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Welded Wire Mesh Basics

Improving the longevity of your Welded Mesh

Although any galvanized mesh will last many years before it starts to rust, we recommend that you paint your welded wire mesh and galvanized wire mesh to ensure extra longevity.

Fastening your Welded Wire Mesh

In the interest of safety, and depending on your enclosure’s design, we recommend that welded wire mesh be attached to your steel tube frame with a washer and self tapping or Posi Screw. Attaching your bird wire this way will minimise the chance of your animals scratching themselves on rusted wire. Pop rivets can also be used, but note that if you intend keeping medium to large parrots, they can make short work of rivets with their powerful beaks increasing the risk of escape.

Detoxifying your Welded Wire Mesh

Completed cages and aviaries should be allowed to weather for a number of weeks before introducing any birds or animals. The process can be speeded up by spraying spirit vinegar on both sides of the mesh.

Plan for easy access to your enclosure

In planning your welded mesh requirements, we recommend that a full height double door and corridor system be accommodated in your design from the outset. Although this design will require slightly more welded wire mesh, this will practically eliminate the chance of your charges escaping and will obviate the need to bend down every time one needs to access your enclosure. It is also advisable to install a three-bowl swivel feeding system for each enclosure. This will dramatically cut one’s feeding time and make cleaning quick and effortless. Three light gauge stainless steel bowls are recommended to be used as follows:

  • One bowl for seed or rations
  • One bowl for water
  • One bowl for soft food or treats