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#1 Guest_anand_mike_*

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Posted 25 December 2004 - 12:40


will anyone please tell me the size  of budgerigar's nest box?

where should i put the hole on the nest box so that they can enter and come out easily? what size the hole should be?

what should i put on the base of the nest box?

should i put an opening lid on top of the nest box? why?

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Posted 25 December 2004 - 12:45

hi, it's me again.

i forgot to ask something.

what type of material should i use to build the nest box?

how thick the material should be?

thank you.

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Posted 25 December 2004 - 20:56

Well i don't know much about nest boxes but i know the hole can be anywhere i guess (not at the top or bottom), you should have a sliding door on one side of it and a concave in the floor so the eggs don't go everywhere and i guess i makes it easier for the hen to sit on them, i don't see why you need a whole on top and find the best quality wood that is quite good insulation and quite thick. Don't take my word for it, i'm just going by what i've seen or heard  :unsure:
If you look in the pictures section and search for my one of my lastest posts i have a picture of one, might be quite far back though.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 03:10

Are you sure you are ready to breed budgerigars???  I only question you because you seem to be new to budgerigar-keeping.  The type of nest box necessary is a very basic question.  Breeding parrots is not like breeding any other animal - there is so much more you need to know to ensure the health and safety of your birds.   If you would like more information before you start, please ask on the forum or pm me.   If I have assumed wrong, forgive me.  But please think quite a bit about breeding your budgies.  There are a lot of unwanted birds out there.  I didn't find homes for my baby birds, and ended up keeping all of them.  I was  lucky enough to be in a position to do that, but not everyone can.  Do you have the space and resources to do that if necessary?  Vet bills for multiple birds can be prohibitive, as any of the breeders on this site can attest to.  And if you can find homes for them, are you certain they are good ones?  If you are going to allow these babies to come into the world, you have a responsibility to ensure they go to someone who can give them the best possible care, and who will love and cherish them.  You need to make sure they know how much work goes with owning a parrot.  It takes a special kind of person to be able to give parrots the type of care they need to thrive and be happy.  I'm sure you've figured out that they require much more time and effort than dogs or cats, and their diet requires more than opening a bag of birdseed.   :unsure:

That being said ( and I hope I did not offend you - that was not my intention at all), I'm guessing you cannot buy nest boxes in pet stores or online where you live?  My box was 9 1/2 " long x 6 1/2 " wide x 6 1/2" tall.  Both ends would slide up, but I never used that feature.  The top was hinged and would open for nest box inspection and cleaning.  The entry hole was 1 1/2" diagonal, and was on the left hand side of the front and had a small perch on the outside.  My hen laid her eggs on the end opposite from the entry way.  It did not have a concave, and my birds refused any type of bedding, so they laid the eggs on the bare wood.  They did not roll around, even though the box was not entirely flat once it was hung.   The box should be made out of wood, and it doesn't need to be very thick, mine was only 1/2" thick.
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Posted 26 December 2004 - 09:19

i dont think there is a set size for nest boxs mine are 5inches square and 12 inches deep with 3 inches of wood shavings in the bottom

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 14:33

no I don't think so at all , mine was 30 X 22 X15 made from what a book said, it also stated that the thickness should be at lest 3 ply wood. which would be about the same thickness as Rainbows.

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