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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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Default Laying probable infertile eggs / encouraging more amorous behavior

Sunnyside (F) just laid her first clutch of eggs. She started laying and sitting 8 days ago and has 5 as of now. While it appears that her and Chatterbox (M) are mostly well bonded - they often preen each other and he feeds her - I've never seen them mate. I've seen him try and do lots of mating behaviors, but she's never seemed receptive and would fly away or skwak if he'd try to mount her.

She's been really into sitting on the eggs, but I candled them and they didn't seem viable this far anyway.

Can they be bonded and yet still not want to mate? How long should I wait to take the eggs out for sure?

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How old are Sunnyside and Chatterbox?
Did you have them on a conditioning diet prior to Sunnyside nesting?
Are you giving her calcium and Vitamin D supplements?
Are you sure both birds are in condition at this time?

Budgies can often be bonded but not mate -- especially the first time.

If you are totally sure the eggs are infertile, it is best to remove them. Your hen is wasting her energy trying to incubate them at this point.

You can either remove both the eggs and the nestbox, limit her daylight hours and rearrange the cage to throw her out of her breeding cycle, or if both budgies are in condition, have received the proper diet and you've done all the necessary research about breeding, you can leave the nestbox and she'll begin another clutch in about a week and one-half to two weeks time.

I would also suggest you review the information in the following threads:

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-dangers.html

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We're at 6 eggs now, and it looks like the last two are indeed fertile!! I guess they got the hang of it after all. (To answer your questions, they are both over a year, on a breeding diet, and in condition.)

Should I leave the infertile ones or take them away? I read to maybe leave one or two infertile ones if there's just a few chicks to help prevent them from splayed legs?

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I would suggest removing all of the infertile eggs but replace a few of them with fake eggs.
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Congratulations on your soon to be here little pinkies!

It is always best to keep infertile (or fake eggs if no infertile ones are available) in each nest for two reasons

1. They will help prevent splayed legs as you mentioned by helping to keep the hens weight off of the chicks.

2. They will help the chicks and other developing eggs stay warm when the mom is out of the box. They act ws little hot water bottles so to speak I have noticed that real infertile eggs tend to keep heat better than fake ones, so I try to use them whenever possible myself.

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