Breeding Boxes and Nesting Boxes
Birds can sometimes be very particular about
their nests. While I have had zebras lay their eggs in
food dishes, the majority of the time the birds tend to be
particular about their nests. I have tried many different
types of nests, but have had the best luck with two different
types of homemade nests. One is made of cardboard, and the
other is made of some materials readily available from the local
craft store. I have used the cardboard nest boxes successfully
for several clutches of zebra finches. I have had several
clutches of Gouldians in the the other type.
I have also had good luck with plastic nest boxes. The
ones that I buy are hinged at the top, and allow you to look
inside and check on the status of the eggs or nestlings. I
put a single piece of thin balsa or basswood on the bottom of
the nest box. A coffee filter also can be used for this. The box that I used had some slits in the
bottom for ventilation, but the nestlings got their nails caught
in it. To give them increased ventilation I drilled
several 1/8 inch holes in the sides and the top.
Quite often pet stores have several different types of finch
nests for sale. These are usually made of wicker or some
other material, and look like little baskets with an arched
cover. I have tried these with little success.
In fact, I have had some problems with finches injuring
themselves on the wicker nests. They have gotten their
nails caught on the wicker and injured themselves trying to get
Cardboard Nesting boxes
I have had good luck with the zebras using small nesting
boxes built from cardboard. The plans for these boxes are
available online at
Constructing Finch Nests on Wilmer Miller's wonderful
www.ringneckdove.com. In addition to information on
doves, this sight has a lot of very useful information about
finches. I have learned a lot from this site and I
highly recommend it.
"Milk Carton" Nesting boxes
Another good idea for nesting boxes is to build
them from old milk cartons. The plans for these boxes are
available online at
Milk Carton Nest
Boxes on Roy Beckham's site eFinch.com.
This is another wonderful website which is just loaded with
useful information and wonderful photos of finches. I have
learned a great deal from this site. It is one of the
first places online that I look for information.
Tina's "Tube" Nests
I started to build these nests for my owl
finches. They wanted a deep nest, and these seemed to fit
the bill. However, I was surprised to discover that my
Gouldian finches loved them as well.
||The photo at the left shows how popular the
nests that I make are with the birds. I took this photo
from a nest in a large flight cage. If you look closely
you can see a pair of chocolate Society Finches in the back, and
a female Gouldian finch in the front. I had a pair of
Gouldians and a pair of Society finches that both wanted to have
the nest, so they ended up sharing the nest.
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