New aviary / cat repellent

Oli Fry

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Hi everyone. Clayton and Grumpy have now been installed into their new aviary, and seem to be settling well. I've attached pics. However, we have a small black problem called 'Shy' - a little local cat who has taken to sitting on top of the enclosure (despite it being over 8 feet tall), causing some irritated squawking to emanate from the parrots as you might expect. I like this cat and want to deter him humanely rather than endlessly chasing him off. Has anyone here had any luck with commercial cat repellents or any other methods I could try? Thanks for any advice!
Clayton aviary.jpgC&G feeding.jpgInside view.jpg
 

DizzyBlue

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I could try one of those ones that fire a water jet. You can get battery operated ones.
Humane, only fires when triggered could be mounted and angled to cover most of the roof. Parrot safe.
Was thinking whether one would help @dianaT with stopping the badger digging up her garden.
Saw them on Amazon for about £20 dare say you can get them cheaper.

Other thing to do is watch Grumpy and Clayton see it off when they get really fed up and try and bite... but think that is going to be way too painful for kitty.

Alternatively watch where kitty gets on to the rook and add some wooden diamond stretchy trellis stuff to that area in an upright manner to stop him/her getting on?
 

dianaT

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@DizzyBlue cannot find the human fire deterrent thing have you got a link please. badgers back again last night and has been busy digging yet again :BangHead:
 

Oli Fry

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@DizzyBlue that's all great advice - thanks! Having done some online research this morning the water jet things do look like the best way forward. Seems like the chemical deterrents are patchy at best, but if anyone has had any luck with any particular item please do let me know. And as you say, I shall try to make the roof itself harder to mount - I've got various bits of spare wire that should help with that...
 

DizzyBlue

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This is an example @dianaT there are lots of designs and a wide variety of types. Some have water reservoir some need a hose, some solar charging some need batteries.
My local garden centre charge less than online.
Defender and pestbye are two of the makers but there's a few.
Not keen on the sonic ones myself as they seem indiscriminate affecting dogs cats squirrels etc not sure if sonic would be badger effective
 
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Roz

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What a fabulous aviary! Are you at the same house or have you moved? What a great idea with the water spray.
 

Oli Fry

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What a fabulous aviary! Are you at the same house or have you moved? What a great idea with the water spray.
We've finally moved, and have a tiny house with a massive garden on six levels in Caversham, Reading. It's great! The aviary is on the top level surrounded by woodland. I've had to move the parrots in rather quickly so I'm experimenting with a large open-fronted shelter (with the flights protected with screening and windbreak netting also) for the summer only. Later on in the year I'll enclose more of the aviary in wood.
 
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