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Bespoke Insulated Falconry Mews

Custom Built Falconry Mews for Housing Birds of Prey

Based on our Chapman aviary, this bespoke falconry mews had a security entrance and large birdhouse.  Our customer wanted a secure mews for their bird of prey, but they didn’t want any mesh on the building.  With this in mind, we swapped the mesh front for galvanised bars which is considered by many falconers to be safer for birds of prey.

Chapman Aviary

 

Features

The aviary needed to be fit for purpose – safe, easy to clean and usable.  The security entrance provided a two-door entry to prevent the bird from escaping, and we lined it with wipe-clean PVC.  The entrance also had a phenolic coated floor, which is hard-wearing and easy to clean with disinfectant.  As well as security, the entrance area also provided space to store feed, tethers and other raptor essentials. The large flight area had no flooring to allow our customer to add gravel after installation.  To keep the aviary cool in summer and warm in winter, we insulated the entire structure.  We lined the insulation with white PVC, therefore creating a space that is wipable and easy to clean.    

Falconry Housing and Bird Aviaries

View our range of aviaries and raptor housing. We also off a bespoke service. Aviaries For Sale

Wooden Falconry Mews

Three bay falconry mews with bars and mesh windows

We were contacted to build a three bay wooden falconry mews for our customer’s birds of prey.  He requested that two housing units have 5cm galvanised bars, while the third would have 25mm x 25mm galvanised wire mesh.  We delivered and fitted the wooden aviary block to Llangollen in Wales. The three bay mews was based on our Sandwell Aviary Block. You can now buy our Carsington Falconry Mews on our website!

The ultimate guide to garden and animal structures

We like to think we know a thing or two about Garden and Animal Structures, after all – we think our name says it all. So, we thought it would be a good idea to produce a handy little guide about our top selling products and try and answer some of your questions. 

Part 1.  Choosing a kennel for your working or outside dog

1). Consider the size:

What kind of space do you have available outside? If you have a larger garden or a farm your options will only be constrained by budget really. If your garden, outside space or budget, is smaller you need to look at the size of your dog (or dogs). Larger breeds will need a larger kennel but the kennel doesn’t need to be like a cave! A smaller kennel can help keep your dog (or dogs) nice and cosy, especially in the winter. A helpful tip here is to measure the size of the crate or bed your dog currently sleeps in, and go from there. 

2). What kind of style do you want?

The location of your kennel will always be a consideration here. Again, if space is not an issue you have carte blanche. If you don’t you’ll need to consider your choice a little more. Kennels with an apex roof provide extra space in the middle. A kennel with a sloping roof is usually lower and thus takes up less space in the outside area. These types of structure are usually suitable as a single dog kennel. 

3.) Kennel Insulation

Wherever you are in our fair isles you may have noticed it can get a little cold, especially in the winter. Insulating your dog kennel can seem like an unnecessary expense but you don’t want your pet or working dog to be cold! Insulating your kennel will mean that you won’t need to invest in extra heat lamps. A lining for your kennel will also prevent the wooden interior being exposed and, potentially, getting chewed. Please contact us for prices. 

Dog and Kennel Runs and your dog

First of all, it’s worth checking out if your dog can sleep outside. All breeds of dog are different and some will be more suited than others to sleeping outside of the home. And, if your dog is sleeping outside it is essential they have a good dog and kennel run which will shelter then from the elements. Here are the essentials facts you need to know about investing in a dog and kennel run for your pet or working dog, and these are true for single and double dog kennels
  • Dogs require protection from the elements so heat is not drawn away from their bodies. 
  • It’s really important to make sure that your dog’s kennel is always warm and dry. 
  • If your dog is small or has a thin coat, you may need to invest in a coat to keep them warmer, especially in the winter.
  • Monitor temperature daily, ideally your dog and kennel run should be above 10° and below 26°.
Double Dog Kennels

Dogs are social creatures and love human company, but they also love the company of other dogs. A double dog kennel is a perfect way for your dog to sleep outside but not feel isolated because they have a kennel companion. 

