Build-A-Nest™ for Cage Birds


BUILD-A-NEST™ for Cage Birds


DISPENSER PACK is Biodegradable and Recyclable!



Includes: easy-to-gather pure cotton loose 

fiber fluff and cotton string pieces




• No short fibers to wrap around baby birds’ legs or feet

• All natural cotton materials

• Cotton is grown and process in the USA

• Materials are compostable after nesting period is over

• Suitable for canaries, finches & other cup-building birds


THE TYPE OF NEST YOUR BIRDS WILL BUILD: Your canary or finch pair will respond to the natural urge to gather materials and build a nest.  You should be certain that the nest-cup style provided is correct for the size and type of bird you have.  There are pre-formed nests available in metal wire, plastic and natural wicker in traditional open-cup or closed/hooded styles.  Canaries will choose the open-cup style, and finches will instinctively select the closed of hooded types depending on the type of finch you have.

LOCATION OF THE NEST AND BUILD-A-NEST MATERIALS: The nest cup should be mounted near the top of the cage (in the upper 1/3 of the cage) with room for the hen to enter and exit easily. The nest cup should be level and securely mounted so it will not tilt or slide; close-to but not touching a perch. Hang the dispenser pack of BUILD-A-NEST so that it is near a perch for easy access, with the opened perforated "windows" facing into the cage. The nesting materials should be positioned across the cage form the nest cup to encourage normal foraging behavior.

HOW MUCH NESTING MATERIAL SHOULD BE PROVIDED: Provide enough material to build 2 nests per pair of breeding canaries. Before the first chicks leave the first nest the female will begin a new, second nest. This is often referred to a second-clutchhing. Make sure there is enough nesting material for her to build the 2nd nest before he first babies  are feathered (a good time will be when the first chicks have easily seen pin-feathers overhear bodies with the pinfeathers just beginning to open at the ends.) If there is no new material provided, the hen may pluck feathers from her first babies and use that in her 2nd nest. Replace package of Build-A-Nest if the birds empty the first one... do not let the nesting birds run out of materials.

MOUNTING BUILD-A-NEST™ DISPENSER: Remove cardboard along the dotted lines below. Use the "S” hook provided to hang Build-a-Nest inside the cage from a horizontal cage bar with exposed cotton facing birds. Mount the Build-a-Nest at about the same height as the nest-cup. Be sure to place the dispenser near a perch  to allow the birds a stable and safe place to land and sit while picking out nesting materials. 

 When the 2nd nest is complete, the eggs are laid and the pair no longer gathers materials, remove and recycle the entire BUILD-A-NEST package. Cotton nesting materials may be composted and will biodegrade. Save any clean and dry unused portion of Build-a-Nest still in the original package for future nesting efforts. Yo can slide the entire opened package into a zip-lock bag for storage until the next nesting season.  

Handi-tip: Remove cage-bottom wire grid so birds can gather material from the dispenser as well as any dropped fiber or string. leave the grid out and place additional seed source inane open top shallow bowl that can be easily accessed by baby birds  learning to feed themsleves during the critical weaning period.

COMPOSTABLE and BIODEGRADABLE: Cotton nesting materials may be composted and will biodegrade. Save any clean and dry unused portion of Shred-a-Nest for future nesting efforts. Remove cage-bottom wire grid so birds can gather material from the dispenser as well as any dropped fibers.

 WHICH BIRDS USE NESTING MATERIALS? As a rule, most birds with a "pointy beak" will use nesting materials they forage for and find by instinct.  This will include all canaries and birds of the finch families (Society finches, Zebra finches, Gouldian finches etc.) Birds with "hook beaks" such as Parakeets (Budgies), Cockatiels, Parrotlets, Love Birds etc. nest in wooden nest boxes with no bedding or nesting materials provided. Occasionally a hookbill bird will accept a small amount of sawdust or wood shavings - but cedar should never be introduced around birds at any time.


Item No. 80019 – BUILD-A-NEST for Cage Birds - .5 ounce total material weight