This is coming from some one who can't even read a ruler
- So it is pretty simple
You do not need to go out and buy a nest box from a Pet store - and to be honest every one I've ever seen is too small for the species it says it's for (I'd use the cockatiel one for budgies, but wouldn't use the budgie size for budgies)
we have made all our nest boxes, some are "rough" some are "smooth" and I actually like the Smooth ones better
All you need is some Plain Untreated Smooth Plywood - * The following picture is just an example i'm not sure what kind of wood it's made out of SO make sure its not toxic first *
If you don't have power tools, MOST hardware stores will cut the wood to the size needed *I'm not sure if they charge extra - so ask ahead of time All i've ever had pre cut are dowel rods and Molding for along floor boards and it never cost extra *
he recommended nest box size is 12" wide by 16" long by 12" high (30x40x30 cm high) with a 3" hole.
Mine are 13" L X 13" W X 11 1/2" High with a 4" hole
now you got your wood in the sizes you need
How are you going to attach it to make a nice square?
Stainless steel hardware of course
Stainless steel is best because it is NOT toxic to the birds, Even though they can't get to them it is always best to be safe than Sorry
You can do this one of two ways Using S.S. Screws like this *but appropriate size for your project *
Or S.S. Nails * Again appropriate size for your project * You do not want either nails or screws sticking through into the inside of the nest box *
OPTIONAL: Stainless Steel hinges *reason below* appropriate size for your project.
Now here is the part that is all up to you - how do you want the "lid" for inspecting eggs/ chicks, Some use doors that slide up on the back part of the nest box, I personally perfer the top lid to lift up, Most of mine come all the way off ( i like this way much better, No accidents of the lid falling down)
So at this point you'll need to make sure you have everything you need before putting it all together
4 Pieces of cut to Appropriate size ply wood * You will need 5 if you want your lid to lift off, or lift up *
Stainless Steel Screws or nails
and if you want your Lid to lift up BUT not come off you'll need some Stainless Steel Hinges
So Now you have all your pieces, and you've put it together
What Should your finished project look like?
This of course
Things NOT TO USE as a nest box or For a nest box
Any Toxic wood or metals need to be avoided
don't use cardboard - specially on the outside of the cage, birds chew(it is a natural thing for them) they will chew the entire cardboard box up, and if there are eggs in there - where will they end up? On the floor broke, if there are babies in there where will they end up? On the floor most likely dead from the fall.
it also harbors moisture and bacteria
Don't have the money to go buy brand new plywood
Look around in your garage, for left over plywood from previous projects, ask family members, friends, or your local Free Cycle Group if you have one (www.freecycle.org
BUT MAKE SURE IT IS UNTREATED! and never been painted,or had any other type of chemical put on it, Just plain Plywood.