BUILDING A NEW BIRDROOM, start by digging out your foundations, preferably 6 inches to 10 inches deep. Fill this with broken glass (vermin hate broken glass). Next lay plenty of hardcore using as much brick rubble as possible.  Now you need to lay welded mesh over the top of the rubble. This may seem a waste but will pay-off in the long run. Next you need to level all this off with course building sand. Once this is all level you must still have at least three inches or more to fill which you place concrete into. This makes a good vermin free base and the concrete floor gives you a nice level platform to work on.

You must also make sure the foundations are two feet longer all the way around the edge of your birdroom. This will allow you to make daily inspection of your birdroom and also stop any rodents trying to tunnel underneath. Next you should use concrete blocks and cement them down as the boundary of your birdroom. Your new birdroom will sit on top of this.

  My birdroom was made using 2” x 2” timber as the framework. I used tongue and grooved timber for the outside finish and plywood as a insulation for the internal walls .

The floor was insulated with polystyrene sheets underneath a plywood floor finish off with a washable lino. The roof had a plywood ceiling and 3-1 fall which was also plywood and I used a double row of roofing felt which was nailed down.

My birdroom also has four large windows made from 6mm glass. The door is also double insulated. The room was finished of with a air vent in the wall and a 5-level mortise door lock.

 My birdroom has no lighting or heating but the insulation keeps the room very warm and I do rig-up a large studio light when the dark nights start closing in. Lighting is  something I will need in install in the near future.

  To finish off the birdroom you will need internal flights for the youngsters that you breed. You will also need breeding cages and nest boxes. Also shelves are very important.

If your cages are in blocks of four, I would try and place them as high as possible. It’s very hard when trying to clean out the bottom cages.
I was very lucky and acquired all my breeding cages, flight cages and drinkers from a local chap who had to give up the hobby. If I was to purchase all these items it would have cost me a small fortune.

It’s very important to join your local Bird Keepers Society. The member will be only to willing to help out and support you. They have all made their birdrooms and have all made mistakes and will be very willing to share them with you.  


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