Fancy an aviary in your garden?

A communal or mixed aviary will bring ambience, adventure and decoration to your garden. With the right birds and information it is easy to get started and care is simple.

A few useful tips to get you off to a good start

Buy a solid ready-made aviary. This will save you time and you can be confident that it has been designed with the needs of the birds in mind. Tip: aviaries are often finished in a brown colour. By using a non-toxic stain you can adjust your aviary to the colour of your house and garden.

Start with a number of pairs of birds that are easy to keep, such as canaries, society finches, diamond doves and zebra finches.

Place the aviary in a sheltered location in your garden so that it can protect the birds against rain and too much sunshine. Equip the aviary with a frost-proof and well-insulated night shelter.

You can make your mixed aviary as attractive as you like with plants. Conifers in various colours and sizes, box trees and also bamboo, rose hip, common ivy and fruit trees are perfect for the setup.

Tip: do not place plants directly under the perches as the droppings are not easy to remove.

What do you need to get off to a good start?

  • Ready-made aviary
  • Night shelters
  • Pair of birds
  • Water bowls
  • Feeding troughs
  • Bird grit
  • Stomach stones
  • Floor cover (beech wood is highly absorbent)
  • Birdbath

These basic necessities will cost a total of around € 250 to buy on average.
The cost of caring for the birds and maintaining the aviary will be no more than € 10 a month.

How much space do you need for an outdoor aviary?

Obviously, the more space you have available, the better. The little outdoor aviary pictured has a diameter of 1.3 metres and a height of 2 metres. This size is ideal for installing on a terrace close to the house and large enough for 2 to 4 pairs depending on the species and size of bird. An excellent starter pack.

It is not hard to look after birds, nor does it take much time.

Daily (+/-10 minutes)

  • Supply fresh drinking water and feed
  • Check whether the birds look healthy

Regularly (+/- 30 minutes)

  • Clean the floor and perches, and once a week replace the floor cover
  • Clean the feeding troughs and drinking water bowls
  • Supply bath water
  • Check for vermin, such as bird lice, and eradicate any you find

If you cover large openings with a screen, you will prevent the birds from flying away when you are seeing to them. Tip: a slide-out plastic litter tray makes cleaning really easy.


The most common aviary birds (canaries, parakeets, tropical birds) are seed eaters. A mix of cereals and seeds from the bird’s natural habitat forms the basis for good growth, condition and resistance. The seed mix can be supplemented with fresh green fodder, eggfood and liquid vitamins. In addition to a well-balanced feed, the following should also be given to the birds:

  • Maagkiezel voor het vermalen van de zaden een vogel heeft geen tanden
  • Grit voor de calcium behoefte van de vogels
  • Vers drinkwater (voorkom bevriezing in de winter)

Make sure that the birds have regular access to bath water.

From hobby to sport

Once they have had a communal aviary for a long time, many bird lovers decide to specialise in one or a few species, which they start breeding. They will tend to switch to separate cages where they can separate the pairs for more specialised breeding. The aviary is also often used to allow the young to spread their wings or to get so-called show birds into shape. For more information on breeding birds and taking part in shows, we refer you to the website of the Federation of Bird Lovers in your country or region.