Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Savannah, GA Shown: Dave setting up tarps on traveling aviaries by Customcages.com.
Since we travel with our parrot aviaries, we encounter all types of different elements that effect us outdoors. From temperatures, to wind, to whoever our neighbors happen to be (lions, elephants, dogs, horses...)
But the thing that most effects whether or not we can put our birds outside are the winds. It can be an okay temperature outside but when you add wind, it can really chill the animals. To avoid getting wind in colder months, like now, we try to park accordingly. Usually we will park our RV on one side of the aviaries, and our bird trailer on the other side. Here in Savannah though, we parked the bird trailer on one side and the dog act parked on our other side. Which was better, because their rigs were bigger which blocked more wind than our small RV could.
We also add tarps to the aviary sides to help keep wind from hitting the birds directly and chilling them. Blocking the wind with large vehicles and tarps really helps us control the elements and how much they mess with our environment.
Just a tip if you have outdoor aviaries and fear it might be too windy, really look at their location closely and think about adding some kind of wind blockers to them as well. We use strong clamps to keep the tarps on, as they are easy to remove as well for packing and unpacking them. We also sometimes set chains that we use as catch alls, and put them on top of the tarps for extra protection and to make sure they're going to stay secured down in windy weather.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.