A few months ago I took over two budgies. The previous owner didn’t want to keep them, because her cat showed too much interest in them.
I had budgies before and was really excited when it was time to pick them up.
They are two beautiful girls and we named them
Wingardium & Leviosa
You see what we did there??? 😉
For those of you that are not into Harry Potter … Wingardium Leviosa is a charm to make things levitate.
Martin had the idea to name them that since I’m extremely into Harry Potter. He’s a smart one 🙂
So, Wingardium & Leviosa had one of these super high but narrow cages. They were barely moving, always fighting for the highest spot.
So I decided to build them an indoor aviary. But not just any. I wanted one that is special and also looks good in our kitchen/living area. Strolling around on Pinterest, I found those gorgeous aviaries, made out of old cabinets/wardrobes.
That was what I wanted!
It turned out, that it was not too easy to find the right one since I had pretty precise wishes. And like always, I didn’t want to spend much money.
It took a few weeks, but then finally, Martin found something on Facebook Marketplace. It was beautiful and we got it for 750kr (ca 75€)
And then the creative part began.
First, we did cut out the middle wall. Not as easy as it sounds when you don’t have professional equipment.
After sanding all edges, I painted the inside in a greyish blue tone.
Martins dad helped us to cut out the middle parts of the doors where we would fasten the chicken wire.
And when all this was done, I could finally move on to my favorite part. The interior!
Early on in the planning process, I got this idea to have an empty frame on the wall, with a swing hanging in there. So it would look like the birds are a painting when they sit on the swing.
Well, I mounted the swing different as planned, but I’d say I nailed it 🙂
In the middle of the aviary, we fastened a part of a birch, that we took from our summerhouse garden.
Even though until then, the birds were not too adventurous, I wanted them to have a big variety of sitting spots and toys.
And now I’m happy about that.
Since they moved in a few weeks ago, they transformed into completely different birds. They are curious and cheeky. Some mornings when I get ready for work, they sit by the door, yelling at me to open it because they want to fly. Their flying skills improved a lot!
They also use the whole aviary, exploring every single corner in there. Nibbling on everything (something they NEVER did before)
I’m so happy they love it as much as I do!