Cheyenne- We had some unexpected visitors on our hands that kept getting into our aviary that Mr. Cottage built for the birds.
Here is a picture of our most unwelcome visitor inside of our chicken aviary after killing all of our bantam silkies. We just felt like something was wrong and went down to the pen and this is what we found. It was angry that we stopped its meal.
We think that it got in by squeezing into the roofing. It was so heart wrenching. Mrs. Cottage and I rushed in and she held a stick like a baseball bat to protect her face and I went in behind her and got the door to the bird’s barn dugout (there were so many shavings that the door was stuck open) so there I am digging it out with my booted foot. I was terrified. Mrs. Cottage prayed a mile a minute but I got it done and all the rest of the birds into the barn with myself and Mrs. Cottage and we backed out the other barn door. We were so scared.
Mr. Cottage and his boss stopped by and let the Buzzard out of the aviary and off it flew for the moment. But sadly it came back daily and tried to find a way in. We patched every spot we could think of, but still, it got in. Finally, we had enough and decided to build another home for the birds.
Mr. Cottage -We made the run part out of 2×4’s and rabbit cage fencing. We placed the house on top of the run with the nesting boxes coming off the back and supported by poles. The frame for the house I made from 2X4s then cut the plywood to size and screwed it onto the frame.
On the floor of the house, we sprinkled DE ( Diatomaceous Earth) then put Linoleum over it to enable easier scrubbing and to help preserve the wood. I also made it so one side of the house opens to make cleaning easier.
I wasn’t sure they would like it after having so much room in the aviary. I knew the answer when I saw this in the AM. Yep, they had settled in just fine.
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