Australian Bird Care
It would seem that an overseas bird will require a lot of attention and proper care, but the cockatiel is very unpretentious by nature, but nevertheless, some requirements in caring for it will have to be observed.
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The tree stump is a natural nesting house. This is really cool!
For many, cockatiels are inhibited at the level of “cache in a cage”, in our case, “cache and klasha in a cage with a breeding box”, but someone really tries to recreate a part of the Australian homeland for their favorites: they build game stands, and even whole trees, vegetable gardens with greenery, aviaries on the balcony, etc.
As for the nesting house. for cockatiels and other parrots it is possible AND NECESSARY if you of course have the opportunity and desire to make a real nesting house, but not like a nesting house. it’s really a hollow, exactly the same one in which they breed their chicks in the wild.
I must say right away that in two years, when we had a similar idea. our hands have not yet reached a natural nest, but one person on the Internet, who also makes nests for cockatiels with his own hands, implemented this idea quite coolly. By the way, subscribe to his youtube channel. it looks like he has a correct understanding of the content of birds, I think you will be interested.
And here he tells how he starts making nesting houses, and even real hollows from stumps (poplar)! The truth is not for the cockatiel, but for Jaco, the Amazons and the Kaiks.
Here he shows the process of making nest boxes from logs
Wouldn’t it be cramped for the birds in such a nest? No, it will not. in nature they breed like that, sitting with their tails lifted to the top. Well, the chicks, on the contrary, will not scatter anywhere and will not freeze.
Well, my dear friends of parrots, now you know various options for making a nest for a cockatiel with your own hands. do it! And good luck with this interesting business.!
Cell. Nest box (nest)
The next condition is the presence of a room of a suitable size and an artificial nesting site.
The cockatiel cage should be large enough to allow the birds to fly freely. The most suitable size can be considered approximately one that would have a height of 1.2 m, and a width and length of 60 cm and 90 cm, respectively. In such conditions, they reproduce well and feed their chicks.
The nest box serves as an unconditioned irritant for parrots. If not, parrots will not breed.
In this way, bird lovers can control the reproduction of parrots by encouraging them to hatch chicks during the most favorable time of the year. If the nesting site is removed at the beginning of the clutch, this will entail a delay in the maturation of eggs and the extinction of the function of the ovaries in the female. The parrot nest should always be hung at the same time of the year. Birds get used to this regime and feed and hatch chicks better.
For breeding parrots when kept in cages and aviaries, artificial nests such as birdhouses are used. For the parrots kept in the room, the nesting sites are made more spacious, which favorably affects the development of the chicks.
The nest box is suspended from the outside, in the upper part of one of the sides of the cage. this makes it more convenient to observe the chicks, and the space of the cage is not cluttered. The nesting perch is fixed at the level of the perch or 2-3 cm higher. This is a kind of guard post for the male. Its length should be such that two birds can sit freely.
The nests are made of boards 0.5-1 cm thick. The tree is air permeable and has good thermal insulation properties. The inside of the boards does not need to be cut. Layered plywood is also a good material for nesting, but since each layer is smeared with glue, air passes through it worse than through a board.
You should not make nests from chipboard and fiberboard. they do not allow air to pass through at all, and the presence of varnishes and resins in them negatively affects the health of parrots and their offspring. Nesting areas do not need to be painted. this reduces air access, and many of the paints are toxic to birds. Nesting sites should not be varnished for the same reason.
For breeding parrots, two types of nesting sites are used: standing and recumbent, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. In nesting sites of the standing type at great depths, the bottom area is small. Chicks from them do not fly out ahead of time, but if there are many chicks, they are cramped. Reclining nesting sites have a large bottom area, which favorably affects the development of chicks, but they sometimes leave them ahead of time. Therefore, when choosing a nesting design, an individual approach to each pair is needed.
The top cover of the nest is hinged or removable. This makes it easier to inspect the nest, eggs, chicks and clean it.
