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Date Posted: 08:39:58 10/04/06 Wed
Author: Beverly
Subject: Good "sleeping quarters" also means a box from which ...
In reply to: Agnes 's message, "Re: Would this make good "sleeping quarters"?" on 01:25:30 10/03/06 Tue

>Absolutely,, But don't expect it to last very long,
>they will chew it up in no time.. The reason most of
>use nest boxes is because they can with stand a good
>beating. lol
(Good 'sleeping quarters' also means a box from which ....) an HOF can easily extract their companion, when necessary. From a box into which one can not actually see, extracting a flyer can be a challenge, believe it or not. A flip-top wooden 'bird breeders' box seems to be the best, and most cost effective, solution to sleeping quarters for a flyer. I buy the 'parakeet' size box. During the winter months, (and often during the summer, as well), all five of my boys will sleep in one box. My girls tend to split up into groups of two or three, in the same size box. The boxes run about $9 at most pet supplies. The wood used is hard enough to stand up to any gnawing (and indeed, my crew has yet to chew up a nest box ...). I also attach a plastic lid (the type that comes from the stupidmarket, with potato salad or even from the local Chinese take-out, with wonton soup ...) with a single screw, to act as a 'door', which I can slide over the nest box opening. This 'door' gets some chewing action -- but not really much. It would not work, to confine a flyer for long, but works well when I want to clean the flyers' closets, during the day, but don't want them to move from the nest boxes while I'm working.

So, IMHO, I'd save both the purchase price, and the shipping, and hit the local Petco or PetSmart, and get a bird breeders box, with a flip top lid. I usually have one box per flyer -- even tho several are used for eating or storing nuts, while only a few are used for sleeping.

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