As a breeder and owner of many types of exotic birds for years he designed and built his own aviary after failing to find any information available. After being deluged with requests from other aviculturists, and encouraged by other breeders, he wrote the book to fulfill a need for information on how to construct housing for exotic birds. Since he was working as a freelance technical illustrator at the time, he had the equipment needed to draft all the illustrations and composed and wrote the accompanying information. Discouraged by the beaurocracy of the publishing world, he applied for a copyright in 1973 and began self-publishing. The sales of the book were turned over to his mother who sold the book to wholesalers until 1996 when she suffered a stroke at the age of 91. Although she still loves to discuss her sales and customers she has permanently retired from publishing. When Don retired from engineering in 1991 he bought a 500 acre ranch in Southern Oregon, maintaining and irrigating pasture that was leased for 200+ cattle until ranch injuries (an occupational hazard) forced the sale of the ranch in 1996. Unable to completely retire from working, Don is landscaping the three acres of rural Grants Pass hillside that surround his home, restoring a 1952 International Fire Truck in his machine shop, and has a part-time antique business.
The manual itself comprises several categories of avicultural equipment which might be considered the basic "essentials" required in the practice of good aviculture: housing, nesting, feeding and important miscellaneous equipment. The section on housing comprises the first, and, by far, the largest category. And rightly so, since it is usually the adequate and proper confining of his pets that is of utmost concern to the aviculturalist and, by virtue of the many variables to be considered in designing a dwelling-type structure, there is an abundance of material to be offered the reader.
Power tools are not considered a prerequisite for building most of the projects described in this book, although the experienced craftsman or impatient beginner who has access to these tools will find them a great asset. The only tools to consider essential for most of our needs are a hammer, hand saw, hand drill, an assortment of wood drill bits, several sizes of hole-saws that can be attached to the drill (for cutting nest box entrance holes), screw driver, medium-sized crescent wrench, pair of wire cutters, square, measuring tape and pencil.
...Needless to say, the best tools will give the poorest service and results unless they are handled properly. The beginner might profit immensely by picking out one of the more simple projects to start with in order to test his ability to make precise measurements and use his tools correctly. This is particularly important where power tools are to be used for the first time.
This is more of a handbook style. All black and white. So it you are okay with that than this is for you. Also this is meant for a carpenter not the average crafty person. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some of these plans are a bit involved. I thought the illustrations were helpful, and the book well thought out. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Judith Henkel
The book is a collection of drawings and text. I have already built four next boxes according to the drawings.Published on September 6, 2012 by Matt
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This is an excellent guide! Provides clear information including measurements and material lists/suggestions to help the readers build just the size aviary they need. Read morePublished on November 6, 2002 by Leslie Horton
Details, details, details! This book may not be the shiniest hardback on the rack, but if you want to build anything for your birds, this is the ABC-123 primer of effective and... Read morePublished on November 4, 2002 by Dana VanZandt
I have read everything I can get my hands on for years and years and never found anything as good as this! Easy to understand and follow. Great for the do-it-yourself person. Read morePublished on November 3, 2002 by Marcia Utz