors are covered with plastic liners that are easily changed on cleaning day each week.
We keep our males and females in separate cages as we have found things are more peaceful that way, and we also don't have to worry about females trying to breed out of condition in the flights from all the male attention.
Our Breeding Cages
Currently we have 10 30x18x18 breeding cages. Here the parents are kept and the babies are born in the breeding cages. The babies will be here with their parents until they are 3 weeks old and ready for me to start hand feeding them, then they will move to Our Nursery.
We also have a smaller flight which you can see between the breeding cages for our new babies we keep at the aviary, here they get the hang of flying and climbing with their brothers and sisters before going into the bigger flights.
Each cage has 2 perches of different size to exercise their feet, a seed dispenser, a water bottle, a cuttlebone and mineral block, a dish for egg food and veggies, and a nest box.
Our Nest Boxes
We use Hagen Vision nest boxes since they are easy to clean and to check on the babies. They have slide out trays that we can replace with a new one daily to keep everything as clean and sanitary as possible. Here are some pictures of the boxes, and how they work.
We rough up each liner to make them easy to grip for the parents and chicks. Smooth surfaces will cause splayed legs, so its very important to do this if you decide to use the liners in this nest box.
And they attach to the front of the breeding cages like this:
Here is the desk where we weigh the chicks before they are ready to move to the nursery, and where they are banded.
We also keep our humidifier and an ever constant supply of paper towels for quick clean up along with some other supplies.
We have a bin for pine shavings which are used in the nest boxes and in our nursery boxes while hand feeding the chicks, and we also have a bin for is our seed that we make ourselves: