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Old 12-11-2011, 02:39 PM
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Conure Nesting Material Help

I have a pair of sun conures and they threw all of the pine shavings out of their box. I refilled the box, and they threw it all out again. (I know that they are known for cleaning out their nests before they lay eggs). When I went to fill the box for the third time, they had already laid an egg. Now there are 4 eggs in the box and no nesting material. I was scared to add any after eggs were laid.

My concern is for the babies when they hatch. Are they going to be ok on the hard floor of the nest box or do I need to try and add nesting material before they hatch? If so, any suggestions for me?

The first egg is supposed to hatch later this week, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

Maybe you should just provide materials but let them fill the box? How about newspaper that they can shred and put in there as they please? Perhaps some straw would work as well if you have access to some.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:22 PM
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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

I tried that. Two weeks ago I got every kind of nesting material I could find and put it in their cage with them, hoping they would use it themselves. I put a bowl of fresh pine shavings at the bottom of their cage and in different areas I hung up coconut fibers, string, cotton, and straw. They have touched none of it. Thank you for the suggestion, though.
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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

Have you tried untreated sawdust? I have the same problem with my sun conures. I usually wait until the eggs start to pip & then providing they don't mind nest inspections add a bit more pine shavings. Once the chicks hatch they don't bother removing it. But you do need something for the chicks to stand on.

There is a rice based cat litter that is safe for parrots. You could try that. The hen can safely chew on that & maybe she won't remove it. I have used the recycled paper in my budgies nest with great success.
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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

can you use feline pine cat litter pellets as a cage liner for a parrot?
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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

I was always told to avoid wood shavings for bottom of the cage because they can grow bacteria. But there are newspaper pellet cat litters that might be ok. I've also seen "bird litter" now in the pet stores.
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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

I put in pine shaves packed at least 3 inches.They remove a little but mostly chew on the shavings.The thing you need to watch out for is if there is not eoungh for the chicks to posture them sevles they can get splayed legs.
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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

My conure does the same thing with the shaving, now I dont bother adding.
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Re: Conure Nesting Material Help

I just wanted to thank everyone for your advice and I wanted to let you know that I have been adding a little more pine shavings every day. I think it is coming along nicely! I wanted to show you the progress. Check out the pictures!
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I've been using pine shavings as nesting material for many years without issues. Im glad kits working out for you! Post pics when they hatch!!!
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