To make a removable cover, a board (sleeve) 1.5-2 cm thick is nailed or glued to its bottom side. The sleeve must fit snugly into the nest and hold the cover. Instead of a sleeve, you can nail 2 bars with a cross section of 2 × 2 cm.
The opening top cover on one side of the nest (preferably from the front) is attached with hinges, a hook is attached on the opposite side.
The size of the entrance should correspond to the size of the bird The entrance for the parrots is made round. It is better that it is not wide. If the entrance is too small, the bird itself plucks out the hole of the desired size and shape.
Sawdust, small shavings of deciduous trees are used as bedding in nesting sites (sawdust and shavings of coniferous trees contain a lot of resin). The nest itself is 2-4 cm of wood shavings or any other soft material, but no cotton or fabric.
Some parrots scrape off excess litter to the edges or throw out part of it from the nest, and lay their eggs right at the bottom of the nest. Therefore, it is better to make the bottom from a board with a thickness of 2 cm.A depression 0.5-1 cm is hollowed out in the bottom so that the eggs do not roll out during incubation and turning (birds constantly move them for uniform heating).
You should not rush into a panic and study a do-it-yourself book in search of the necessary instructions. A do-it-yourself house for a cockatiel can be made according to the square principle. Just take 6 equal squares and glue them together. Make sure that there is no glue left on the edges, if you decide to fasten it with nails, then do not allow protruding sharp parts of the nail. It is also worth taking care of the material from which you will make a house for Karelian parrots. It is better to choose natural materials without staples and various damages, the bird can injure itself and injure its cubs.
Making a house is still part of the work, the second part is to fill it with materials in which the bird would incubate its eggs. Making a nest for a cockatiel with your own hands is as simple as the house itself. Fill the birch sawdust with a layer of 3-4 cm inside the nesting house with the addition of one teaspoon of chamomile. The bird will make all the grooves itself.
Types of parrot nesting houses and their sizes:
- vertical. 20x20x25cm. It is elongated and fits well into the cage, but a flying female will touch the clutch.
- horizontal. 25x20x15cm. It is the most comfortable for the female. But due to their low height, chicks can leave the nest early.
- compromise. 25x20x20cm. They are comfortable and safe for the female and chicks. The only drawback is the large size.
Regardless of which type of budgerigar nest you choose, it should have a hinged cover for cleaning the nest.
What should be the nest?
The average size of the nest is 20x20x20cm. Materials for nesting houses are needed exclusively natural. Any wood is suitable, untreated, without resins or plywood. Cannot be made from chipboard, it is hazardous to health. Purchased nests are made of plastic in them it is very cold for chicks. Some craftsmen make houses for budgies with their own hands from cardboard. It is cold in such nests, it is impossible to wash it, and it is fragile.
DIY nesting house for budgies
For proper breeding of parrots, create comfortable conditions for both birds.
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First of all, you should find a suitable cage for a pair of budgies. Spacious cage with parameters 60x30x40cm. will allow you to move freely in it. With an increase in the number of birds, the cage should increase accordingly.
A pair of parrots can live in a cage together for a long time without mating and you cannot force them. A female will not mate with a male that she does not like. In nature, females always have a choice, and if you did not please her with a male replenishment, you can not wait. But if the male tries to care for the female, share food with her, and she does not reject him, then everything will be fine.
It is worth breeding young birds at the age of one and a half years. Such individuals have enough health and strength for the offspring.
Mating time is great in mid-autumn. In autumn, a suitable temperature and diet for reproduction and incubation. Indeed, in the autumn, vitamin and protein supplements begin.
DIY budgies nest
Optimal sizes for a budgerigar house:
- 20x25x20cm (depth, width, height),
- Tap hole diameter no more than 5 cm,
- Perch outside about 10 cm, inside 20 cm.
Our house is ready. It should look something like this.
House for wavy parrots do it yourself photo
Prepare it by treating it with boiling water, put twigs and sawdust inside. Everything, you can put in a cage, the rest of the female will do at her discretion
Now your pair has its own nest and you can wait for replenishment.
