No special requirements
Well lit rooms.
Install a bird bath, food and water dishes and a variety of perches. Also include toys for your canary to play with. Don’t forget about adding treats and grit as well.
Parakeets are fairly easy to mate, given a few simple conditions. The cage needs to be big enough, the room temperature should not be too cold (as a matter of course it should never be too cold, or a draft can give your birds a respiratory infection), about 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and a nesting box must be present. Unusual situations sometimes arise with breeding behavior. One parakeet of my own was so intent on laying that she laid eggs underneath her seed dish not long after she had hatched out a clutch of babies. These eggs were not fertile, though, and did not hatch.
Contrary to popular belief, parakeets don't usually mate for life, although they have been known to. When selecting a pair for breeding, make sure that the cock (male) is at least 10 months old, and that the hen (female) is at least one year old. When you have selected a breeding pair, put them together in a cage of their own, unless you have an aviary with lots of other birds. The ritual courting that parakeets go through is actually quite amusing. The male will "preen" (pick through feathers with his beak, using it like a comb) the female's head feathers, feed her, and "dance" for her, bobbing his head up and down rapidly and excitedly. This last act is sometimes performed when the birds are not mating, as an indication of excitement and immense happiness. There are birds who like to dance when music is playing, singing along and bobbing their little heads.
Wooden nest boxes are available at most pet stores, or can be purchased from someone who makes them. The nest box must be of the following dimensions, or the breeding pair will not use it: 8-1/2 inches tall, by 6-1/2 inches wide, by 6-1/2 inches deep. The opening of the box must be 1-1/2 inches in diameter, with a perch about one inch beneath it. Depending on the type of cage you have, the box can be attached to a special opening that the cage has for this purpose, or if the cage is large enough, you can actually put the box in the cage. Make sure you do not place the nest box either too high or too low. If it's too high, the babies could fall out and be killed; if it's too low, the female will not want to brood in it. Be certain that you have easy access to the flip top opening of the box to clean it occasionally and to check on the babies. If you put the nest box in the cage, make sure that there is still more than enough room in the cage for the breeding pair to move around.
Nesting material is unnecessary, as the female uses the feathers that she loses when she sets to partially insulate and protect the eggs from breaking. Seed and water must be readily accessible to both the female and to the male; the male takes on the task of feeding the female when she stays in the nest box.
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