SHRED-A-NEST™ for Cage Birds


SHRED-A-NEST™ for Cage Birds


DISPENSER PACK is Biodegradable and Recyclable!



COTTON PADS  are made using 100% Natural cotton made and process in the USA


Includes: compressed short-fiber pure cotton pads

that birds can shred and pull apart






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




LOCATION OF THE SHRED-A-NEST™ NESTING KIT : 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.  Canaries will select an open cup style nest made of metal wire, plastic or wicker; and finches will prefer a closed hooded or covered wicker nest or small wooden nest box. 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. If the  hen seems nervous and rebuilds he nest  several times, add in a second nest form at a different height. The nest cup should be level and securely mounted so it will not tilt or slide - close-to but not touching a perch.

HOW MUCH NESTING MATERIAL SHOULD BE PROVIDED: Provide 2 nests per pair of breeding canaries or finches. Before the first chicks leave the nest the female will begin a new nest. You should have the materials available for the second nest when the chicks in the first nest have pinfeathers covering their bodies that are just beginning to open at the very ends. Make sure there is enough nesting material for the hen to build the 2nd nest... otherwise she may pluck feathers from her first babies and use those feathers in her 2nd nest. Replace the first package of Shred-A-Nest if the birds empty it.  Have a second package ready and on-hand... do not let the nesting birds run out of materials.

POSITIONING SHRED-A-NEST: Place SHRED-A-NEST™ dispenser inside the cage - next to a comfortable perching position. The wire, plastic or wicker nest cup should be 6” to 10” away from nesting material source. Position the SHRED-A-NEST package across the cage from the nest cups or nest box to  encourage normal foraging behavior or nest-making materials.

MOUNTING SHRED-A-NEST™ DISPENSER: Remove cardboard along the dotted lines below. Use "S” hook provided to hang Shred-a-Nest inside the cage from a horizontal cage bar with exposed cotton facing birds. Mount the Shred-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 package.

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. 80018 – SHRED-A-NEST for Cage Birds – 12 pads – each pad 2” x 2” square