Signs of preparation for laying
When you place the budgerigar nesting box in the cage, start observing the female. Before laying eggs, the female needs to put things in order in the nest. At the end of the work, she will be ready for laying and will be in the nest for a long time.
A properly made nest will be equally comfortable and safe for a female and chicks.
Nest house and perches
How to equip a nest
Since budgies never make nests from branches, twigs and feathers, the breeder should help his wards with the arrangement of the monastery.
This process is carried out using quality sawdust or dried medicinal chamomile flowers. The material is simply poured onto the bottom of a homemade structure as bedding. over, experts do not impose any restrictions on the use of certain tree species for bedding material.
Experts advise planning the first cleaning for the period when the chicks are 14 days old. They will need to be carefully removed from the nest through the removed cover and temporarily transplanted into a small cardboard box. After that, eggshells, excrement should be removed from the structure and the litter should be replaced.
Important! After the brood leaves the house, it is additionally disinfected by scalding with boiling water.
As you can see, making a bird’s nest at home is not difficult and, moreover, not expensive, but you will be sure that your pets have found a comfortable corner for their breeding. We hope our article will help you in building it.
A nest box is constructed from a piece of a tree trunk, taking out the core. The nest box can be made of plywood, chipboard or wooden planks. If boards are used, they must first be dried and sanded. The best option is birch boards.
- wooden platbands;
- 2 hooks for hanging the house from the cage;
Saw the platbands according to the size of the house and join in 6 parts: bottom, removable cover, 4 walls.
Make a hole in one wall. a tap hole. To do this, step back from the top and sides by 3 cm.The recommended diameter is 5 cm.
Below the entrance, 3 cm, fix the perch.
Place a step under the notch at a distance of 3 cm from the floor.
Important! Drill a couple of rows of holes along the bottom to ensure proper air circulation around the perimeter of the nest box.
Connect the workpieces (bottom and sides) securely with a hammer and nails.
To secure the roof, nail a strip on top of the box along the edge of the front wall. Make a bolt hole in the center of the plank. Attach a small hole bar to the lid so that when you place the lid on top of the drawer, the two holes line up.
Attach the hooks to the front wall to hang the box from the lovebirds cage.
Important! Before the lovebirds find themselves inside the nest box, it must be steam disinfected and dried on a battery.
How to make a parrot nest
Owners of domestic talkers do not need to look for suitable hollows for breeding them. It is quite possible to make the desired structure yourself from scrap materials. We will discuss the necessary materials and actions further in detail.
Did you know? In ancient Rome, a parrot was more expensive than a slave.
First of all, the master must determine the dimensions of the structure to be created and prepare the corresponding drawings. According to zoo standards, the length of the sides of the nesting room for one pair of budgies should be at least 10 cm.However, at the design stage of the construction, the breeder may prefer the following options for houses:
vertical. its width and length is 20 cm, and its height is 25 cm. Its advantage is that parrots cannot fly out of the nest too early, but the high location of the exit creates a risk of damage to the female masonry;
horizontal. its width is 25 cm, length. 20 cm, height. 15 cm. Convenient in that the bottom area does not allow the female to damage the clutch when entering the house, however, the chicks can easily get out of the nest ahead of time;
Having drawn the corresponding drawing on a sheet of paper, carefully transfer it to a sheet of plywood or a board from which you plan to build. After that, all the details need to be cut and fastened.
Did you know? About a third of all parrot species are currently endangered due to human activity and poaching.
- compass (for drawing the inlet);
- pencil and tape measure (for measurements and markings);
- hacksaw and jigsaw for wood;
- screwdriver or electric drill;
- screws, nails and a hammer;
- glue for wooden parts;
The construction process will take no more than an hour. Even schoolchildren can cope with this task.
Important! It is better to use the firing method to disinfect the nest, as chemicals can adversely affect the health of the wards.
