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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Getting Ready For Some Summertime Fun

By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.

blue-and-gold-macaw Photos courtesy of Linda Costello
JJ the blue-and-gold macaw can watch summer storms from the safety of a screened porch.  

green-winged macaws 
Molly and McMurphy dry off in the warmth of the screened-in porch.

Molly and McMurphy had the chance to enjoy drying off after a shower on the back deck the other day. We're having a wave of the first warm weather for this coming summer season. I can't wait to fix up the new deck for us! 

I decided to revamp the screened-in deck for the birds to enjoy some open-air summertime fun. It can be their outside aviary in lieu of the big stainless-steel one I'd love to have for them. The only holdback at this point is that for every few beautifully warm summer-like days we have, it always seems to revert back to chilly days. Winter tries to hang on a little longer!
 
Soon I know I can get working on that deck. First thing is to find where the wasps are getting in and fix it. Boy, the first sign of warm weather and those little varmits start buzzing around your head, daring you to try to stop them. Wasp-proofing the deck is a must for the safety of my parrots.
 
This 12-foot by 16-foot deck can be the ideal summer escape where the parrots can hang out in extra cages, on playstands or on swings that I will arrange out there. I'm visualizing some palms and other safe plants to give it a tropical look.
 
Update: After a few cool days, I went back to cleaning up the bird deck. It was a warm, beautiful day so I finally started putting some elbow grease into cleaning and rearranging with the birds in mind.

As I cleaned, a mild thunderstorm broke. The parrots watched and listened safely from their screened-in paradise. I can't wait to get everything done so I can get the whole flock out there to enjoy some summertime fun!
 
Have you found a way to get your birds outside to soak up some rays? Please share your comments about how do you get your birds outside during the warm months for a little fresh air and sunshine.

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My bird loves to be out in our sunroom on her "tree" in the summer, too.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 6/20/2010 8:33:54 AM
Your birds are soooo lucky. When I retire, I want to be one of your macaws.
Elba, Bloomingdale, OH
Posted: 6/15/2010 8:22:24 AM
Linda, it's all good. I love your deck setup!

Just a reminder that raccoons can get through screens and they will harm the birds. They lQQk at parrots as a meal in the making.

People don't realize that a screen does not protect the parrots from some of these predators. I would always supervise them.
Jan, Upper Greenwood Lake, NJ
Posted: 6/5/2010 5:20:45 PM
Easy Peasy - the balcony door is open all the time in fine weather, ChickPea comes and goes as she pleases. Yes I know about the safety issue but the pleasure she gets is worth the small risk. No special decor or set up, she's a parrot not a human so we don't bother about aesthetics. There's a branch to perch on, an old open cupoard, a destroyed (by her) linen basket and any boxes I've finished with that she can chew up. She's very happy with that and it's sometimes difficult to get her back inside.
Lisa, Brussels
Posted: 6/2/2010 11:20:23 AM
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