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Old 08-28-2010, 05:30 PM
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Nesting material?

I was wanting to see some opinions on what to use for nesting material for my male and female cgc's. They have been in the nnest box sleeping and chewing some, but I havnt put any sort of nesting material in it yet. Ive read pine bedding would be ok to use as well as shredder paper or twigs(not to fond of the idea of twigs because im not sure of what is on them after being outside).. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Re: Nesting material?

Oops, I hit the Thank you button, LOL!
It is best to use soft bedding instead of twigs. I always used unscented, untreated pine or aspen bedding.
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Re: Nesting material?

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It is best to use soft bedding instead of twigs. I always used unscented, untreated pine or aspen bedding.
Alright ill give that a try . Thanks!!
Ive noticed theres a few feathers in there right now. They dont go in allot though. Would it be ok to put a few pieces of shredded paper also? Or just the bedding?
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Re: Nesting material?

my maroon-bellied conure uses shredded paper, he'll make a perfect little nest and sleep in it. what about a mix of both? that way they can form it a bit more
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:10 PM
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Re: Nesting material?

Thats what I was thinking

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my maroon-bellied conure uses shredded paper, he'll make a perfect little nest and sleep in it. what about a mix of both? that way they can form it a bit more
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Re: Nesting material?

I'd also suggest pine shavings, paper and paper products tend to wick moisture and can promote mold and bacterial growth, some birds will actually do house cleaning duties and when using paper it may stick together making it harder for them to expell it from the nest box, it also tends to flatten out and lose its cushining value after a short time of the parents going in and out of the box.......
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Re: New Subscriber Question - CAG breeding instructions?

I have a bonded pair of adult Congo African Greys. He talks and she does not. She lays eggs every so often but they never hatch. I do not think that they are properly "coordinating" for conception. I have them in a large dome-topped Macaw cage and have put a professionally made breeding nest on its side in the proper spot. That's all good, she lays eggs but the eggs are not hatching! I am assuming that its a logistical issue so that they can copulate. How do I place the perches so that they can breed? Or do they breed on the ground (probably not). Pix would be great and exact instructions please! My birds are super nice and I know the babies would be too!
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Re: Nesting material?

Interesting terminology, logistical issue, but then logistics is the study/means of moving things from one place to another and though I am schooled on the basic techniques as I have a nanday & sun pair that practice quite regularly, I have never paid close enough attention I guess.

When I notice them practicing, on a perch with both holding onto the cage side with one foot, her holding the perch with her other foot & him on her back or on a cage top, her with both feet holding the cage top & him astride or similarly positioned on bookshelves or furniture...they are not shy...I usually put their nest box in the cage with a couple of loosely balled up double sheets of newspaper.....they'll chew/tear up as they want and either keep all or throw out what they don't want.

I'm not sure about twigs & hatchling eyes & I might have a similar caution with pine needles.

Now, this logistical situation with your greys, it could be that a platform may give him more purchase & make her feel more at ease...though greys handle perches of 3/4 inch to 1.5 inches well a platform would allow them to their minds on the logistical delivery rather than intervening balance concerns.....

Mine have never produced any viable clutches either, but they seem to enjoy practicing, so I leave them to their enjoyment.....

Good luck to both of you & your birds.....

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