First, cut out the blanks of the house from the plywood. You should have a bottom, 2 side and front walls, a roof.
After that, on the part that will serve as the front wall, using a compass, draw 1 large circle for the entrance (its diameter should not exceed 5 cm) and 2 small ones for the perch.
Using a jigsaw, cut out the necessary holes and place the prepared perch under the manhole. Please note that one of its edges should rest against the opposite wall of the structure, and the other should remain on the outside.
Then make small ventilation holes in the side walls (their diameter is 0.8-1 cm).
In the part that is intended for the bottom of the house, you need to build a small depression for laying eggs. To this end, experienced poultry farmers advise using a compass to draw a circle with a diameter of 5–8 cm in the opposite part of the house from the perch. In this case, it is advisable to first assemble all the parts without fasteners. It is important to consider the width of the walls that will be involved in this process. When the inscribed circle is cut out, you need to glue it back, leaving a small depression.
After that, fasten all the walls of the structure. For this purpose, drill several holes along the edges of the parts and secure them with self-tapping screws. Alternatively, you can use nails and a hammer. However, make sure that there are no sharp elements or materials inside the structure. As a result, you should get a box without a roof.
Place a sill in the finished structure from the side of the entrance (it should not interfere with the birds from entering).
What should be a nesting house for lovebirds
The nest can be presented in several variations:
- nest box;
- nest box.
It is better to make the cover removable or hinged. By the way, each of the variations can have horizontal, vertical or combined nesting sites.
Did you know? Lovebirds weigh no more than 60 g, and their body reaches only 10-15 cm in length.
Shape and dimensions
Give preference to horizontal or combined nesting. Horizontal ones minimize the likelihood of accidental damage to eggs by the female, but chicks will be able to “escape” from the house ahead of schedule.
- length. 25 cm;
- width. 17 cm;
- height. 17 cm.
The best option is combined. In them, you can remove the eggs to the sides so that the female does not damage them when leaving the house. In addition, such a structure ensures the safety of already hatched chicks, preventing their premature “release”.
- length. 25 cm;
- width. 17 cm;
- height. 25 cm.
Recommended width of walls. 1.5-2 cm, bottom. 3 cm.
When to nest budgies
Poultry farmers often complain about the lack of offspring when keeping a pair of parrots. Experts explain this nuance by the natural instincts of motherhood, which occur in females in a secluded place in the form of a hollow.
Did you know? Many parrots love alcohol. In nature, they get it by eating fermented fruits and nuts.
In cages not equipped for such purposes, there is no need for hatching offspring in birds. Therefore, if you purposefully intend to breed tropical birds, an additional nesting house must be installed in their abode.
Before installing the nest, it is important to pay attention to the maturity of the birds. According to experts, the maximum productivity of budgies begins from one and a half years and lasts up to 4 years of life.
It has been noticed that fertilization processes are much more successful in those cells where several pairs live. This is due to the gregarious lifestyle of pets. To determine their age categories, experienced poultry farmers are advised to pay attention to the following signs:
- the presence on the head of a pattern that reaches the beak itself is characteristic only for young individuals that have reached several months;
- the absence of a pattern above the beak wax. disappears after the first molt (for the first time, wavy parrots molt at the age of 4 to 6 months);
- the absence of an iris around the eye indicates that the bird has reached 6-7 months (the wider it is, the older the ward).
The nesting house is an ideal nesting place for birds that nest in tree hollows. A house in the form of a nest box practically does not differ from the dwelling of parrots in nature. Its design is simple, but making a nest box at home is more difficult than nest boxes from boards.
To make a nest in the form of a nest box, you will need the following materials:
- a log with a rotten core or a block of wood of any species;
- thick board as a roof;
- large nails;
- chisel and electric drill.
How to make a natural bud budgerigar nest? The diameter of the dwelling should be at least 22 cm, and the height of the finished nest box should not exceed 40 cm. From the middle of the log, you need to make a hole, gradually expanding its diameter. A chisel is best for this. Inside, such a house should be round.
