In our aviary, we are using several types/sizes of cages that have specific purposes. All our cages are made up of steel wire.
Type of cages that we are using
This type of cage is specifically used for breeding purposes – it has a measurement of 17 inches (height) x 17 inches (width) x 30 inches (length). Inside the cage are 2 wooden perches that are purposely positioned one on the upper left side and one on the lower right side of the cage. The idea here is for the breeding pair to have a better way of exercising when they transfer from one perch to the other. The nest-box (9 inches x 9 inches x 11 inches) is attached outside the cage so the birds will have more space to fly from. Inside the nest box are wood-shavings that serve as nesting materials for the eggs and chicks.
We use these cages, with a measurement of 2 feet (height) x 2 feet (width) x 4 feet (length), specifically to exercise the young birds and the matured ones (breeders) that has become too fat. Normally, we put not more than ten (10) birds per cage so they will have enough space and prevent fighting among the flock. It is always a practice of ours that we do not combine the young birds with the matured ones – matured African Lovebirds will always dominate young African Lovebirds.
We are using the hanging-cage technology which we patterned from our good friend Yutthana Imanothai – owner of Pin Farm in Bangkok, Thailand. This set-up is very effective to us as we find it very easy to clean the cages and the flooring as there are no cage-stands that will block when we sweep the floor. We also realized that with this kind of system, we have minimized (near eradication) the problem with ants and rats.
The aviary is managed hands-on by the brother-tandem of Billy and Bobby Badilla with assistance coming from three (3) specially trained helper/personnel. We started this venture in 1998 with a few pairs and we are now into breeding seven of the nine species of African Lovebirds (Agapornis) with the main objective of propagating beautiful, sturdy, healthy RARE mutations that we can share to our friends not only in the Philippines but also from other parts of the world.