Fences are often looked down upon with skepticism when they are used to conserve wildlife. It is true that they keep the unwanted elements out of the protected area, but however, fences have, at times, caused harm to the wildlife that it was supposed to protect. The problem, in this case, is the type of fence that is used. Often animals such as deer and elks try to access areas outside the reserve for food but get entangled in those fences. In many cases, electric fences and barbwires do more harm than good. Hence, for a wildlife reserve, it is important for a fencing to be wildlife friendly. The issue also arises when it comes to birds. Bird fences are both used to protect birds, especially endangered species in zoos and wildlife reserves, and also is used as a deterrent – to prevent birds like crows, pigeons, swallows and sparrows from feeding on crops. Whatever, the case may be, harming birds in the process is never a good thing to do.
When you see any aviary wire for sale, there are a number of things that you need to check to determine that it is actually bird friendly. Most of these wires are of stainless steel, and in some cases, they are galvanized. Thicker wires are usually better since they will pose a lesser danger to the birds in case they get stuck. Barbwires are always a big no. The best option is to use plan wires and meshes made out of plain wires. Meshes are of different types, based on how the shapes of the holes and the size of the holes. Usually, holes are either hexagonal or square, but the shape makes no such difference at all. The hole size matters. To keep smaller birds contained, it is better to opt for meshes with smaller holes. The birds should not be able to get any major part of their body, like their wings or heads outside the holes. They, they might get stuck in these meshes. Hence, it is better to opt for holes that are as small as possible without sacrificing the visibility. It is important to keep in mind the visibility. Both the fencing and the other side of the fence should be visible. Keeping the fence visible makes sure that birds don’t fly into them and gets hurt. Also, allowing adequate sunlight and air to pass keeps the inside of the enclosure well warm and well ventilated.
See: Exhibiting wildlife in Queensland
Also, when you are looking for aviary wire for sale, you can also check out nylon wires, or nylon fencing. They are not offered as much protection as the steel wire fencing, but they are less harmful to the wildlife in general. Nylon fencing is generally used to keep horses contained, but they can also be used for bird cages and enclosures, given that there is little or no chance of any external entity causing harm to the enclosure. Nylon wiring is soft, if a bird gets stuck, the fencing can be cut to free the bird and then repaired easily. Nylon fencing is not quite recommended for larger birds as they may be able to cut through the nylon wiring itself. For that, hand woven steel meshes are better.