The thickness of its walls is no more than 2 cm. Also, the core of the log can be removed with a drill. The inlet hole is carefully drilled, its diameter must be at least 50 mm. For large budgies, it is recommended to increase it to 60 mm. The roof for the nest box can be secured with a rope or simply placed on top. Budgerigars will certainly appreciate this nesting site.!
It is recommended to install the parrot house outside in order to save space in the cage. Cages with several doors are often on sale, which involves the installation of nests in any part of the cage. Birch or lime sawdust can be poured into the bottom of the box as a bedding. But if the female decides to throw them out of the nest, do not worry, as parrots can do without nesting material.
What to put in the nest
Most birds of this species independently cope with the task of building a nest. The main thing is to provide them with building materials. They can be thin birch, linden or other kind of branches 10 cm long. It is also recommended to lay a layer of sawdust on the bottom of the box as thermal insulation. They must be very small.
Did you know? In England, lovebirds are called love birds. love birds.
A nest box is a prerequisite for breeding lovebirds. It should be comfortable for birds and as safe as possible for offspring. Making it yourself, do not forget about the mandatory presence of additional ventilation in the floor, preliminary disinfection of the house, a removable roof, steps and thermal insulation. Be attentive to every detail, and the birds will only be grateful to you.
House for parrots with their own hands. Advice
If you keep a couple of parrots and plan to get offspring from your pets, you need to create favorable conditions for them. So, parrots will need a nesting house where they can retire and where the female will then incubate eggs.
How to make a nesting house for parrots with your own hands?
Usually, a parrot house looks like a box with a lid, made of plywood about 8-10 mm thick. In addition to plywood for making a house, you will need self-tapping screws and corners for fastening parts.
The top cover is attached to small door hinges. You will also need a saw, jigsaw or hacksaw for cutting plywood, a file, sandpaper and a drill.
You will also need a round wooden stick for the perch (you can take a regular branch, which needs to be peeled from the bark and scalded with boiling water).
The first step is to mark the plywood taking into account the planned size of the house. The size of the nesting house will depend on what kind of parrot it is intended for. So, if you have budgerigars or cockatiels, a 35x25x25 cm house will be enough for them.Larger species of parrots, of course, need a more spacious house.
So, if you are making a house for budgies or cockatiels, you need to cut out four rectangular blanks for walls measuring 35×25 cm and two square blanks measuring 35×35 cm. this will be the bottom and lid of the house. File the edges of the workpieces, and then sandpaper.
In one of the walls you need to make a notch. the entrance to the house. The diameter of the taphole should be about 70 mm for budgies, about 80-90 mm for cockatiels. Letok must be made high enough so that the chicks do not fall out of the house ahead of time.
To drill a hole of the required diameter, it is convenient to use a circular drill.
If you do not have it, you can draw a circle in place of the intended entrance, take a drill of the smallest diameter and make many small holes along the outlined contour of the circle, and then gently push the central part into the house. File and sand the edges of the hole.
When all the preparations are completed, you can assemble the box of the house from the parts. The accuracy of the work at this stage determines how high-quality the parrot house will turn out. For fastening, it is best to use metal fastening corners and self-tapping screws.
When the box is assembled, you can outline the attachment points for the hinges for the lid. Please note that the lid should fit snugly against the house for the birds to feel as safe as possible. Attach the lid. and the house is almost ready!
It remains only to insert the perch into the hole specially designed for this. Choose a perch that is long and insert it in such a way that the birds can sit comfortably on it both inside and outside the house. The exact diameter of the perch is selected depending on the size of the parrot’s legs: it should be such that the bird’s legs clasp the perch by three quarters.
The round entrance to the house is called the entrance. As a rule, its diameter is about four centimeters. The perch is located next to the entrance, but slightly lower by a couple of centimeters. So it will be more convenient for the female to fly into the nest, and for the male to watch his offspring. over, it is important that the perch is both inside the nest and outside. The outer part usually sticks out ten to twelve centimeters, and the inner one. one or two.