Garden Dog Kennels

If space is a consideration in your outside space or you want extra storage for your kennel you may want to check out a dog kennel with a shed. Coming with either an apex or a sloping roof these buildings will tick both the garden equipment and the kennel box — we also offer a completely bespoke service too, please contact us for more details. 

Part 2. Bird Housing

There are many considerations when choosing a new aviary and this will predominantly be dictated by the type of bird you are looking to house. If you are looking to house some finches, for instance, you will need to leave at least you need to plan for 12cm of aviary length per finch, with a width measuring at least 6cm. When looking to house a falcon, you will require a space the size of a small bedroom. However, there are certain things you will need to look at, regardless of the type of bird you are looking to provide a home for: 
  • Type of bird: What is the full wingspan and are they an active breed? Will their wings be clipped and, if so how will they get around? These will be a big consideration for the type of aviary you need.
  • Location and weather: The location of your aviary should, above all else, keep them safe from the elements. You will need to choose a location that will keep your avian friend sheltered from direct sunlight, harsh winds and heavy rain. 
  • Insulation: What temperatures can your area get to? Can it become very hot or cold at different times of the year? The location you chose will impact the temperature of the aviary. Will it get direct sunlight during summer or none during the winter – is your garden, or where the aviary is located south or north-facing? 
  • Security: When you have your aviary installed to make sure it is properly secured. Padlocks are a must, as is to make sure it is secured to the ground. 
  • Extras: Don’t forget bird feeders, toys and nest boxes (for smaller breeds). 
We have a huge range of aviaries for sale, including our bespoke service. 

Falconry Mews With Shutters

Wooden falconry mews to house birds of prey having drop down shutters over window with galvanised bars

A two bay falconry mews delivered and installed to Guildford, having galvanised bars and closing window shutters. Based on our Sandwell Aviary Block, we swapped the mesh windows for galvanised bars.  It is sometimes an issue that some birds of prey can damage their feathers when mesh is used in an enclosure.  Therefore, our customer requested 5cm gap bars be used instead to create a strong and safe housing unit.  We also added drop-down, closing shutters which provide darkness and temperature control if required.

Our customer had a tight space to fit the mews, so we built it to his specification.  He also requested a freezer shed to keep his raptor meals outside.  The shed had double doors and a pent roof to match the aviary block.

We build our aviaries and raptor housing without a floor, therefore any preferred base material can be used and hosed out when required.  This style of mews housing is ideal for adding perches and tethers.

You can now buy our Chapel Falconry Mews With Shutters through our website!

              A link to some interesting and helpful info from themodernapprentice.com

New for 2020 – Polypropylene Feet On Kennels, Aviaries & Benches!

Polypropylene feet on all of our kennel floors, aviary panels and dog sleeping benches.

New for 2020! Our dog kennels will now be supplied with FREE polypropylene feet to the sleeping area floor. Our kennel flooring in the bedding area will have greater airflow underneath.  The plastic spacer will also prevent damp from sneaking up through the timber. Sometimes a concrete or slab base can hold rainwater, and these plastic feet will stop direct contact between the wood and the floor. The spacers will also be added to the underside of all of our aviary panels, and to the framework on our raised dog sleeping benches.

Dog Kennel Flooring

We have always designed the flooring in our dog kennels for sale to have space underneath for airflow.  However, the timber framework has always had direct contact with the base underneath.  If, for example, rainwater should settle on your base, it would eventually be absorbed by the flooring’s framework. Our solution to this is the plastic feet.  The spacers are fixed to the underside of the bed flooring, leaving a 20mm gap between the framework and the base.  Therefore reducing the risk of water and cold being soaked into the kennel floor.  The result is a longer lasting and more comfortable kennel for your dog.  

What About The Rest of the Kennel?

The dog kennel walls and sides sit on small pieces of framework- known as blocks.  They are spaced around the base of the kennel panels to stop the kennel sitting directly on the base.  The blocks allow space for airflow and for water to flow underneath, as well as keeping the timber away from direct contact with standing water.  We also recommend a water repellant be painted on to all of our kennels and animal housing to prevent water ingress and to prolong the lifespan of your dog kennel or aviary.