Budgerigar Nesting Boxes
Having the ability to breed budgies is a special part of pet ownership that brings great enjoyment and many rewards. A bird ready to nest will seek out a quiet and secure location that is familiar and safe. In their natural environment, a budgie would settle in a tree trunk rather than to gather materials for building a nest in the branches. A pre-made budgerigar nesting box attached to the existing cage duplicates the preferred nesting habits of the budgie and encourages the pets to reproduce. Without a handy nesting box close by, the birds may not mate and produce chicks.
Creating the Ideal Nest and Cage Environment
A budgerigar nest box attached to the cage is an ideal solution because it provides convenience and privacy for the birds. For budgies living in individual or smaller cages, placing the box outside saves room and provides easier access for cleaning and care. Birds living in an aviary situation may prefer a nesting box securely mounted to the inside of the enclosure that is tucked into a shady spot.
Budgies prefer nesting in a quiet, dark environment that is located far away from noise distractions and excessive light. The temperature should remain constant, if possible, and the budgerigar nest box should be the right size for raising chicks. Several types of nesting boxes specifically created for a budgie or parakeet are readily available from many suppliers and are designed for easy assembly and mounting on the cage. During mating and nesting, the cage should also be equipped with water tubes and trays for feeding, a cuttlebone and salt spool and several perches of different lengths.
Typical Nesting Box Features
An ideal nesting box will provide a secure and comfortable place for the birds to hatch and raise their young. Wooden boxes designed to completely enclose the birds are suitable and typically feature a single round opening and a lid that lifts or slides away to clean and care for the box. Perches should always be included with the budgerigar nesting box and be placed close to the opening for easy access to the nest. A wooden insert placed inside the box will help prevent splayed legs. Unscented pine shavings placed over the insert in the bottom of the box provide a soft area that helps the mother bird form the nest.
Budgerigar nesting boxes designed for exterior mounting often feature sliding exterior panels making this style an easy-to-clean and convenient model. These boxes are slightly larger than other types and help protect both eggs and chicks from disturbances or damage. Some styles feature a rounded indentation at the bottom of the box that the hen will use to build the nest.