Also, in some cases, when the owners make a house for budgies with their own hands, they also make a special approach in the form of steps or one step. This will make it even more comfortable for the bird to land after flight and enter the nest.
The sizes of the house for budgies, made by hand, may be different. Everything will depend on the type of nest, as well as on where it will be located. Vertical houses, as a rule, measure 20 by 20 centimeters. At the same time, the height is 25-27 cm. Horizontal structures are usually slightly less in height. from 10 to 15 cm, and the size is exactly the same as the vertical ones.
The most convenient, as we have already said, will be the compromise sockets. Width 22-25 cm, length. 20 cm, and in height up to 26 centimeters.
Often, hatching houses are made horizontal or vertical. For both types of structures, it is recommended to use parts with a size of 2025 cm.For a horizontal house, the height of the nest will be 20 cm, and the length. 25 cm.For the vertical variety, the value of these parameters will be the opposite.
An opening for an entrance on one of the walls is called a tap hole. The edges of the tap hole must be smooth and free of jaggies. For greater convenience, a perch is attached under the entrance. From the outside, its length should be about 10 cm. Inside the nest itself, a perch is also needed, but already of a shorter length (about 3 cm).
The light inside the house will penetrate through the taphole and several ventilation openings. No additional illumination is required. The nest cage should be kept in a warm place, away from drafts and cold air, otherwise the birds may get sick. For better air circulation, several small holes with a diameter of 0.8-1 cm are made on the sides of the box.
Vertical or horizontal
There are two designs (types) of nesting houses. Vertical designs are convenient in that they prevent premature flight of chicks from the nest. When making a do-it-yourself vertical nesting house for budgies, remember to place the perch correctly. It should be located three to four centimeters below the entrance to the nest. Thus, the bird, getting into the nest, does not risk damaging the laid eggs.
The most popular is the horizontal option. The structure will not allow the chicks to leave the nesting site ahead of time, and the bird will not harm its cubs. The sizes of the horizontal houses are no different from the vertical ones. Differences only in design.
However, the most convenient is the combination of a horizontal and a vertical nest. Compromise houses, and this is the name that this combination has, are both more spacious for the female and safer for the chicks.
Fastening the socket
The finished structure is attached directly next to the cage so that the parrots can quickly and easily move into the nest and back into the cage.
When chicks hatch, they will do this often, since adults do not live in such a nest. They only hatch eggs there. It is extremely important to take care of the reliability of the fasteners and the stability of the entire structure so that it does not overturn.
The nest can be attached to the cage with small brackets.
Horizontal and vertical designs have their own characteristics that should be considered. For example, in vertical houses, the entrance is cut exactly in the middle of the front wall, retreating from the upper edge about 3 cm. Such a nest has a significant drawback. It is precisely because of the verticality of the structure that the probability of damage to already laid eggs by the female herself is high.
When considering the horizontal design, it should be noted that the eggs are better preserved here. So that the female does not touch them once again, a small step is made under the perch inside the nest.
It is better to cut the entrance for a horizontal house not in the center, but closer to the side. In this case, the chicks will have the opportunity, if they wish, to retire, having moved to the far edge of the nest.
If they want to get to know the outside world better, it will be enough for them to move closer to the entrance.
The nest is spacious enough and comfortable for the female that incubates eggs.
Since it is convenient for the female to move inside the nest, the eggs remain intact and safe until the chicks hatch from them.
In order to avoid mistakes during work, you should first make drawings of the future nest, in accordance with which parts are subsequently cut out of wood. The drawing will also help you calculate the required number of fasteners and other parts. The approximate sequence of actions is as follows:
- 1Performance of the drawing of the future structure.
- 2Marking on wooden boards.
- 3Sawing of individual elements for the house. There should be 6 parts in total: four wall, lid and bottom.
