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Then we needed to place the covers. That was a prodigious feat. We had purchased three different buildings with 8' of open space in between to allow for weathering and light to come in. The cage is 18' high at one end and slopes to 20' high at the other. The tarp had to be carefully dragged over the hoops and stretched into place.
The open areas are covered with 1" x 1" galvanized wire. This will allow the birds to "weather" if they want to—meaning, they can sun or get wet. At first I was afraid that the covers would make the flight too hot. But after baking out in the sun, the shade afforded by the tarps made it much cooler inside the flight than out.
The next phase was to cover the ends with wood slats and make the double-door entrance. The wood slats are too wide for the birds to grab onto as they fly from end to end. This will help to keep their feathers in excellent condition. The slats will also allow for the breeze to flow through. Double-door entries are a must for any cage because they minimize the possibility of escape.
The final stage was the furniture—perches! We set up perches that are 14' high at either end of the flight. In between, we placed natural logs of different sizes to give the birds choice in perching material. We will be adding more perches as we need to.
Again, special thanks to all our donors and supporters. Without your help we could never have built this large flight cage—currently the largest one in Texas!