Q: What do I put in a nesting box
March 9, 2011 | By Naturegirl112106 | 4 answers | Expired: 1273 days ago
I have 2 budgies and I am trying to breed them. I caught them mating this morning and I was wondering what to use for nesting material. I had cotton in there and she left it alone but I cleaned out the box and put shredded paper in there and she just started throwing it out. Should I put cotton back in there or is there something better to use. I had bedding for liek a rabbit or hampster in there but she didn't seem to like that either. Please help.
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Mar 11, 2011
Parakeets will prefer a bedding such as aspen( which is an untreated wood shaving, this is what I used with all my breeder birds) also recycled newspaper such as Carefresh bedding can be used. Never use a cedar bedding,the aroma can cause upper respiratory issues. If you have a big enough cage you should have no issues with having the male and female together, parakeets do very well raising their babies on their own. Let them feed the babies if you are not an experienced hand feeder, if you handle them after they are fully feathered,at about 4 weeks old, you can make them hand friendly.
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Mar 10, 2011
Shredded paper is perfect for nesting boxes, but you also want her the control to arrange it how she likes. She may throw some out, she may throw all of it out. Just continue to make it available to her.
Are you breeding b/c you'd like a few more or are you hoping to sell them? There are many birds already in need of homes in shelters/rescues and only experienced breeders should be filling in the rest of the population. Birds require special natal care before, during, and after a pregnancy. Some breeds shouldn't even share a cage once the female gets pregnant. There's also a lot to learn regarding the specimens that should be mated. With all the birds needing homes, you really shouldn't be breeding unless you're prepared to keep them. Even then, consider rescuing some who have been neglected or abused.
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Mar 09, 2011
I hope you will keep the babies or find them good homes as for a nesting box I don't know if I had this qeustion I would ask Dayrl b. I am an expert but only on dogs, cats, reptiles insects and cows of course and some wild animals too such as blue birds and crows. I am sure dayrl knows though.
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