I am interested to read that some of you guys are using 1 inch square mesh for housing Kakariki. We recently sold some Kakariki to a breeder who claimed to be a bit of an expert on these birds. He had built new aviaries specifically for the birds.
A few weeks later he rang to say he had lost several of the birds. They had in fact hung themselves through the wire. He had used 1 inch mesh and the birds were continually sticking their heads through as Allen described. This is okay until the birds become "spooked" and try to pull their heads back inside the cage. In the case of this particular breeder he had some butcher birds hanging around and these created panic amongst the Kakariki.
I certainly wont use and dont recommend 1 inch wire for birds as small and as inquistive as Kakariki because the heartache of seeing one hanging through the wire isn't worth the risk.
Posted by Allen:
The reason the larger mesh is a problem is that I have had a bird stick his head through the top of a cage and not be able to get it back again. Fortunately we spotted it in time and I was able to help him (with my heart in my mouth) get his head back. He struggled quite a bit and their necks are so fragile, I thought it was going to snap.
Sorry didn't read page two of thread, I see Greg covered the reason for using smaller mesh. _________________ My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
We have used Galvanised 17mm x 1mm mesh square welded. Painted with water based very dk browm to enble better veiwing into the aviary.
Any dark coluur of similar shade to the aviary back walls or a bliank will do.
If u use a felt tip pen, colour a patch about the size of your hand...when looking from a distance you would swear the mesh has a hole in it
The 17mm works well
Being 1 mm it messes up the tail feathers bad, when the birds hang on the wire.
A friend has 13mm x 2m and doesnt have the prob with the tail feathers messed up and broken.
Small Mice can get in and out of the 17mm, Our friend with the 13mm has had very small mice...then afrter a big feed, cant get back out and set up house in a nesting box...not a common occurance, just a couple times over 20+ yrs.
The mesh is stapled to 50mm x50mm borax treated pine frame with 9/16 staples from an electric staple gun, every 3rd square.
Woorks well i _________________ My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
I am using welded mesh,25mm by 12.5mm apertures (1.6mm thick wire)for my kakariki as far as possible. We used 25mm by 25mm quite exstensively for suspended aviaries and I am housing large birds in these avaries.
The only problem with 25 by 12.5 for suspended aviaries is the build up of mess on the floor section is far greater than the larger mesh as it does not fall through as easily. I am thinking of building an aviairy with 25 by 12.5 top and sides but with a 25 by 25 floor and see if this is perhaps not the best option.
im only a kid so dont know what wire and got my cage from a friend
who no longer needs it after hes built a aviary
housing 15kakarikis 2green cheeks and
14 zebra finches
i put kaks in this cage and they seem to be
fine as well as 2 zebra finches.
Oh yea and how do i look in members photos.?
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