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    Quaker Nesting Material

    What is the best material to give quakers for nesting? Do they need a nesting box like cockatiels do? I read that they like to set up different 'rooms' in their nest. I am trying to find some pics of these unique nests!

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    Re: Quaker Nesting Material

    susan : quakers are the only parrot that actually build a nest ( out of sticks and such ) all other hookbills ( parrots , too's etc ) use a hollow in a tree or in the ground etc etc
    to be as natural as possible ( your option ) allow them to build a nest, rather than provide them with an un-natural box...
    other parrots use a box as a man made substitute for a hollow

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    Re: Quaker Nesting Material

    You can take kitchen skewers (like you would use to make kabobs) and cut the sharp ends off. I know several owners who provides thier Quakers with these and they build amazing nests.




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    Re: Quaker Nesting Material

    Yes, if you google the words "Wild Quaker" you will find photos of their nests and they are huge since they live in very large colonies.

    Melissa, would you hang the skewer and then they build the nest around it? So, you would have to provide them with a lot of branches for them to use...I can't even imagine the cage size must be to let them build such elaborate nests.

    Susan, they have been successfully bred using nestboxes as well. You would want to use one that is designed for small parrots, either rectangle or maybe even a boot box.
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    Re: Quaker Nesting Material

    Not sure what a 'boot box' is. I saw a picture of a nest where the owner put up a wire type tray (like you would use on your desk to put paper/mail in) They tied it to the cage near the top. Then the quakers built a nest in it.
    Should I bring in some sticks and things from outside? What about fabric, yarn, etc? Will they use the nesting material you can buy at the store? (looks like crimped paper)

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    Re: Quaker Nesting Material

    You need to make sure all the sticks you bring in from outside are safe for birds (like Oak for instance is toxic) and has not been sprayed with fertilizer or pesticides. Fabric is iffy since it can get caught around feet or in the crop. Same with yarn and the like. You can use the nesting material (the natural plant kind) that you buy at the pet store if you want. In a box, you would use pine or aspen shavings, Carefresh, or even reptile bedding. A boot box is a wood, metal, or plastic box shaped like a boot or a "L". Here is a pic of one:


    I think it is great to have them build a natural nest, it keeps their mind and bodies active, but if they seem like they are having trouble, or you are going to be handfeeding or handraising the babies, you may want to have a traditional box. I say this because with an elaborate nest, it is not going to be easy getting into it to count eggs, check on babies, pull babies or just handle them everyday. A regular wood, metal or plastic box is the best for this.
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