Is it safe to use an old Altoid mint tin as a nest for a parakeet?

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by Reformed, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Reformed

    Reformed Out Of The Brooder

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    So I was thinking it might be nice if my bird(s) could have a place to hang out or rest and I would put nest materials in it.
    And the tin is not rusty so just wondering if anyone else has used stuff like this for their birds.
    Also wondering if eggs could be safely hatched and chicks raised in it too.
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  2. GuineaFowling

    GuineaFowling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldnt use that. Now how large is the tin exactly? Budgies and other parakeets dont like open nests. They like to have a dark place with walls around them.

    You can easily make a nest box at home or buy one from the store. They only cost about $10.
     
  3. Reformed

    Reformed Out Of The Brooder

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    The plan is to put the tin inside of a nesting box that I would buy from like Petco or Petsmart. And the tin is like 3 inches long and probably over 2 inches wide, And I would supply nesting material for them.
    I just thought it would be nice for them to have something to build the nest in. :)
     
  4. GuineaFowling

    GuineaFowling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no need for the tin whatsoever with the nestbox. I know you mean well and want to help the birds out but they are quite capable of building the nest themselves. Simply put bedding into the box and they will do their thing. You dont want to risk metal poisoning either!!!
     
  5. Rosa moschata

    Rosa moschata Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Budgies, like virtually all other species of parrots, don't build nests. In the wild, they seek out hollows in trees, or the previously-used nests of other species. Lovebirds will bring some material to the nests for bedding, Quakers will actually build colonial nests out of twigs, but they're about the only exceptions.

    Are you intending to breed them? Because this is what "providing a nest" will stimulate. If you're not set up to breed and raise babies, don't offer a nestbox.

    :)
     

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