Cage or aviary is your choice. I prefer flights.
Some articles report 2 to 3 pairs occupying the same territory in the wild, even when breeding.
This is somewhat hard to reconcile with the aggression that can be seen with more than one pair in a flight.
In the wild the territory is invariably larger than the space available in even a quite large aviary.
One pair per enclosure is not
recommended. A minor problem is that feather-plucking is common even with a few birds in a large
cage. It can even occur between pairs housed singly.
The main danger is birds living peaceably in a cage suddenly begin serious fighting when a pair forms and
they decide to nest.
At this stage I don't know what is best ie cage, flights or aviary, but who can argue with Richard's
cage breeding results.
Personally, I agree with those who report Lavenders being active and needing space. They look
so much more interesting, and interested, when in flights.
Temperature & Lighting
Termperature is less controversial. No lower than 15°C/ 60°F, ideally minimum of 18°C - 20°C/ 70°F ,
Light should be at least 12 hours a day (mine is 14), from full spectrum fluorescent tubes.
Link here to
for explanation of the benefits of their Bird Lamps/ tubes. These tubes also bring out the
Lavender's colour nicely but need to be replaced annually.
Slow delivery but good prices from this UK mail order -
Fish, Fur & Feather
Ideally electronic ballast flicker-free fluorescent battens (~ 20,000cps).
A good, inexpensive UK mail order is
- (light codes D120, D121, D122 & D123 fit the bill).
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