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Linda,
Thanks for the input - I was hoping to hear from you since I know you have your own little flock. Yes, the room should be bigger and nicer for them to make it their own, so to speak instead of being in a bedroom upstairs. I'm looking forward to making it a safe, birdy haven for them!
The sunroom is 12x24 and there is no 'door' to speak of. They will be taking up half of the sunroom (my Congo Grey is in the other half) so I need a safe, floor to ceiling barrier that will go 12' across making it a bit challenging to find the right material with which to do it. Shower curtain(s) are not a feasible choice - we're thinking of hardware cloth or a woven wire cloth that we pressure wash to remove the zinc and then put up (it seems that they need to be scrubbed with vinegar first also to remove or neutralize the zinc).

I'm an impatient sort so am seeking the best, safest, and quickest manner to keep them in their part of the room, but have to carefully consider all aspects of it - but I'm ready for it to be done!!

Quick question - do you use the dried grape vine wreaths that are found in craft stores for your birds? I've been told they're safe as long as they're not varnished and I intend to use them as swings in the room.

BTW,. my budgies have been eating a veggie/grain mash diet and greens every day, plus Volkmans (non-fortified) seed and seem to be doing very well. I've found that Feeding Feathers yahoo group is invaluable in providing healthy diet info for all birds!
Thea
Linda, Thanks for the input - I was hoping to hear from you since I know you have your own little flock.[/nq]Thea, the only drawback is that I have several species of birds besides the budgies ... lovebirds, parrotlets, a quaker, and more recently a Senegal parrot. Once the lovebirds and quaker pass on (which won't be for quite a while), I'll only keep budgies and parrotlets. The Senegal I expect to have for many years since he's still a youngster and will be a year old at the end of February. Most of my birds were "rescues", so that's why I have a mixed aviary.

But to be very honest with you, if I was starting all over, I wouldn't keep more than a couple of species, as it makes it so much easier to house them and to have them live peacefully with one another. As you can imagine, I'm always "policing" the room when one gang is out while the others are in their cages. It gets tiresome, to say the least, and I have to have eyes at the back of my head at all times making sure no one lands on the wrong cage or starts battling with someone bigger and stronger.
For the most part, I'm extremely careful with the birds, but just a few weeks ago I had a terrible mishap in the birds' room. My sweet little spectacled parrotlet, Boo-Boo, flew on top of my quaker's cage and the quaker grabbed his leg through the bars and broke my parrotlet's leg. I was (still am) in total shock and very upset about this. Boo-Boo's leg isn't healing as it should, and it appears that it might be crooked for the rest of his life. Still, in spite of this the little guy manages very well to get around his cage, he eats well, plays with his toys.

Still, I feel just horrible about this. One option, as per the avian vet, would be to break his leg again and reset it, but the risks were too great ... paralysis or neurological damage. To me, this wasn't an option whatsoever. So, as you can see from my own experience, it's really so much easier and less worrisome to keep one type of bird. Stick with your budgies and you'll be very happy.
Yes, the room should be bigger and nicer for them to make it their own, so to speak instead of being in a bedroom upstairs. I'm looking forward to making it a safe, birdy haven for them!

You're doing it the right way .. having them closer to your own living quarters instead of an upstairs room. My bird room is on the same floor as our main living area, but it's closed off with the door that I described in my earlier post. I have quick access to them at all times.
The sunroom is 12x24 and there is no 'door' to speak of. They will be taking up half of the ... that will go 12' across making it a bit challenging to find the right material with which to do it.

Twelve feet across is a very large opening. I didn't realize that you had that much space to block off with a door of sorts. I'm hoping someone can give you other ideas on how to go about doing this.
Showercurtain(s) are not a feasible choice - we're thinking of hardware cloth or a woven wire cloth that we pressure ... the room, but have to carefully consider all aspects of it - but I'm ready for it to be done!!

This sounds like it might work. Your best bet would be to scout the hardware and home-improvement stores and see what they have that maybe you could utilize. Of course, you'd have to make sure that whatever fabrics, or metals, or materials you use are free of toxic materials, ie., that they're bird-safe in every way.
Quick question - do you use the dried grape vine wreaths that are found in craft stores for your birds? I've been told they're safe as long as they're not varnished and I intend to use them as swings in the room.

I don't use grapevine wreaths, but I would think they're safe if not coated with varnish. I don't have any trees or plants (natural or fabric) in my birds' room. I just don't want to take the chance of any of the birds chewing on something that could be poisonous or cause a blockage. Also, I'm not much of a 'plant person' to begin with (my cats cured me of this), and because I have so many birds to care for, the idea of looking after and maintaining plants is not something I'm really interested in.
At my local pet store, they have wonderful rope toys that can be suspended from the ceiling. These come in all shapes and sizes (some in the shape of huge cubes, etc.) and many of them have wooden beads intertwined with the cotton ropes. Perhaps you can consider a toy like this but scaled to budgie size. Budgies also love boings. If you can find these types of twisty hanging toys, I'd suggest you get a few of them and attach them to your ceiling. I'm sure your budgies would adore swinging from them and flying from one to the other.
BTW,. my budgies have been eating a veggie/grain mash diet and greens every day, plus Volkmans (non-fortified) seed and seem to be doing very well. I've found that Feeding Feathers yahoo group is invaluable in providing healthy diet info for all birds!

Yes, it's a very interesting and helpful newsgroup. I keep on saying that I'll start cooking/baking for my birds, but I haven't done this yet. You can also offer your budgies dried egg granules, oat groats, and millet in addition to what you're feeding them now.

Good luck with your lovely new home for the budgies. I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful space for your babies.
Best wishes for a festive holiday season to you and yours.
LindaA
"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan." (From: "Separate Lifetimes" by Irving Townsend)
Thanks, Linda. Actually, I do plan to stick with my budgies, but the Congo Grey was here even before they were. He's hand raised and is essentially my husband's bird (I gave it to him about four years or so ago). The divider in the sunroom should adequately separate both birds and when we're home, the Congo is usually with us anyway, in the living room or upstairs in the office area. Also, should a keet inadvertently escape from its side of the sunroom, they are very adept fliers and I suspect can easily get away from the Congo if needed, since he's pretty lumbering. Still, I'm not planning on any other larger parrots - only the budgies and the Grey.

I'll probably look into the boings for parakeets, but my DH suspended an 18" long natural branch swing in their upstairs room which will be transferred downstairs along with the (large) grapevine wreath, another natural swing and two round circles that actually came from a parrot's toy, which will be used as swings too, so they will have plenty of swing opportunities, plus we will probably create a natural wood play gym of sorts also to keep them occupied. I think they'll end up being so busy playing and swinging and all, that they'll have no interest in trying to pursue an escape route!! If I get a pic done of their environs afterward, I'll send it to you.

I made some birdie bread for everyone just tonight, from the Feeding Feathers group! It's been on my list to do for weeks now, so I'm glad it's finally done!! Now, it's off to bed!
Thanks for the holiday greetings - I wish the same for you and your family and the other 'regulars' in this group!
T.