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I had already put up the garden house for the bird aviary and small animal aviary. Now the appropriate outdoor enclosure was missing so that the rabbits, birds and guinea pigs are also protected outside.
Truss for the bird aviary
My goal was to fence in the area in front of the garden shed up to the sidewalk. For the rabbits and guinea pigs, a small fence 75 cm high would be quite sufficient.
However, this fence would not be an obstacle for the budgies and the cockatiel. So I needed a completely fenced enclosure.
To fix the aviary wire, a special wire mesh for animal housing, I wanted to build a kind of truss frame. Then, to this truss frame should be attached lattice. The top and bottom could also be fenced in this way.
Material for the aviary
However, during the construction of the outdoor enclosure, as so often this year, many problems arose again. One problem was the lack of building materials. While the roof was still lacking suitable OSB boards, wooden beams and roof battens had also become scarce in the meantime.
In coordination with my building materials dealer, I ordered 80×100 mm beams and 40×60 mm roof battens for the framework.
- Material: Stahl, feuerverzinkt
- Abmessungen: Gesamthöhe 150 mm - Tiefe 60 mm - lichte Breite 81 mm - Einstandshöhe 100 mm - Materialstärke 4 mm - Anzahl Löcher 8 / 1 - Loch-Ø 11 / 14 mm
- Ausführung: zum Aufschrauben
- Hochwertiger Pfostenträger in bewährter Qualität von Alberts - Problemlöser in Spitzenqualität, die immer dann helfen, wenn es perfekt werden muss.
- Alberts bietet nicht nur ein umfangreiches Sortiment an hochwertigen Pfostenträgern an. Wir führen auch eine Vielzahl von Profilen - Blechen und Winkeln - attraktive und sichere Fenstergitter sowie praktische und dekorative Zäune.
In addition, there were polycarbonate sheets for the roof, angles for the large beams, angles for the roof battens and various screws. I wanted to fix the beams with post anchors in point foundations made of KG pipes.
Video of the construction of the outdoor aviary
I recorded the construction of the outdoor enclosure in a video. You can find the playlist with all videos about the project “Build your own garden aviary” on my YouTube channel.
Point foundation with KG pipe for the wooden framework
The ground in the outdoor enclosure had a slope of about 5 to 10% to the sidewalk. However, the surrounding lower wooden beams of the truss should run on the concrete foundation of the garden house and the outdoor enclosure.
So I needed a foundation structure that would compensate for a height difference of a good 20cm and still be stable enough for the wooden truss. As with several other construction projects before, I again decided to use a point foundation made of KG pipes.
I started with the beam on the north side first. This 4 meter long and 80 x 100 mm thick wooden beam was aligned on the concrete foundation in a beam shoe. However, at a good 1.50 meters long, the beam protruded into the outdoor enclosure. There I had already sunk a 160 KG pipe into the ground and poured concrete from the outside.
Directly in the middle above the KG pipe, I now screwed the post anchor to the wooden beam with the dolle facing upwards. After that, the beam was rotated 180° and the dolle was aligned centrally in the KG tube as well as the entire beam in the balance.
With freshly mixed concrete, the dolle was then concreted into the KG pipe.
On the other side, the beam was screwed tightly with the beam shoes. After a day, the concrete was hard and the beam was immovably fixed. I proceeded in the same way with the beam on the south side.
Alberts 214258 U-Pfostenträger | mit Betonanker aus Riffelstahl | feuerverzinkt | lichte Breite 81 mm | Länge Betonanker 200 mm*Price: € 4.22instead of: € 4.44
Since the two beams were now level with each other, the beam on the west side could be perfectly installed at the correct height. Here, too, I first installed 3 KG pipes in the ground directly along the path and aligned the wooden beam. Then the 3 post shoes were screwed to the wooden beam directly above the KG pipes.
After turning, the beam on the south side was attached to the adjacent beam with an angle. On the north side I aligned the beam with bricks in balance. Now the 3 studs of the post shoes were also fixed here with fresh concrete in the KG pipes.
One day later, the basic framework was in place and the construction of the remaining framework could begin.
- VIELSEITIG ANWENDBAR: Unser Drahtgitter kann als Vogelgitter, Kleintierzaun für Hasen, Kaninchen, Hühner, etc. eingesetzt werden und bietet zuverlässigen Schutz vor Maulwürfen, Wühlmäusen und anderen Tieren.
- KEINE VERGIFTUNGSGEFAHR: Der Edelstahl-Käfigzaun ist nicht verzinkt, wodurch er absolut stabil, korrosionsgeschützt und rostfrei ist. Somit besteht keine Vergiftungsgefahr durch Zinkübertrag.
- INDIVIDUELL ANPASSBAR: Der Draht kann mit einer Zange o.Ä. kinderleicht an den gewünschten Stellen abgetrennt und so individuell angepasst werden. Nutzen Sie den Zaun somit auch als Maschendrahtzaun um den Garten.
- BESONDERS EDLE OPTIK: Das hochwertige Edelstahl-Material sorgt nicht nur für eine einzigartige Qualität und Materialdichte, sondern auch für eine besonders edle Optik und ist damit für niveauvolle Projekte geeignet.
- HOHE ANGEBOTSVIELFALT: Wir bieten Rollen in 5m, 12m und 25m mit unterschiedlichen Maschengrößen von 10x10, 12x12, 16x16 und 20x20mm, wodurch für eine eine besonders hohe Angebotsvielfalt gesorgt wird.
Structure wooden framework for the aviary
The further erection of the timber framework could now proceed somewhat more quickly. At the outer edges of the lower beams, I placed another 80×100 mm beams vertically at a distance of 2 meters. These beams were attached to the crossbeam with large angles. The beams were sawn to length so that there was a slight slope away from the house.
Then on the upright beams again brought crossbars. These crossbars had the same dimensions and position as the lower crossbars.
At the front of the house, above the door, I also added a 80×100 mm beam with angles. This beam was then bolted to the upper cross beams on the north and south sides. In this way, I had built a lower perimeter frame and an upper perimeter frame.
Between the large vertical beams I then placed the 40×60 mm roof battens vertically at a distance of one meter. These were fastened flush with the outside of the crossbeams using smaller angles. Now the entire wooden frame of the outdoor aviary was ready.
The installation of the roof from polycarbonate plates and the attachment of the aviary wire or aviary grid I describe in one of the following posts.