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Last Post 21-06-2013 2:37 AM by  reclaimingrebus
advice on mesh gauge and type needed please
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02-05-2013 5:23 AM
    Hi I want to put mesh up on the inside of my wooden lean to so I can use it as a day playroom for the birds.what size and gauge of wire please ax and any other advice.many thanks.edited to add that it will be for ammie and cab size birds...I don't do anything too big or too small lol
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    02-05-2013 11:40 AM
    I would suggest 1" x 1" in possibly 16g or better still 12g.
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    02-05-2013 4:29 PM
    thanks dave . Ill have a look for some
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    18-06-2013 2:57 AM
    Hi, I have just joined and noticed your query.  I note the answer but have also read to stainless steel is the best wire mesh.  As a "little old lady" I am concerned about cutting it to size.  How did you get on finding and using the mesh for your room?   Heather
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    18-06-2013 4:47 PM
    Hi Heather , I've not done this because on further investigation its not practical to do it where I wanted to, which is a shame. Cutting it would be a problem,I think youd need a hacksaw and a pair of very stout gloves, or even better a "very very nice young man" to assist.Hope you manage to sort something out.
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    19-06-2013 2:47 AM

    There is a lot to think about when dealing with parrots so I'm not surprised you changed your mind!  I am in the process of sorting out a small bedroom for my future guest to sleep in.  I need a wire door hence the query about the mesh. Now I am thinking about the window (which will remain locked) will I need a parrot proof blind?! .  Parrots (I have read) prefer a 12 hour sleep so I am constructing a dark recess with perches for a bedroom within the bedroom. 

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    19-06-2013 6:31 AM
    Hi. Good to see you are doing your homework. Most things (absolute necessities to keep them safe) people will all agree on but then you may be surprised if some things you may find contradictory advice on.
    Parrots like their 12 hour kip, although depending on your life style (going out to work and still spending time with them) 12 hours may not be practical. I give mine at least 9 to 10 hours. I now cover them up and darken the room to ensure they get a good night's rest. If we want to watch telly late at night we go to another room. I find mine have been much happier since covering them.
    I don't have a parrot room as such. I have a room where the parrots live that can get messy and untidy and unlimited access from their cages when I’m at home but they live in their cages when we are not there and at night. Some say a companion bird should be returned to its cage at least at night. I find most of mine will get into their cages and settle down for the night themselves. I just shut the doors, say goodnight and cover them up.
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    19-06-2013 7:09 AM
    Interesting and agrees with my understanding. Nice to be able to draw on the experience of others here. thank you - Heather
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    19-06-2013 2:12 PM
    Hi heather-you're right about needing something over the window - otherwise they may fly into the glass because they dont realise its there......although I found thick nets work quite well. Ty raises an interesting point about covering them...I used to move them into a darkened room but now I partially cover them at night ....they are protected from draughts and overhead light but can still see if they want.
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    20-06-2013 4:27 AM
    Interesting comment about the window. I am removing the existing venetian blind as  a potential hazard.  I have various nets but thought maybe a parrot would shred them!  Thanks, I will use a substantial net curtain and see what happens.  Heather
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    20-06-2013 6:40 AM
    Interesting you said about draughts as that was the reason why I started to cover mine up but then I found they didn't nod off in the afternoon so much and were more alert in the evening. So when the warmer weather came I continued to cover them.

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    21-06-2013 2:37 AM
    Heather mine have never damaged the nets' although they have chewed everything else lol.
    Ty . toms original notes said he hated being covered and that he slept a lot.since I've been covering him he also sleeps less during the day. He likes being able to see out so I just cover the top part and if he wants to watch the TV he moves to the lower part of the cage lol
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