When you are fairly sure that your pair of pet parakeets are going to be parents and the female is ready to lay eggs, you will need to help her make a nesting home within the cage--a dark, warm place where she will feel safe and comfortable laying the eggs, tending to them and caring for her hatchlings. If you don't want to buy a nesting box, you can make one.
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Things you need
- Small, clean box with lid
- Utility knife
- Packing tape
- Nesting material
Take a clean, small box with lid (6 by 6 inch is a good size for parakeets) and tape the lid down securely. Make sure the tape is smoothed down to prevent the birds from pecking at it.
Using the utility knife, cut a smooth 2-inch diameter hole in the front of the box, right below the lid. Cut two or three tiny holes in the back or side of the box so you can look inside without disturbing the birds.
Insert nesting material through the hold (shredded fabric or newspaper, hay or dried grass). Leave some out on the floor of the cage so the female can feel like she's preparing her own nest to take inside the nesting box.
Position the box on the bottom of the cage in a space where the parakeets have no trouble entering and where they will feel safe.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure the box is stable in the cage; otherwise, the birds will not want to use it.
- Tie a few sprigs of millet treat to the nesting box, both inside and out. The birds will go to the treats, and this will help them get used to the box.
- Have the entrance hole high enough on the front of the box so the parakeet won't be able to scoot the eggs out of the nesting box, as they sometimes try to do.
- If there has been no male parakeet in the cage, then the egg laid by the female is not fertilised and won't hatch.
- Don't disturb the nesting box. Just peek in through the small holes you made in the back or side of the box.