05-11-2018, 08:32 AM
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Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.
This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.
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Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
A budgie lays a specific number of eggs each cycle.
The first week the hen's body is preparing to lay the eggs.
The next two weeks is when the eggs are laid.
If a hen begins a cycle and you remove the egg(s) and start action to break the cycle, she will often continue to lay until the changes in the environment trigger her body to stop.
You are not ready nor do you have the knowledge and experience necessary to breed these budgies.
Please remove the nest box immediately.
You need to remove any dishes or toys the female can use as a nesting site and replace it with a different type of seed dish.
Start giving the budgies a calcium supplement to help replenish the calcium the female will be losing by producing the eggs.
Calci-Boost is a good choice.
Rearrange the entire cage.
It would be best for the budgies for you to buy them a new cage and ensure it is a minimum of 30" long x 18" wide x 18" high.
Bigger is better. Just ensure the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2".
When the female lays an egg, you need to remove and dispose of it immediately.
The eggs will not be viable until incubated for several days so you are not killing any new life.
It would be best for you to separate the male and female into different cages for a few weeks if possible.
You should always have a spare cage on hand when you have budgies to be used for quarantine/hospital and travel purposes.
With regard to your other questions:
It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)
Healthy Diet for your Budgies
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Most basic questions have been answered there.
You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).
Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.
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Using Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
as a natural pro-biotic is very beneficial to your budgies:
Apple Cider Vinegar
When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.
Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.
Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.
All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!
With a healthy diet, you should not need any vitamins or supplements other than Vitamin D3 which is used for birds who get limited direct sunlight.
Lady Gouldian Finch .com - Soluvite D
Here is an article about Full Spectrum Lighting:
I would not recommend you allow the budgies out-of-cage time for a few weeks. They need time to settle into their new environment.
Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time. They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help them feel more secure. Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.
To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.
To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.
After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.
Always work at your birds’ pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them
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Last edited by FaeryBee; 05-11-2018 at 08:37 AM.