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Very nice!! My wife has a breeding aviary and would really love cages like that but, alas, I don't have the time. For the few things I have made for her she said not to use oak because the tannins are bad for the birds. Is that an issue for you?
all the oak is on the face frame, and front door, the rest is birch plywood and any wood on the inside is sealed, and have at least 6 coats of polyacrylic on it.

We checked with our vet and she didn't come up with anything that would be an issue. One of our cages has an oak branch in it and no ill issues. So I guess it safe.
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all the oak is on the face frame, and front door, the rest is birch plywood and any wood on the inside is sealed, and have at least 6 coats of polyacrylic on it.

We checked with our vet and she didn't come up with anything that would be an issue. One of our cages has an oak branch in it and no ill issues. So I guess it safe.
Evidently there is some controversy over oak so I guess SWMO is erring on the side of caution. Thanks for the reply.
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Fantastic job, great looking build keep the pics comming.

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Default Finally got the cage set up.

Well...... It's been a long road but finally got the better half to set up the cage in the house, she was waiting for breeding season to be over (it stopped in November).

I still have to put, the mural on the wall behind it, and some time this next year I am going to make a shelf/light box to go over the top of it.

Anyhow here it is with birds in it. the second pic is a picture of the mural we have on order to put on the wall behind the cage.
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Fabulous design Danny! Your craftsmanship is unmatched. Very nice.

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The problem with oak is the tannins - mostly in the bark- and it is only a real issue if the birds chew on it. Since you have beautiful gouldian and zebra finches I don't think that this will be an issue, however if you built this for say a macaw I'd be worried.

Congrats, I'm very jealous, been trying to get hubby to build an indoor cage for my chickens for a LONG time. My greenwing just got a new all stainless cage... so he's set.

one question: any plans for build in filtration?
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The problem with oak is the tannins - mostly in the bark- and it is only a real issue if the birds chew on it. Since you have beautiful gouldian and zebra finches I don't think that this will be an issue, however if you built this for say a macaw I'd be worried.

Congrats, I'm very jealous, been trying to get hubby to build an indoor cage for my chickens for a LONG time. My greenwing just got a new all stainless cage... so he's set.

one question: any plans for build in filtration?
Thanks for the info, I looked into the Tannins issue all over net and basically came up with the same conclussion that it was mostly in the bark that became the issue (we also asked our Vet), also the only oak on the inside of the cage is the face frame, and the front door, and the fact that the inside of the front is smooth (no place for the birds to hang onto) they would have a hard time chewing on it if they did chew wood (they would have to do it while in flight to start with.

If you mean air filtration, I thought about it but the cages (3 seperate in the unit) are open on the tops, sides, and bottom with stainless wire mesh. Once I start the design for the top shelf light box combo unit I might add some air flow and filtration, I plan on having an antique brass wire mesh to allow for air movement, about 5" tall or more between the top of the cages and the bottom of the light box. That's one of next years projects.

We don't have Zebras any more they breed like crazy, the wife has Green Singers, Cordon Blues, Shaft Tails, and Owl finches, (might have missed some) along with the Gouldian's: she trying to get a good clutch of Blue back Gouldians going now.

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Danny that is a real work of art! Beautiful workmanship all round!

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Danny, great craftsmanship.




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Danny, what a pity the birds are too dumb to appreciate the five star hotel that you've made for them, it's magnificent. Having had an outdoor aviary back in the 70's with up to a hundred budgerigars, I'm surprised that there are enthusiasts who keep birds indoors.

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