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September 8, 2020

Providing nest box for cockatiels

Hiii…. I have placed a nest box in my cockatiel cage. But my cockatiels are very scared to go near it. I think I have placed it for more than 2-3 months.. Please help in fix this problem..


Hi Nandish,

The best place for a nest box is to attach it to the outside of the cage, as high as possible. Most boxes are made to be attached this way, where the top lifts at the back of the box so you can check on them. Sometimes you have to cut a hole in the cage to accommodate the box, or some breeding cages have a small door up high just for the nest box. Whatever you do, you need to be able to close off the box or the hole in the cage when the birds are not nesting. In captivity, it is necessary to remove or block the nest box after each clutch for a few months to force the parents to rest before they breed again.

It is important for your birds to be old enough for breeding before they have access to a nest box. The male should be at least 18 months old and the female should be at least 2 years old. If they are old enough, they still need to bond and then start mating. They won’t show interest in a nest box until they have bonded and started to mate – then they will want a place to nest. It may be their age, where you have the box or they simply aren’t bonded yet. Just give them more time and when they are ready to breed, they should start to show interest in the nest box.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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