Hi all, I’m hoping an experienced breeder can give me some sincere advice!
First a bit of background:
I’ve had my beautiful hen budgie Pico since she was a baby and she’s now just over 7 years old!
She’s in good health, although she’s lost a few flight feathers recently which I think is a moult. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with her growing up so she’s 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 wasn’t with us long (but definitely lives on in our hearts
). Recently, I adopted a 2 year old male budgie from a girl who didn’t want him any longer (
shock!!), he’s healthy and after a long quarantine I introduced him to Pico and they’re 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 she’s 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 haven’t given them a nesting box or anything, it’s just a general question depending on her age- I’ve 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 I’m only asking because I love her very much and the thought of a mini junior pico next generation is quite sweet, but I’d never do anything that wasn’t a good idea for her.
Thanks in advance guys