Build Your Own Bird Aviary – Here’s How!

Custom aviary for pet parrots built in Florida


While filming our One Day Miracles DVD series, we got to meet some fantastic bird people. One couple was Gandolph’s owners, the Holzman’s, who were looking to get their African grey parrot to fly to them on cue as they were building an outdoor aviary and wanted him to come in at night.


After fixing their problem in one day, I asked Michelle to keep me updated with the progress of their aviary so that I could hopefully share what they had done here on our blog with all of you. Many people are looking into building their own aviaries for their birds as they can be very expensive otherwise.


She was kind enough to supply me with all the details, including the pictures.


Inside the aviary


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Here is all the info on this aviary I received from Michelle:


Aviary costs as follows:

1.       Dirt to level the ground, and river rocks for a “rinsable” floor: $600.

2.       Carport – $1000 (can get larger or smaller ones). Mine is 10×21 – 15 ft high. Important to note that this is a 10 ft high carport – they measure by the legs!

3.       Aquamesh 12.5 ga. 1/2×3 inch. – $300 for 50 ft rolls. I needed 4 to enclose the entire area (including safety catch doors).

4.       Screen and hiring of people who could make the porch/enclose the area. I did the entire thing with both the wire and screen – no bugs!  They also dug down 2 feet, laying hardware cloth ¼ inch wire to ensure that rodents and/or snakes couldn’t burrow their way in. Total: $5000.

That’s for the basics. I had to bring in a ton of dirt – but if the ground is level, that step can be skipped. Also rented a mini-tractor to bring the dirt down the driveway. I had a concrete surface already poured for our back porch, but we still had to pour some for the safety catch area and between the dirt and hardware cloth.

I added plants, fountains and bird toys/branches to play on: approx. $300.

So, this can be done for 8-10k. Although it seems like a lot, the health and freedom for the birds is immeasurable, as well as a beautiful screened in porch area to hang out and enjoy them in!


Thank you, Michelle, for your info on this aviary! And if you guys are looking to make your own or buy one, check out the aviaries we use for our birds by visiting


More pictures of the aviary in progress here.



I’m curious about cleaning the place. Even with power-washing, how do you speed up biodegradation of feces? I do a lot of composting, I wonder if shredded wood chips wouldn’t work well? Maybe sawdust against dirt, then larger wood chips on top. The feces would be sprayed down to below the surface wood chip layer. It would need to be cleaned out every once in a while, but may just 2-3 times a year if you only have a few birds, more if you have many.

Dawn Redmond

Would this kind of screen material hold up to an Umbrella Cockatoo?

Dawn Redmond

Have you ever cnsidered publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you shwre some stories/information. Iknow my reeaders would value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.


We built our aviary but the floor is pavers that way we can water blast it clean every weekend.


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