What To Put In A Budgie Nesting Box? (Answered!)

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Female birds can be really fussy when it’s time to engage in breeding. They might refuse to enter a nesting box if it lacks certain qualities. So, what do budgies like in their nesting box?

Budgies are minimalist when it comes to nesting materials. All they need is a spacious and clean nesting box. If you can add bedding made from chipped wood or hay, that’s more than enough.

I know you want to give your Budgie the best facilities. But, what’s best is allowing them to arrange or decorate their nesting box however they wish. To know more, keep reading.

What Materials Do Budgies Need In A Nesting Box?

Budgies are perhaps the least fussy about their nesting box arrangements. In the wild, Budgies never build nests. Instead, the female birds enter suitable holes in the trees and lay eggs. It’s usually the male bird’s responsibility to find the ideal nesting hole for its partner.

Since you are the sole caretaker of your budgies, the duty is on your shoulders. Preparing a nesting box is fairly simple. You just build a box with 6 pieces of hard cardboard (or wooden boards).

Birds usually require more stuff than just a nesting box to start breeding. But the case is different with budgies. In fact, you might find your budgie removing everything from the box one by one. What you can do is provide the bedding material. Let your budgie make its own bed.

4 Types Of Bedding Material For A Budgie Nesting Box

The only thing budgies need inside their nesting box is some bedding material. But there are lots of options. Let’s explore the most common bedding materials budgie-keepers use.

1. Chipped Wood

Chipped wood is the most commonly used bedding material for all kinds of pets. And it’s for good reason. Chipped wood is highly capable of absorbing moisture. It keeps the upper surface warm and dry. Also, wood has great insulating abilities. That means it can trap the bird’s body heat for a long time. So, your budgie will be cozy and comfortable even if the temperature outside is cold.

If you use pine wood, the bedding will also absorb smell besides moisture. Your budgie nest will smell fresh for weeks.

Is There Any Drawback?

The only drawback is that it’s not readily available, like leaves. You are lucky if you live near wood workshops. A hefty amount of sawdust and wooden chips are produced every day by default. You can easily get some for free.

However, please ask whether the wood was untreated or not. If it was treated with chemicals, please move on to some other material.

2. Shredded Paper

The shredded paper gives almost the same level of softness as wooden chips. It’s the best option if you don’t live in the countryside.

Just pass some pieces of paper through a shredding machine, and your work is done. But you have to make sure the paper is not treated with chlorine during manufacture. Raw and untreated materials work best for a breeding budgie. You must avoid any treated or toxic material.

Is There Any Drawback?

Paper is not a very durable option. Any moisture released on the paper will dampen the whole bed. Also, budgies have a habit of biting their nest. You will find them chewing paper several times a day. if it contains toxins, there’s a high risk that the bird will get sick very soon.

3. Dry Leaves And Twigs

In the wild, Budgies use dry leaves to build soft bedding. Sometimes, it’s the only readily available material. So, I don’t see why you can’t do the same. Just collect some dry leaves. Make sure the leaves are not wet or dirty. Dry leaves can be almost really comfortable, and it costs nothing. 

Is There Any Drawback?

One major drawback of dry leaves is that they are inefficient at absorbing moisture. If you don’t remove the leaves as soon as they get moist, the rotten leaves will affect the bird. The last thing you want for a breeding budgie is getting sick. Moreover, worms, as well as pathogens, can easily hide under dry leaves without you noticing. 

4. Clean Straw/Hay

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Straw is basically dried grass. It’s usually used in chicken nests. But you can build a nice nesting home for your budgies with hay/straw. They are soft and create a safe landing space for the eggs. It reduces the chance of having broken eggs. Another wonderful thing about straw is that it never sticks to the egg, even if the egg is wet. So, the clean-up process is a breeze.

Is There Any Drawback?

These materials are just like dry leaves. They have low water absorption capacity. Damp hay can get moldy pretty easily. It will attract different kinds of worms and parasites (mites).

Things To Consider While Building A Budgie Nesting Box

A suitable bed ensures the eggs don’t end up on the hard floor of the nest. But, your job isn’t done after choosing an ideal bedding. There are some other things to consider as well.

A Spacious Nest

The nest you have built must be able to accommodate two budgies easily. Sometimes, people make a small nesting box that can fit inside the cage.

But remember that your budgie will stay inside this box for months till the eggs hatch. If you have a smaller cage, just attach the nesting box outside the cage.

Quiet Environment

A nesting box should have enough privacy as well. Make sure the nesting box has only one small hole as an entrance.

Since the bird can’t see its surroundings, loud noises can cause anxiety. The bird might assume it’s in danger. So, make sure to provide a calm environment.

Regular Cleaning

You have to clean the nesting box regularly. No matter how durable the bedding material is, if you leave it dirty. The bird will catch diseases due to the unhygienic conditions.

Please keep track of the time the parent birds leave the nest to eat. Use the small break to replace bedding, clean feces, etc.

Finally, you’ve reached the end of the article. You see, budgies don’t ask for much in their nesting box. All you have to do is ensure the eggs don’t break and the mother stays warm.

I hope this article helped you choose the ideal nesting material for your mommy-to-be budgies.

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