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Old 11-26-2011, 06:49 PM
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Question 1 Male with 2 Females?

I have a large Cage that has 5 budgies in it, 1 Male and 4 females, only two of them are ready for mating, anyway i noticed that the male is mating with two of them. So i was wondering, can he care for both if both laid eggs or should i pair him with only one of the two females?!

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How old are these birds? What diet are they on?

Take out one male and one female and put them in a separate breeding cage, if you allow him to mate with both hens he will either kill himself by trying to feed and the raise two clutches at the same time or he will favour one hen and the other hen could potentially loose chicks or die trying to raise them, thats assuming the hens don't kill each other or eggs or chicks in the meantime, not to mention the other 2 hens who could strt to interfere.

You should take a look at some of the threas in the breeding section, especially the ones regarding the correct diet, if you have any nestboxes in this cage remove them immdiently.

I would hold off breeding for now and do more research first.
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Pair him with only one female. It won't be healthy in the long run for the male and he could die and females can get nasty so they could fight too


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Mmm.. Thanks for the advise i've worked with it and paired him with one female ,, And don't worry it's not my first time breeding i've done it many times before and as for their diet they are served seeds daily ofcourse and eggfood mixed with veggies twice a week and a cuttlebone to provide them with calcium.
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and as for their age they are about 4 or 5 months and they moulted when they were 3 months old so they are sexually mature enough to breed
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and as for their age they are about 4 or 5 months and they moulted when they were 3 months old so they are sexually mature enough to breed
It's dangerous to breed budgies before they're at least a year old! They're not fully grown, even if they are sexually mature! Some people would say that hens shouldn't even breed until 18 months old.

"Age: The age of the breeding birds must be known so that you know they are mentally and physically ready to rear offspring. The youngest that most breeders accept as a safe age is one year. Many feel that 18 months is better. Budgies themselves are physically able to breed by the age of 6 months, but in humans years this equates to 13 -14 years of age. At 6 months they simply are not mentally ready for the task of breeding.

Many problems can arise if you attempt to breed with budgies that are too young. They can start to eat eggs, which once started can be hard to stop a bird from continuing, they can abandon nests and eggs or worse attack the young when they hatch."
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no its to much to ask of him
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I've breed many birds this age before and no problem happenned, what will i do when i see them mating?! ,, Separate them. I see it's really cruel. Come on they have feelings and they bond together, i can't forbid them from mating or doing what they want. And if it's dangerous to mate before they are 1 year old, how do survive in nature?.. :\
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I've breed many birds this age before and no problem happenned, what will i do when i see them mating?! ,, Separate them. I see it's really cruel. Come on they have feelings and they bond together, i can't forbid them from mating or doing what they want. And if it's dangerous to mate before they are 1 year old, how do survive in nature?.. :\
a toddler wants to eat anything in sight, etc etc it doesn't mean we let it. In "nature" budgies will NOT mate before a year old and iv'e no idea where that myth came from. In nature they will breed when grass seed and water is abundant, namely the rain season. Which is usually (as far as i know) each year, not every few months, sometimes budgies wont breed for years, due to droughts etc. It would be seldom found a budgie mating younger than a year.
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Mmm.. Thanks for the usefull information,, but how to forbid them from mating?! ,, is it an option?!
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