How to Build Nesting Boxes for Indian Ringneck Parrots

By Brenna Davis

Indian ringneck parrots are brightly-colored, medium-sized parrots with a distinct dark ring around their necks. These birds are highly intelligent and must receive lots of socialization and stimulation in order to be happy. Owners should think carefully before breeding these birds, and should never breed if they do not have enough space and time for the babies. Making a nesting box for Indian ringneck parrots requires some planning, but is substantially easier than most other aspects of parrot breeding.

Use a cardboard box approximately 6 inches wide by 10 inches tall by 7 inches deep. Cut a hole in the front of the box large enough for your parrot to easily enter and exit the box. Generally speaking, the hole will need to be at least 3 inches in diameter.

Fill the nesting box with pine shavings. Most pet stores sell these. Make sure that there are no additional ingredients like fragrance or cedar in the pine shavings. Add enough pine shavings to fill the bottom of the nesting box to approximately 2 inches below the entry hole.

Place the nesting box in your bird's cage before it lays eggs. If you know that your birds have mated, place the nesting box in the cage after mating. If you are not sure if your birds have mated, look for nesting behavior in your female. Females typically begin searching for a nesting location a few days before egg laying. They frequently dig and root around in the cage, kick up substrate and move large items in the cage around.