What a profound Christmas Message. Thank you Deborah.
When after several years of being budgie parents, you decide to "try" breeding: STOP! please. Take a deep breath and make a list of all that is needed to start a breeding program.
Anyone considering this process should at a minimum, have a full year as an assistant working under the guidance of a Champion breeder with a minimum of five years experience or more would be great. Learn to :muck out the flights and all of the not so glorious parts of the program. What happens when you feel under the weather? Who will be your back up team in the future? Purchase a book on avian embryology and pretend that you need to make an A in a college course on the subject. Really great preparation Would be a college degree in Biological Sciences or perhaps training as a Vet tech. with experience working under a vet that is certified in avian care. Maybe work in a avian rescue as a volunteer. The point is to see how you function in a hands on situation. Can you give CPR to a bird? Do you have and can you use a basic first aid kit for birds? Do you have the necessary funds for supplies and vet care. You can not wake up one morning hearing the clutch in the breeding cage calling for food and you have nothing to feed the parents. You have to be ready to think out of the box when facing an emergency that you have never experienced before. Be able to apply your intelligence in new ways and stick to the process till the birds in question are safe. These are just some of the impossible to predict issues a good breeder must face and find solutions for. I was blessed to see a bird die during an AI procedure and watch as it received CPR and Lazarus lived another 5 years and fathered several regular healthy clutches, If you do not know what AI is you need to do a bit more study before you decide to be a breeder.
What Deborah, And Ana have indicated above are absolutely critical. Have you read and committed to memory the text of the Challenge and The Budgerigar? Can you face stumbling blocks and keep moving toward your goal?
Any Good breeder faces these emotional doubts and challenges. Can you pass the test of emotional maturity which is an intrinsic part of becoming a good breeder. This is serious and no one on the Staff of TB is laughing!!
Some times we cry and our hearts ache. Please heed Deborah's concerns.
Blessings, Jo Ann