How to Build a Nest Box for Macaws
When it comes to building a nest box for macaws, there are several ways you can go. If you were to ask professional breeders what type of nest box they prefer, each will have a different choice. Some breeders use oak barrels or plastic 55-gallon drums, while others use hollowed out, natural logs or large, thick pieces of PVC pipe. More commonly, breeders build their own wooden nest boxes for macaws.
Tips & Warnings
Measure twice, cut once. The cock bird does not take part in the incubation of the eggs but may still spend time in the nest with the hen. Common nest box entry holes are normally circular but it is not uncommon to make square entry holes for a macaw nest box.
If you are placing the nest box outside, encase the box in strong welded mesh wire in case the macaw chews through the wood. Macaws are destructive to woodwork and should be provided with plenty of chewing material. Clean the outside of painted nest boxes regularly to help the white paint maintain its reflective properties.