Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Breeding Cages and Nesting Boxes

By Eduardo Gonzalez

If you plan to breed more than one pair of love birds simultaneously, then breeding cages are a good idea.  That way you can prevent the birds from fighting.  Just move each pair from their flight cage, and put them into the separate, smaller breeding cages during breeding time.

Although the breeding cage is smaller, it shouldn’t be cramped.  Otherwise, you won’t get any eggs.  Love birds will never come into contact if they are discontent, and one of the most important conditions for correct breeding is having enough space in which to breed.  The breeding cage should also be large enough for them to exercise, flap their wings, climb and play around.

You can leave toys in the breeding cages to keep the love birds content, active and entertained.  It won’t inhibit their breeding.  Bored love birds show their disgust by being exceedingly noisy.  
Provide nest boxes that are commonly used by larger parakeets, or even better, English Budgies. These have sliding doors and an elevated opening.  The male can sit beside the female while she is nesting.  Or, he can sit and sleep on the perch.  This will prevent accidents such as eggs cracking because one of the birds stepped on them, which can happen if either bird panics.

The nesting box should allow you to easily view the eggs. If the door too fixed in, sand the edges evenly, put it back in, and test it again.  Actually there is really no need for the curved piece of wood that comes with the usual budgie nesting box.  If you decide not to use it, keep it handy nonetheless, just in case.  
The nest box can hang either inside or outside of the cage.  If you put it outside, use wire clippers to bore holes in the cage wall.  Polish the sharp points of the cut wire for the safety of the love birds. Also, don’t let the nest boxes get wet by water or rain.  Acrylic sheets are provide good covering in rainy weather, and will also safeguard the birds from excessive sunlight.

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