Nest sites we and the Pin-tailed chose
Nests - 15cm by 15cm by 15cm, external dimensions half-fronted wooden boxes.
A semi-translucent, half-fronted plastic box of 13cm x 13cm x 16 cm (5" by 5" by 6.5") has been used ('4').
Nests started in the baths many times.
Material - coconut fibre is all that is needed, some straw can be added but it's not necessary.
Fashion the fibre into some sort of nest in each box.
Siting - with a colony, get them started and any container or nook or cranny will be
pressed into service. Plant pot '5' was a classic.
Height - sites range from highest available, 2 metres ('1' & '2'), to lowest 90cms ('7' & '8').
Siting - boxes have always been sited with the entrance facing inside away from my gaze.
However, all free-built nests have had their entrance facing outwards!
Nest building was attempted in a bird bath which had fallen to the floor during one particularly intense
breeding frenzy. Once a nest was built in the lower portions of a small pot plant ('5').
Shelves - nests have been built between shelves formed by the bottom
of the upper cage and the top of the one below.
Entrance height of only 6cms, internal height only 7 cms and reduced further by conifer branches on floor of
the ledge ('3' & '6').
Inspection - never look in a nest if building has
started or egg laying may have commenced.
Nest and/ or eggs will be abandoned. However, with a full clutch they sit very tightly.
Nest box tops - make nest box top removable if fostering is intended. Pin-tailed
Parrot Finches make a small, tunnel-like nest entrance.
Extracting eggs or chicks with a spoon without a removable nest box top is extremely difficult.
The floors of the cages in the 'factory' were also removable
for access to self-built nests in the ledge below.
See sequential development of Pin-tailed chicks
at Chick photographs