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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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Hi fellow budgie lovers,

I am expecting my first baby in a weeks time. I have one hen with 6 eggs so far and another hen with 1 egg so far.

Once the eggs hatch, do the mothers get rid of the egg shells by either eating them or tossing them out of the nest OR do I need to take them out?

I also have one hen who insists on using her seed hopper as a toilet and is holding onto her poo if I take it out. The moment I put the seed hopper back in, she goes straight away...........any ideas why she does this and of course the poo is huge!

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Some females eat the egg shells while others do not, I've also had females to eat just a bit of the shell and leave the rest on the nest. I remove the egg shells during my daily checks on the nest when I see the mother doesn't want to eat them and just ignores the egg shells.

About your hen's pooping on the seed hopper, I have said this before, you can get a different food container that has a top on, this way the seed is protected from any poop that may fall. Changing the place of the food container may also be a good idea.
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Hi thanks for that. The problem with the pooping I have discovered is that this hen will hold on to her poop until that seed hopper is available. I took it out for a couple of days and the moment I put it back in she pooped big time and I noticed just before, her egg bum was unusally large and dark. I have filled it with pine shavings now and allowed her to continue to use it. I feel it is better for her to be toileting regularly than saving it up. It seems this hopper provides her with the structure she needs to squat the way she needs to............my guess anyway
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