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Budgie Breeding 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.

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Question Maximum hen age?

Hi all, Im hoping an experienced breeder can give me some sincere advice!

First a bit of background:


Ive had my beautiful hen budgie Pico since she was a baby and shes now just over 7 years old! Shes in good health, although shes lost a few flight feathers recently which I think is a moult. Ive been able to spend a lot of time with her growing up so shes been on her own she had a companion for a little while a couple of years back but she had a liver condition from birth so sadly wasnt with us long (but definitely lives on in our hearts ). Recently, I adopted a 2 year old male budgie from a girl who didnt want him any longer (shock!!), hes healthy and after a long quarantine I introduced him to Pico and theyre totally besotted with one another now, which is great because she can have quite an attitude when she feels like it, sassy little thing that she is Pico has never had any chicks nor laid any eggs (neither fertile or infertile), but shes had a crusty broody cere for a few years. They both have lots of space and a good varied diet with a few supplements added to water, recommended by the vet.

Now, to my question. Is pico too old to have chicks? I havent given them a nesting box or anything, its just a general question depending on her age- Ive heard people say over 3 years is too old, but why is that? Is it dangerous for their health or something similar at an older age? Some informed advice/experience would be appreciated.

Like I said Im only asking because I love her very much and the thought of a mini junior pico next generation is quite sweet, but Id never do anything that wasnt a good idea for her.

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Old 07-06-2015, 11:14 AM
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Hi and welcome to the forums
It's good to hear you doing research before thinking about breeding.
Although your hen is in good health, it is not good to breed them over 4 years old because after that time, its more possible to have complications like egg binding and difficulty rearing the chicks.
Sounds like you love your pair very much
They sound adorable! I would let them live together since they're bonded instead of maybe getting a new hen for your male, and think about breeding if you ever get another pair.

It's awesome to have you on the forums and I hope to see pictures soon! Please feel free to ask about anything you're unsure of
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Welcome to the forums!
I'm glad you have had your Pico for 7 years and she has been healthy, however 7 years really is too old for your girl to go through the task of breeding, laying and raising a clutch.
As a norm, when a hen reaches 4 years of age it is about time to let her have her last breeding season before having her retired. Under very special circumstances and while having experience in breeding and having a good knowledge of my birds overall health and physical condition, I have allowed a hen of 5 years to have one last clutch. I was ready for all scenarios, including having to raise the chicks myself, but fortunately everything went well for both the momma and chicks.
At 7 years old it's just too risky and given the fact your Pico has never bred before, it really is best to not let her go through it now.
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As you've already learned from the other posters, it is not a good idea to breed a hen that is older than 4 years.
I'm so glad you were careful and did your research before deciding whether or not to allow Pico to have a clutch.

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Is there a max age for the dads?

And welcome to TB, Medsy!
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