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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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Old 07-15-2015, 09:10 AM
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hey everyone my budgies layed 7 eggs and i have gotta great job offer and i might need to move my house. babies have not hatched yet i think they are going to start hatching late next week. if i move after hatching will she still parenting them or is it dangerous? i am not sure what to do

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Alex,

Congratulations on the job offer!!

We have flagged your thread to bring it to the attention of some of our expert breeders.
Stand by as I'm sure some advice will be forthcoming.
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I have never been in that situation where I had pet birds in the process of raising a family and having to take them on a trip and placing them on unfamiliar surroundings.
I find this very risky, unless your pair doesn't scare/stress out easily and is used to travel by car and you make sure they are perfectly comfortable for the ride and try to make the trip as less turbulent (as in not hitting any bumps, nor any sudden hitting on the brakes) as possible, then the female may continue to stay on the nest and do her job.
Even for some budgies, the fact that we need to take them on a longish car ride for a vet appointment is reason enough for them to be stressed out. If you decide to go through with the move, then you should be prepared for the eventuality of chicks/eggs abandonment and be ready to raise the chicks yourself.

In my case I only had to move my breeding birds from the bird room and into my bedroom and since they all know my house quite well they hardly noticed the difference and weren't bothered by the move. The females wouldn't even leave the nest during the whole thing. But this is of course very different from actually moving away and having the breeding pair to go through travel.

If you have someone who can look after your pair and their eggs/chicks, then that would be the best and safest option. It would be sad for you because you wouldn't be able to follow closely the chicks growth. When the chicks were old enough you could then have the whole budgie family back with you.

Good luck with your decision and congrats on your new job.
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thank you for kind messages. the difficult thing is i live by myself and i cant leave my babies behind coz house will be empty if i leave im just looking for another place right now its gonna take a month less or more im not sure. even after they hactched im worried about my hen. anyways i have sometime to arrange something. the place im planning to move is just 30mins from my home. i will get a truck to carry my cages. they are aviary cages. lets see whats gonna happen. i will try to drive everyday to work and uni. wish me luck guys
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I am sorry you are in such a tough situation with your birds Alex, although it is great thst you have been offered such a great job prospect

Can I ask a few questions that will help determine the best thing to do in your particular situation?

How old are the chicks/eggs at this point?
How big is your breeding cage?
Will it fit in your truck easily without being dismantled?

If you can answer these questions I will do my best to help
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I am sorry you are in such a tough situation with your birds Alex, although it is great thst you have been offered such a great job prospect

Can I ask a few questions that will help determine the best thing to do in your particular situation?

How old are the chicks/eggs at this point?
How big is your breeding cage?
Will it fit in your truck easily without being dismantled?

If you can answer these questions I will do my best to help
thank you Lindsey. i have tried hard for that job btw i have uploaded the picture of my cage but its quite big. the oldest egg is 17 days old by the time i move 3-4 of them might be hatched. i still got about a month to move i spoke with my realestate. i can the cage in a truck easy and cover them so they wont stress out im just guessing.
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thank you Lindsey. i have tried hard for that job btw i have uploaded the picture of my cage but its quite big. the oldest egg is 17 days old by the time i move 3-4 of them might be hatched. i still got about a month to move i spoke with my realestate. i can the cage in a truck easy and cover them so they wont stress out im just guessing.
Thanks for the pictures and additional information!

It is great that you still have about a month before you need to move, the longer you can wait the better

In 4 weeks or so the chicks should all range in age from 2-3 weeks give or take, and assuming at least 2-3 chicks hatch you should not need to worry about them chilling on the trip so long as the truck is 70 degrees and the chicks are safely inside of their nest box.

When it comes to actually moving them to your new home the dad and the chicks should essentially be the only ones in the breeding cage. You will want to remove the hen when the youngest chick is 2-3 weeks in age at most to prevent her starting another clutch, which would complicate your situation immensely and is not something you want to deal with


The best success I have had/can recommend when it comes to moving a breeding pair and chicks successfully is the following:

About 2 weeks before you actually need to move begin placing a light colored sheet that is not see through over the back wall of the breeding cage. During the next week or so, steadily increase how much of the cage is covered by the sheet inch by inch until the entire cage is covered completely by the sheet during the night, and only leave a few inches open during the day where you need to open doors for filling food and water containers.

Right before you actually move, completely fill the food and water in the cage and completely wrap/cover all sides of the cage with the sheet. Use clothes pins or something of that nature to ensure no gaps are left at the front or bottom during the process so there is as little stress to the birds as possible.

Once you have moved the birds to your new home make sure to play soft tv/budgie sounds etc to make the dad feel as comfortable as possible.

What I mentioned might sound a bit silly... but in doing so you will ensure the dad is used to his surroundings in his old home, a sheet. When you move them into a truck and relocate him to an entirely new home the only stress will be the bumping along during the short trip as he will not see anything going on around him, or his entirely new environment as again he is seeing what he is used to seeing, a sheet

Once you have the birds relocated you can start opening the sheet little by little where you need to change their food/water as before. Once the chicks are completely weaned, which should be 1-2 weeks after the move, you can slowly increase how much of the cage is uncovered as you did to cover it to begin with.

Ideally with the method I just mentioned your male should continue caring for the chicks while they wean, although during a big move he essentially has no idea about besides getting bumped around a bit for 30 minutes during the trip, and you will not be in the position where you need to hand feed an entire clutch of chicks around the clock.

Of course as was mentioned though, be prepared to step in and hand feed at any time as is necessary when you raise a clutch of chicks regardless of the circumstances

I wish you all the best in your moving adventure, and please let us know how it goes!
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