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It will be a couple weeks before we build our outdoor aviary for our four pijies. I was thinking of planting a small ornamental tree inside that area (that I can keep pruned) to provide some shade and for the birds to sit in. It would however eventually limit flying space so I am not sure if it's a good idea. :confused:
The aviary will be 8' x8' x 8' tall and will have a roof over it.

Anyone have a tree in their aviary?
 

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I have seen pics of trees like ficus...? (spelling), or a dwarf cherry or fruit tree might work, you can plant those in a large pot so you can remove it if you need to....post pics if you do it, I would like to see...Im thinking of doing the same thing in my new flight.:)
 

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We have a couple of small 'trees' in tubs, miniature conifers. Also had Yuccas, but I suspect they got an overdose of nitrogen-rich fertiliser :) We have one leafless Yucca in our small extension to the main flight, and our tame dove and one or two of the pigeons like to perch on top of the bare trunk.

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I did a fair amount of research into what was safe and ended up with a ficus and a spider plant in the ground and also a potted palm tree that I can move around as needed. For water I bought inexpensive bird bath bowls and placed them in the gravel floor. They can be sprayed out each day to keep them clean and that, in turn, waters the spider plant and the ficus tree. Gravel floor has worked out great. I can spray it off and also rake it out as needed. We designed a 2 1/2 inch pipe system with a sweep end that sticks thru the screen wall and empties into a big water heater catch tray so the aviary can be fed from outside when no one has time to go in. So far so good.... :D
 

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Spirit wings I like the dwarf cherry tree idea, thank you, I will look at those.

John D I think the evergreens in containers would look really nice but I was thinking more of a tree the birds could climb around on. But I may consider using a container so it could be moved around.

Kippermom I love ficus trees but it would never survive the winter here, or a palm tree. And I kill 'all' indoor plants :( I am trying to picture your pipe watering system but I don't get it ???

Thanks everyone for your input. Gonna stop at a nursery today for some ideas.
 

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You could also try the fake trees, the ones six feet tall or so. My birds LOVE those. When they lived in the house (when I had my first few) they sat all day in them, and when they moved outside I put them in the aviary. They're very easy to hose off, too. :cool:
 

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Huh . . . didn't even think about that, Maryjane, thanks, I will look at those too since I didn't find anything I liked at the nursery yesterday. Everything they had was in big pots and like $100! And I don't want to dig a hole that big . . . we have all clay here.
 

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Huh . . . didn't even think about that, Maryjane, thanks, I will look at those too since I didn't find anything I liked at the nursery yesterday. Everything they had was in big pots and like $100! And I don't want to dig a hole that big . . . we have all clay here.
you can look for smaller ones and plant it in a bigger pot yourself to save money....in the fall is when alot of the trees are selling..
 

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Exterior Pipe Feeder

Dave....my birds LOVE the trees. It gives them quiet and secluded little perching spots...

As for the exterior pipe feeder...I will try to explain better....

There is 2 foot long vertical PVC pipe, 2 1/2 inches in diameter, attached to the exterior of the aviary wall. It has a threaded cap on the top. It attaches at the bottom to a 45 degree sweep (angled pipe) that passes THRU the wall and extends about a foot inside about 12 inches off the ground where it empties into a water heater catch basin...which is basically a 24 inch diameter saucer. I put the bin of seed outside by the pipe. I unscrew the cap off the vertical pipe and pour a cup of food into the pipe and it ends up inside in the saucer...voila'! It took about 30 minutes to make and the supplies were bought for less than $10 at home depot.
 

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Dave....my birds LOVE the trees. It gives them quiet and secluded little perching spots...

As for the exterior pipe feeder...I will try to explain better....

There is 2 foot long vertical PVC pipe, 2 1/2 inches in diameter, attached to the exterior of the aviary wall. It has a threaded cap on the top. It attaches at the bottom to a 45 degree sweep (angled pipe) that passes THRU the wall and extends about a foot inside about 12 inches off the ground where it empties into a water heater catch basin...which is basically a 24 inch diameter saucer. I put the bin of seed outside by the pipe. I unscrew the cap off the vertical pipe and pour a cup of food into the pipe and it ends up inside in the saucer...voila'! It took about 30 minutes to make and the supplies were bought for less than $10 at home depot.
ok . . . I got it now. Very clever idea Diane! And that would work for water too? I'll see if DH can help me figure something like that for my guys. Thanks Diane!
 
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