Protection from the Elements
Construct the roof so that it will slot tightly over the top of the shelter once the components are assembled. It is best to leave the application of roofing felt until this stage is reached, but allow for a double layer of heavy-duty roofing felt when ordering. You will also need some lengths of translucent plastic sheeting, to partly cover the roof and the sides of the flight on the outside. This will afford the conures a degree of protection against bad weather, as they will not want to be confined to the shelter permanently during the winter. In severe climates, or exposed localities, you may want to extend the sheeting to cover most of the flight. The conures should receive as much protection as possible. Wind chill will lower the temperature quite noticeably, even if the air itself is not excessively cold. Prolonged exposure to icy winds may cause permanent kidney damage, although the birds themselves may appear unaffected at first. In the summer the plastic sheeting may act as a heat magnet and should be removed, covering just an area near the shelter. This can be achieved simply by constructing a framework to which the plastic is attached, and then affixing this when required by screws to the main aviary structure. Timber with dimensions of 5 cm x 1.25 cm (2 x 1/2 in) is suitable for this purpose.

Erecting the Structure
The best means of joining the frames to the base is to use frame fixers, which are driven through the wood into the foundations below. These provide a secure and easy way to carry out this task, although you will need help to hold adjoining panels in place, until they can be fixed together. Bolts passed through predrilied holes in neighboring frames will ensure that the final structure is both held firm and yet can be dismantled later, should it need to be moved. It is important to ensure that the bolts are well oiled, and fitted with washers as well as nuts, so that they can be released quite easily if required. Once all the sides are in place, the roof of the flight can be fitted. This can be bolted onto the structure quite easily, since with the wire mesh on the inner face, the bolts will be accessible from outside the aviary. The shelter roof also needs to be affixed firmly in place, with the roofing felt then being placed on top, and extending down on all sides past the point where the roof joins with the building. Painting the felt white will serve to reflect much of the sun's heat, and helps to prevent the material from cracking prematurely. Guttering should be affixed to the lower edge of the roof, and in turn connected to a soakaway, to ensure that rain water is taken away from the structure itself.

Protecting the Interior
Inside the shelter, you will need to decide how to best protect the exposed woodwork from the conures' beaks, and whether you want to include a layer of insulation. The simplest option to cover the timber is to clad the entire sides with wire mesh, using netting staples. This will mean that the conures will not have easy access to the framework, nor will mice be able to establish themselves should they gain access to the aviary. Obviously though, the structure will not be insulated, and old seed husks and other dirt can accumulate behind the mesh where it will be difficult to remove. Provided that there are no exposed edges accessible to the birds, you can alternatively line the shelter using either hardboard or thin plywood, with insulation material behind, and covering just the window with mesh. Under these circumstances the conures will be unable to attack the lining with their beaks. Where joints are unavoidable, ensure that the edges of the sheets are as flush as possible, even if this means adding to the framework beneath, so that the sheets can be pinned together evenly. If all else fails, you may need to batten the joints with a broad piece of hardwood, which will probably have to be replaced at intervals.

 

 

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