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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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New to forum... I have two budgies breeding... Bleu (male) nested with another budgie previously who has since passed. No fertile eggs in that batch BUT the mama had disabilities.

Now Bleu and Moira are mating. I want some help to see if anyone thinks from this picture that eggs look viable... I am nervous about candling and can use any advice possible!
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm sorry for your female budgie's passing... when it comes to disabled birds or birds born with birth defects it's advisable to not breed with them to avoid deterioration of their health and to prevent the chance of chicks inheriting the disability.

As far as the eggs go, it takes a keen and experienced eye to spot when an egg is infertile or fertile without using candling. And to judge that from a photo (which is hard, nothing beats actually seeing them for real), unless the quality and lighting are perfect it's not possible to give an accurate guess.
Still, I will try to explain the differences to the best of my abilities.

All eggs recently laid (as in from a few hours to one full day) will have an overall light pink tone to them. After a few days of full incubation, a fertile egg will change from the pinkish tone to a very solid white colour. Infertile eggs will have some of the pinkish hue and also have more of a translucent white colour, the white won't be so strong as the one from the fertile egg.
An egg gone bad will have a greyish looking appearance, and it should be taken away from the nest, the same goes for eggs that will have a blood ring across, meaning the developing chick died in the egg.

Eggs take on average 18 days to hatch but they can take up to 21 days depending on the time the hen started to fully incubate them.

I see from the photos that you have 3 budgies on a cage. When it comes to breeding it's best to have just the pair in a cage without any other bird to possibly meddle with things.

There is a lot of info on the stickies here at this section of Talk Budgies and if you haven't done so already, do check them out.

Good luck with your pair and their eggs!
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Hey Thanks so much! I have already separated so only the pair are in the breeding cage. do you think it is advisable to not candle?

I appreciate all your help!
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Hi and welcome beautiful pair

Both male and female are in breeding condition and looking healthy so expect fertile eggs

To confirm that you have to overcome your nervousness and candle the eggs and this is not a must thing wait for pinkies to confirm that
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

I would suggest taking the time to review the information in the following breeding threads

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Thanks for all the helpful response! I have checked out many of these forums previously as I have had budgies ober 3 years now and this is my second attempt to breed. The first attempt was more accidental but I allowed them to try to nest with the eggs (this was the infertile bunch). Eggs appear white but as an amateur I get nervous because with the first batch I really wanted viable eggs so all along I was able to sort of convince myself the eggs looked fertile.

As of now: Bleu and Moira have 5 eggs which have been laid in succession since Saturday July 11, 2015.

Eagerly waiting!
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