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Message started by birdgranna on May 6th, 2007, 12:40am

Title: nesting boxes
Post by birdgranna on May 6th, 2007, 12:40am

Can anyone share their experiences with different types of nesting boxes for medium to large parrots?
Also, does the nurturing instinct kick in once the box is on? I have reservations about my male grey. I know the male feeds the female while she is in the nesting box. Poor Quinn is not the sharpest tool in the shed and I am worried if my females' nutritional needs rest on him! Does anyone know if there is a nesting box that would enable me to feed her if he was not up to the job? :-/ I have seen a few boxes on various sites but wonder what people have experienced. Thanks.

Title: Re: nesting boxes
Post by Audge on May 7th, 2007, 11:44am

Birdgranna, do the hens not come out to eat on their own. I have no experience breeding parrots but I know with all of my others the pair take turns sitting the nest. One is always on the eggs and one will be out eating and bathing etc. They switch off regularly. Can a food and water container of some sort be incorporated into the nest box so she can eat at will without leaving the box? How does it work in the wild. If the hen stays in the nest then the male feeding her must be enough or the species wouldn't survive. Can you pump up his intake to be more nutritious when he passes it to her...vitamins in the water etc.  Sorry I can't be any help to you. We can certainly chat about it this evening on the chat and maybe someone will have some insight for you.


Title: Re: nesting boxes
Post by kdkkat on May 8th, 2007, 11:50am


Greys like to nest in an "L" shaped nest box, don't they? (NO experience breeding them here) If you fashion your own box, you could put a slide door on the bottom of the "L", is what I'm thinking. We've done something similar with our Tocos, made a box with an access door, "just in case". I can post a pic if you'd like, but it's not exactly applicable, because obviously the boxes would be different.

I know with Ramphastids, a certain amount of trust must be gained before the female will be coaxed into the nest box. During courtship, the male will feed the female first so she can see that he will provide food for her. We've seen the progression in our pair, which was fascinating! I don't know enough about grey behaviours to say, really, if it would be the same, or if they take turns brooding? Your boy may amaze you though!

Title: Re: nesting boxes
Post by fred on May 8th, 2007, 9:21pm

An intresting topic this one.
The advise so far is to go with a nest box for your parrots.
I agree to this to a point.
The point being if you can get a hollow log for your parrots you will be better off.
having said that if hollow logs are out you can use an Z shaped box.
an L shaped box lets in to much light for some birds.

What are the first signs of breeding may take place.
The parrots must be a bonded pair for then to breed well.
if the pair are not bonded breeding may not happen for years.

as stated the Male bird will feed the hen many times aday.
when the hen is satisfied that the Male bird will take care of her she will mate.
When the hen bird in down the thingy bird will feed the hen bird on call.
If the hen bird is not being fed often enough she will come off for a feed.
But that is rare.

when the breeding pair have young and the chicks are about a week old you will see that the hen bird will come of the young to drink and also eat as well as the Male bird feeding the hen.

I hope this helps

Title: Re: nesting boxes
Post by kdkkat on May 15th, 2007, 12:16pm

Nesting logs can be a little tough to find around here. You *can* fashion your own - it's my understanding that Aspen is good to use and fairly widely available here. Pine is another alternative. Because of the size we needed and the fact our pair needed something while there was snow on the ground, we elected to make a box and stuff it with mud, woodchips and sphagnum moss. This allowed them to fashion their own area, while lending us the convenience of having the sliding door, and affixing at the top of the aviary for them, without one of us herniating a disk..

Title: Re: nesting boxes
Post by birdgranna on Aug 17th, 2012, 9:46pm

I have decided not to breed this pair. I don't think the males genes should be passed on. He has gotten worse over the years and is a very nervous bird. He lives a quiet life, coming out of his cage most of the day but has to have places to "hide" and watch the others. I also would not trust him with my beautiful female. I am just going to forget breeding them. I do breed my blue crown conures once a year and they do quite well.

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