With several dozen different species of parrot commonly kept as pets, this section of our guide can only deal in generalisations. Each species has its own particular requirements, and specialist advice should be sought for the particular birds you are trying to breed.
Generally speaking, breeding birds must be kept apart from other pairs, or from a non-breeding flock. Parents become very territorial, and life-threatening squabbles are inevitable. If you only keep a pair of parrots, this is not going to be a problem. If you want to work on a grander scale, you will need to install a custom-made breeding aviary, with separate sections for each pair.
Breeding Fischer's Lovebirds requires the right environment
How Much Space Does a Breeding Pair of Parrots Need?
Medium-sized parrot pairs (e.g. Cockatiels) will need an aviary space at least 360cm long, 90cm deep, and 180cm high. Within this there needs to be an indoor space of at least 120 long and 90cm wide, containing a nesting area. Raising this covered section from the floor and lining its base with wire mesh makes a breeding aviary easier to clean, as most of the droppings will fall to the floor (which can be concreted or tiled).
Flock birds such as Cockatiels, Budgies and Lovebirds can cope with confined breeding spaces better than more territorial birds. Less gregarious species will need a lot more space, to enable the male and female birds to have their own personal space.