Does it make sense to hang the bottom of a cardboard box in a cage for a cockatiel?

I am thinking of cutting the bottom of small cardboard box, or half-gallon milk carton. The idea is to make a tray shape, attach it to the side of the cage with twist-ties. As a resting/nesting place.

Would a cockatiel like this?

Is cardboard safe?

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    My first question would be: how long do you expect cardboard to last? Sounds more like something to take apart than to rest in ;)
    – Layna
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 7:36
  • If you want it as a nest, i'd go for something more solid, it would be more secure than cardboard
    – Just Do It
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 15:38

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Should I use cardboard?

Does it make sense to hang the bottom of a cardboard box in a cage for a cockatiel?

Birds LOVE boxes, this is a great idea!

Is cardboard safe?

Cardboard is very safe, I make many toys with cardboard boxes (cereal boxes, cookie boxes etc.) - they tend to make very good foraging opportunities.

When to not use boxes

Some birds can get very defensive with boxes as it they can claim it like a nest - this nesting behavior can trigger egg laying in our females. Chronic egg laying is problematic to their health as it depletes nutrients from their bodies which can result in:

  • Egg binding
  • Osteoporosis
  • Feather loss
  • Poor feather growth

Similar answer. We have African Grays ; they love to spend most of the day shredding flat cardboard. We put a small box in the females cage, she soon stated laying eggs which involved screaming so we removed the box.

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