- 4Cutting a tap hole on one of the walls. For this, a special circular saw attachment for a drill is used.
- 5Fastening of all parts with self-tapping screws, nails, staples and other available elements.
- 6 Fastening the perches outside and inside the nest.
- 7 Fastening the step under the perch for better safety of eggs from crushing by the female.
- 8 The cover is fixed so that it is convenient to remove it and carry out cleaning or, if necessary, disinfection. You can make a hinged cover that will be fixed with several hinges.
- 9Multiple holes are drilled on the side covers to improve air access and ventilation.
- 10Installing fasteners on one of the walls of the nest to fix it on the cage.
When the wooden structure is ready, it must be disinfected. It is best to pour boiling water over it, then let it dry completely.
When the female lays eggs, you should take time to clean the house weekly.
If the female is too nervous and worried during such a procedure, it is better not to disturb her and the offspring once again, since too anxious parents may refuse chicks.
After the do-it-yourself nesting house for budgies is ready, you should take care to equip it with everything you need.
Many experts advise breeders to observe moderation in this matter and not be too sophisticated in the interior of the nest.
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In their opinion, in nature, the female incubates eggs in more unprotected conditions, where there are no additional adaptations. Therefore, even in captivity, you should not pile up the house with unnecessary items.
At the bottom of the house, you can pour a small amount of sawdust by adding a teaspoon of dry chamomile. Dried flowers and chamomile leaves will create reliable protection for parrots from parasites.
It is better to choose sawdust as small as possible, since, following her instincts, the female will still throw out too large sawdust. Many bird breeders believe that sawdust should not be used at all.
Supporters of this litter believe that it serves as a kind of insulation that protects chicks from the cold.
The room in which it is planned to keep birds must be reliably protected from drafts and cold air currents. A cage with a house attached to it is best placed in the corner of the room. The walls will create a sense of safety for the birds. If they are placed far from the wall or in the center of the room, the parrots will feel discomfort.
Everyone who wants to breed parrots will be able to make an excellent nest for their pets. Knowing how to make a house for budgies with your own hands, there will be no difficulties during work. In addition, such a product, made by yourself, will cost much less than a purchased ready-made house.
How to make a parrot house
A very common question is not how to make a house for budgies on your own, but from what exactly to construct it. Experts advise choosing extremely safe materials. The composition should not contain harmful impurities, glue and chemical additives.
Plywood is most often used for such work. It contains the minimum of harmful substances that can harm the masonry. Although there is fumes here, they occur at the ends of the material. And if we compare it with chipboard, where evaporation occurs over the entire surface, then this is the safest material for the nests.
The parrot house is intended for the nesting of the female. In it, she feels protected, which contributes to more productive and successful breeding of chicks. The design is extremely necessary for those who decide to start breeding budgerigars. A house made, as a rule, of wood serves as an excellent protection for small and still immature chicks.
When planning to equip a nest for parrots, you need to choose the right materials, as well as choose a cozy and calm place for the location of the house. All materials and attachments to be used must be pet safe.
Wooden planks should be smooth, free from defects and any chipping, so that the bird is not injured. Under no circumstances should nails or other fasteners used protrude from the boards with a sharp edge.
List of materials and tools
- boards (plywood),
- self-tapping screws (nails),
- screwdriver (hammer),
- roulettes (rulers),
Construction will take a maximum of 60 minutes.
Step by step actions
You need to cut from boards or plywood: bottom, 4 walls, roof.
On the front wall, draw a circle with a diameter of 50 millimeters with a compass. This will be the entry and exit window. Also, just below the manhole and on the back wall, mark one small circle for the perch.
Now you should cut out the marked holes with a jigsaw. As for the perch, it should rest against the back wall with one edge. The other edge should protrude outside the future do-it-yourself nesting house for budgies.
Then drill holes up to one cm in diameter in the side walls. Their task is to provide ventilation.
Now you can start building a hole in which the female will lay eggs. Take the part you have prepared for the floor. Draw a circle in the part that is far from the perch. Its diameter: five to eight centimeters.
