DIY Indian Ringneck Nesting Box:
Native to the sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, the “Psittacula krameri” or the Indian ringneck parrot is a popular cage bird. Its feathers are usually green, but over 200 color combinations have been bred, including yellow and blue varieties. Males have black and rose-colored collar on neck, females and juveniles have no collar. Beak has red upper and black lower mandible. The Indian ringneck parrot usually nests in tree hollows, rock faces and ruined walls. But if you have an Indian ringneck parrot as a pet then you need to keep it in a secure cage.
You can make a DIY Indian ringneck nesting box easily with this tutorial:
- Cardboard box approximately 6 x 10 x 7 inches
- Pine shavings or any other wood shavings
- Bird cage
- Use a cardboard box approximately 10 inches tall, 6 inches wide and 7 inches deep.
- Cut a hole in the front large enough for your parrot to easily go in and come out the box. The hole will need to be at least 3 inches in diameter.
- Fill the nesting box with pine shavings.
- Add enough pine shavings to fill the bottom of the nesting box to approximately 2 inches below the entry hole.
- Put the nesting box in the bird’s cage before it lays eggs. Females typically begin searching for a nesting location a few days before egg laying.
- This little box gives the Indian ringneck’s ample space to move around and move the eggs too.
The nest box should be at least 7 – 10” wide x 7 – 10” deep x 18 – 30” high. These parrots are heavy chewers, so the box should be made of a thick timber or 3/4-1 inch thick exterior quality plywood. Depending on the depth of the nest box may require a climbing structure inside the box just below the entrance hole. A removable top on the nest box facilitates nest inspections.
Make your DIY Indian ringneck nesting box for your birds and give them space for breeding comfortably.