Breeding Box | How to make a nest box?

Nest boxes are a crucial component of pet bird housing, as they provide birds with a safe and secure place to lay their eggs. While commercial nest boxes are readily available, making your own nest box can be a fun and cost-effective way to provide your pet bird with a suitable breeding environment. In this article, we’ll go over the steps involved in making a nest box for your pet bird.

Materials needed:

  • Wooden box
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Rope
  • Natural nesting material, such as coconut fiber or wood shavings

Budgie Breeding Box or Nesting Box perfect size is 30 x 20 x 20 cm so inches that would be 12 inches x 7.9 inches.

The opening should be positioned high up in one corner of the nest box, preferably at the furthest end from where the hen will lay her eggs. The size of the opening should be 50mm (2in) in diameter works great for a budgie.

Breeding Box

Step 1: Choose a wooden box Select a wooden box that is large enough for your bird to comfortably move around in and has a lid that can be easily opened for cleaning. You can purchase a pre-made wooden box or create one from scratch using scrap wood.

Step 2: Prepare the box Remove any rough edges or splinters from the wooden box using sandpaper. Make sure the box is clean and free of any debris or chemicals that could harm your bird.

Step 3: Add screws and wood glue Use screws and wood glue to securely attach the lid to the box. Make sure the screws are not too long and do not extend into the interior of the box.

Step 4: Add a perch You can add a perch to the outside of the box for your bird to use when entering and exiting the nest. A natural branch or a piece of wood will work well.

Step 5: Line the box Line the inside of the box with natural nesting material, such as coconut fiber or wood shavings. This will provide insulation and a comfortable surface for the bird to lay its eggs on.

Step 6: Add a rope Attach a rope to the outside of the box for your bird to use as a climbing aid. Make sure the rope is securely fastened to the box and not too long, as it could pose a hazard to your bird.

Step 7: Install the box Install the nest box in your bird’s cage or aviary. Make sure the box is secure and won’t fall over, and that it is placed in a location that is quiet and away from direct sunlight.

They show signs of affection to their flockmates by preening or feeding one another.

Budgerigars feed one another by eating the seeds themselves and then regurgitating them into their flockmate’s mouth.

Care should be taken that birds used for breeding are active, healthy, and unrelated. The breeding box should be cleaned between uses.

Making a nest box for your pet bird is a simple and straightforward process that can provide your bird with a comfortable and safe place to lay its eggs. By following these steps, you can create a nest box that is both functional and attractive, and that will provide your bird with a suitable breeding environment.

Would you like to know how to breed Budgies?

Breeding budgies is a very interesting thing to do but some things as to be considered and put in place for successful breeding.

After getting your breeding pair it is important to inspect them. They will need to be healthy, over 10 months, and well bonded. Bonded means they are a mating pair, so display mating behavior such as holding beaks.

If they are from the same family, it is best to split them up and introducing another make or female to breed from. 

Once you have decided to breed, you need to provide your birds with a breeding box, making sure it meets the requirements of the female. 

There are many types of breeding box so it is a matter of personal taste; always make sure they have a hinged top so you can check the eggs and chicks when hatched. 

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Alen AxP is an experienced budgie owner who is passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise on budgie care. Through their articles and resources, they provide valuable insights and practical tips on topics such as diet, housing, and health, to help other budgie owners create a happy and thriving environment for their feathered friends.

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