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thoughts on nest boxes please

Discussion in 'Birds - all breeds / types' started by katek, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. katek

    katek New Member

    my ruppells currently sleeps on the highest perchin her cage, but i am wondering about getting her a next box for winter. i don't really have adequate heating in the living room, where her cage lives and i want to make sure she's warm enough.

    my concerns are: if she takes to the box, will she want to use year round or can i take it out her cage when the weather is warmer? is there any advantage of a nest box over a perch? will it encourage her to lay eggs (something i'd rather not deal with). is there any particular type of box i should get?
  2. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Hi Providing a female bird with a nest will enourage her to start laying eggs, If the room is not very warm what I suggest is getting a blanket that yu can put over the cage at night but leave a couple of inches at the bottome of the cage uncovered to allow air to circulate.

    I would not give her a nest box unless you plan on breeding even then breeding during the winter is a really bad idea as this can result in egg binding which is life threatening if not noticed and dealt with straight away..

  3. katek

    katek New Member

    thanks for the advice.
    no, i don't plan on breding with her, but having lost one baby cockatiel on a very cold winter's day (with a heater in the room) i'm a little bit parnoid about the cold.
    i do cover her cage every night, with a light cotton sheet since the weather has been warm. i;ll find a warmer blanket for the winter.
    if i cover part of her cage during the day in winter, will this help to keep her warm enough?
  4. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Covering the cage helps trap heat in, When it was really cold i used to cover the cage but not the front of the cage, I only covered the whole cage on a night.

    So you can do that, Some heaters give off toxins like heaters while teflon in the as this is really toxic to birds..


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