and Water Containers
Hopper | Water Dispenser |
Ceramic Dishes | Bird
Bath | Cuttlebone/Millet
Seed Hopper Currently in use is the dry
food hopper (left) of the Lixit Pet Set
(intended for cats and small dogs). I used
to use the water dispenser (right) as well,
but it made it too easy for the birds to
soil their water.
seed hopper is a tricky accessory to get right, and
I still haven't found the perfect solution. Because
of the number of birds in my aviary, I like to have
a fairly large seed hopper that can hold a nice quantity
of seed, and make it accessible to a number of birds
at the same time. Because of the button quail, I also
like to use a seed hopper than can sit on the aviary
floor (Note: Many people use button quail to clean-up
the seed spilt from feeders hung up higher in the aviary.
I prefer my quail to have equal access to the seed hopper
and not have to sustain itself on food that is dropped
[although, I'm sure it would be plentiful]).
have chosen the food dispenser from a Lixit Pet Set
(designed for cats and small dogs) as a seed hopper.
The seed flows freely from the hopper, so I never have
to worry about the opening being clogged. It holds a
good deal of seed. It is smooth plastic, so it is easy
to clean and can be sanitized in the dishwasher.
downside is that the seed pools in a bowl attached to
the hopper. It is very easy for the birds to flick the
seed out of the bowl with their beaks, sending new seed
pouring into the bowl, but tossing the existing seed
out onto the floor. Thus, a lot of waste is generated.
I have seen outdoor bird feeders that use a trough sectioned
off into rectangular partitions that supposedly prevent
the birds from sweeping out the seed with their beaks.
However, I have yet to find one that is plastic, inexpensive,
and easy to load into a dishwasher to be sanitized.
There are also hoppers designed to collect the spilt
seed, but I haven't seen any that are both large enough
to supply all my birds and designed to rest on the floor.
I will keep looking for a better solution.
that I always buy accessories like seed hoppers and
water dispensers in pairs (or more) so that one is in
the aviary while the other is being cleaned.
new water dispenser. Hopefully, this one
will help keep the water clean.
In the past, I have used the water dispenser that came
with the Lixit Pet Set described in the Seed Hopper
topic. However, this provided more water than my birds
could drink in an eternity and was large enough to allow
the birds to poop and even bathe in it.
am currently using a water dispenser purchased from
(now owned by Drs Foster and Smith) that protects
the pooled water from droppings and is way to small
to bathe in. Note that when Hornbecks was acquired by
Foster & Smith, they discontinued sale of this
product. I asked them whether they carried this product
and if not, if they knew where I could purchase more.
They only said that they did retain this product and
tried to sell my on their existing products. This is
too bad, because this water dispenser works really well
- the water is always clean and the birds have an easy
time drinking from it.
ceramic dishes like the one shown here are
used for oyster shell and the pelleted diet.
ceramic dishes (meant for cats) purchased at Petco
are used to feed oyster shell and Lafeber's finch diet.
They are easy to clean and don't take up a lot of space.
They hold enough oyster shell for several days, so I
don't have to change it daily unless it becomes excessively
soiled. Usually a quick wipe of the rim with a damp
cloth is all that is required until the supply needs
to be replenished.
bird bath, purchased from Petco, is used
to offer my birds a bath, once a day.
intended to hang the bird bath (also purchased from
Petco) from the aviary
hood, but in the end, found it easier to place it on
the floor. I chose a spot that was not directly beneath
any perches and I only leave the bath water in the aviary
for a short period of time each day (since the birds
will drink from their bath water, even if it is full
of bird poop).
Top, millet attached to a perch with twist
Bottom, adapted use of the cuttlebone holder.
bought small plastic millet/cuttlebone holders from
Petco. These come with a little plastic perch, but
I prefer to place the holder near a real perch that
is stronger, longer, possibly branched, and can hold
more birds. I used the holders for the cuttlebone,
but chose to attach millet directly to the perches
with twist ties.
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