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HEN WITH CHICKS IN A STANDARD NEST BOX





ADVANCED NEST-BOXES:

A standard nest-box with a single compartment is fine for the early staged of the rearing. It

fulfills all the requirements of the hen and offspring - warmth security and protection from

the elements. However, later on when the chicks are that much bigger, they are not so suitable.

The nest must be cleaned out at least once with the attendant disturbance to the "household".

Failure to do this will not only subject the clutch to an unhygienic environment but could also

lead to foot damage. The droppings could harden around the claws and prevent proper growth.

The chicks will also be forced to grow up in very close proximity to its siblings which isn't

ideal. Although gregarious, budgies are very independent creatures and this starts in the box.

A two compartment nest solves all these problems.

These can take various sizes and shapes and as far as I'm aware are not available commercially.

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ALL WOOD DESIGN:



OPEN PLAN NESTS


These nests were built from an old cabinet for an aviary in an attic. Although elaborate with regard

to facilities the nests themselves are easy to construct. All the floors are made of plywood and

rest on tacks driven into the walls of the cabinet. Heating and lighting is provided and in two of

the nests a water trough is fitted. The lighting is essential whereas the other facilities optional

and are provided to give the hens more freedom during winter breeding. Different layouts were

tried in order to assess the pros and cons of each design.

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BRICK AND WOOD DESIGN



These designs were very popular and easy to make. The method is the same for all designs.

Arrange paving stone bricks an a sheet of hardboard or plywood such that the two rooms are

formed. A wall is formed by placing one brick flat and another on it's edge on top of it.

It's convenient to make the size of the bed the same as the paving stones.

With 5cm x 10cm x 20cm bricks the interior height of the nest will be 15cm.

Clamp boards to the front and back using 6mm threaded rods. A hinged roof can be fitted to the

back board. Larger house bricks can also be used to give the birds more space.

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THE BUDGIE HOUSE



This is a special nest which can be used for monitoring and filming the progress of the chicks for

education or when a problem is suspected.

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SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

A multi-compartment nest offers considerable advantages over standard nest-boxes, but

special care must be taken in it's design. The safest approach is to make the "REARING ROOM"

as close as possible to a standard nest box. Escape from this nursery compartment should only be

possible for the hen and her older chicks. This can be arranged by making the walls 5 or 6cm high.

or cutting the entrance hole at this height.

Check for any gaps between the bed and the walls of the nursery. If the fit isn't good

either re-make the bed or fill with sawdust.







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