How to Build Nesting Boxes for Indian Ringneck Parrots

Updated February 21, 2017

Indian ringneck parrots are brightly-coloured, medium-sized parrots with a distinct dark ring around their necks. These birds are highly intelligent and must receive lots of socialisation and stimulation in order to be happy. Owners should think carefully before breeding these birds, and should never breed if they do not have enough space and time for the babies. Making a nesting box for Indian ringneck parrots requires some planning, but is substantially easier than most other aspects of parrot breeding.

Use a cardboard box approximately 6 inches wide by 10 inches tall by 7 inches deep. Cut a hole in the front of the box large enough for your parrot to easily enter and exit the box. Generally speaking, the hole will need to be at least 3 inches in diameter.

Fill the nesting box with pine shavings. Most pet stores sell these. Make sure that there are no additional ingredients like fragrance or cedar in the pine shavings. Add enough pine shavings to fill the bottom of the nesting box to approximately 2 inches below the entry hole.

Place the nesting box in your bird's cage before it lays eggs. If you know that your birds have mated, place the nesting box in the cage after mating. If you are not sure if your birds have mated, look for nesting behaviour in your female. Females typically begin searching for a nesting location a few days before egg laying. They frequently dig and root around in the cage, kick up substrate and move large items in the cage around.


If you are worried about stability or if your parrot is particularly hyper or destructive, you can use a wood box instead of cardboard. The dimensions and hole size of the box will be the same as the cardboard box. The incubation period for Indian ringneck parrots is normally 23 days. Expect eggs to hatch about three weeks after your bird lays them.


Do not breed sick parrots or parrots under a year old.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Pine shavings
  • Drill
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