After cutting the circle, glue it back so that there is a small indentation. It’s time to fasten the walls of the structure. You can use nails and a hammer, or you can fix the edges with self-tapping screws. Make a nut under the entrance. It is necessary for budgerigars to nest, or rather, for the convenience of entering the “birdhouse”.
On the inside of the roof, attach (glue) two narrow slats of wood. This should be done as shown in the photo below. Then the lid will not knock when the inhabitants of the house come into contact with it. By the way, ice cream sticks are great as slats.
To decontaminate the budgerigar nest, burn it with boiling water or steam. Then dry using the heat of an oven or battery.
When to set up a budgerigar nesting house?
Experts advise to breed budgerigars at the age of 1.5 to 4 years. How to determine age, read here.
Nest Box Tips and Tricks
Also, if more than one pair of birds live in the cage, then parrots are fertilized better. This happens because in nature they live in flocks. If one pair breeds, then it’s time for the rest of the birds to have offspring. Therefore, this is the time when you need to put the nest with a budgerigar.
Stages of building a nesting house for budgies
If your goal is to breed offspring, then you can’t do without a nest. In a wild habitat, females prefer to breed offspring in secluded places. Usually they use a hollow for this. Therefore, your task is to create conditions for comfortable breeding of domestic parrots. Namely. to install a nest in the form of a house or a hollow. The information from our article will help you with this. After all, here we will tell you how to make a nest for budgies with your own hands, and what drawings, sizes of houses are suitable. But first, let’s decide on the best time for breeding.
How to make a nesting house for budgies with your own hands?
Now let’s talk about suitable materials and the construction process itself.
Consider the size of three house options.
The vertical structure is twenty centimeters long and twenty centimeters wide and twenty-five centimeters high. This structure prevents chicks from leaving the nest early. However, when entering or exiting, the female can accidentally ruin the clutch, destroy the offspring. Since eggs cannot be laid to the side of the exit.
Horizontal structure: in length. twenty, width. twenty-five and fifteen centimeters in height. Here, the female will not spoil the clutch when entering the nesting room. But the chicks have the opportunity to leave ahead of time.
A compromise option: 20 cm in height and length, 25 cm in width. There is no tightness for chicks. Therefore, no one will crush those who hatched late.
In fact, the forms can be different. For example, the photo below shows a non-standard view.
For slightly different dimensions, see the photo below:
Which house do you need, which one is better, or what nest sizes are right for your budgies? The choice is yours! We have just listed the most basic options.
Briefly about building a nest for breeding and breeding budgies with your own hands. First, draw a diagram on paper. After that, you need to transfer it to a board or plywood. Then cut the building material into pieces and fasten them together. That’s all. Next, let’s take a closer look at this process.
Important note! Better not to use chipboard, as its entire surface evaporates harmful chemicals. As for plywood, there are also chemical resin fumes from its ends. As you know, parrots are very sensitive birds. And even more so. chicks.
So how do you build a safe budgerigar house? Our answer: Give preference to hardwood materials. They do not have a negative effect on the body.
Rules for arranging a nest house
It’s time to talk about what to put inside and how to set up a budgerigar nest. Pour high-quality sawdust or dried medicinal chamomile flowers on the bottom. Sawdust of any tree can be used as bedding material. Here, experts do not single out any specific breeds.
Over time, the litter becomes dirty and needs to be replaced. In addition, it would be good to periodically disinfect the house. Bird watchers recommend cleaning up there for the first time when two weeks have passed since the chicks appeared. To do this, open the nest cover and carefully transfer the chicks to a small cardboard box. Now your task will be to clean up eggshells, excrement and replace the bedding.
Disinfect the house with boiling water when the offspring leave it.
Thus, you can build a nest for budgies with your own hands. This is a great advantage. First, you save money. Secondly, you know from what and how the house is built, so you are calm. We wish you success in breeding birds.!