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using scatter dust in the nest box

Post by Guest » Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:42 pm

On the website mighty the people say they add scatter dust to the nesting material. Is this harmful to the birds and if not does anybody have any info on how to use it.



Post by Jodie » Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:23 pm

I have not heard of scatter dust. I tried to access the website to investigate further, but could not see where you found this information. I have heard of people using saw dust, cedar shavings and corn cob. My hen normally digs and lays eggs on the bottom of the wood, not really using the bedding. Hope this helps!

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Post by ringneck » Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:18 am

Hello and welcome to this forum.

Good question!

I am going to assume Scatter dust is like pest control powder.

Working with poultry and peafowl for many years we would place Sevin dust into the nest boxes. This worked great for controlling feather lice and mites.

We would clean each nest cavity with a small hand broom and powder the wood lightly. Then we would cover the powered area with pine shavings to prevent the chickens and peafowl from direct contact.

Ok, now to your question. I would not use any type of pesticide in a parrot’s nest box. As it is, parrots are very fragile, especially their eggs. Pesticides could cause more harm than good.

If you’re concerned about a dirty nesting box, clean it out with 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. Do this before breeding season and after. This is the safest method and if something happened to your parrots with Scatter, then you might never forgive yourself.

Hope this helps and good question. :wink:

Best wishes,


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Post by maxiandjoey » Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:52 am

I'm new in this forum but i just want to share what I read before about putting something in our RNP boxnest, putting cedar shavings, corn cob ,etc inside the nest is to help them feel they are secure and safe to lay eggs in that nest. digging and throwing the stuffs we put in their nest is making them think that their nest is deep and secured. We put cedar shaving and wood barks into the nest but they throwed them all out. But we think they already layed eggs. They do spend more time inside their nest and they stopped mating.
I hope this will give you an idea. :)

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