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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 all,

Later in the year, around August / September, I was hoping to pair up my two male budiges with females and produce some clutches.

I was doing a bit of research and I read that it's not as simple as giving them a female and they'll instantly pair. I was concerned by this because I don't want to be continually buying females until they find one that they like.

So my main question - how difficult is it to pair a male and female?


Ace is quite passive, but continually seeks attention from Houdini, who is rather pushy (although he's never physically harmed him). I doubt I'll have trouble pairing Ace with a female, but I'm worried Houdini will be more difficult.

Although Ace appears to get on Houdinis nerves, he does get really depressed if he's alone, so I either pair both or neither.

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Hi there,

By looking at your older thread, you mentioned Houdini was a rescued stray you found and by the time you got him, he looked like an adult.
Since you don't know the approximate age of Houdini, it's best to not include him on your future breeding endeavours as he may be too old for the task.

If this is your first time breeding pet birds (budgies in this case), then it's best to just start with one couple and really make sure you are fully prepared for the responsibility and commitment, in order to minimize or completely avoid unnecessary heartache.
The way a couple will "click" will depend on their personalities and compatibility. Just because you are thinking of getting two females, it doesn't mean that you have to breed them. Mix-gendered couples can still be friends and share a cage without thinking of raising a family and this is especially true if the right measures are taken to avoid breeding behaviour that can lead to egg laying.

There is a lot to consider before going through the breeding route.
You will find all the detailed information on the subject by checking the stickies.

Also take a look at this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html
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I am glad you are not planning to rush into breeding, giving you a lot of time to get lots and lots of knowledge beforehand on how important it is to breed budgies.
Have you considered what you will be doing with the baby budgies?

Here are a few links to look over for now.

A heartfelt plea to forum members new and old

Are you ready to breed budgies

A Budgie breeding diet

As for pairing budgies, it can be very challenging. I do not breed budgies, but I have 8 budgies, 4 males and 4 females. They have managed to settle into comfortable pairs. I had two males together before I got any females and they got on incredibly well, snuggled together at night and were very close. Once the girls came along, it changed straight away.

Jay, is incredibly hormonal and can now only come out with his cage mate, Sage. The pair have never mated and when he has out of cage time, I cover up my other cages as he will otherwise constantly bother the females and aggravate the males. The pair get on very well themselves, and even though they have nothing that should make them want to settle down and nest, they have not got that instinct with them anyway.

It also concerns me that you mentioned 'continually buying females'. What would you be doing with these females that did not bond with the mate.

I think you need to seriously consider the full implications of breeding budgies and what this might do to your current budgies. I feel like the boys seem to get along quite well and adding females might not help.
Plus, ideally, you would be housing these birds in a new cage for quarantine and when if they do bond, you would want to split the pairs into their own cages.

I'm sure some other members will have some advice for you too.
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Hi there!

I agree with all the advice offered. I'm glad you're prepared to do lots and lots of research, because there is lots to consider before breeding.

Any new budgie you get must be quarantined for at least 40 days to prevent the possibility of communicable illnesses from being spread to Ace and Houdini. She would need at least 6 months to establish a good bond with Ace, provided they are compatible, and you may have to consider getting a little male friend for Houdini to be caged separately with.

As mentioned, be sure to read through all the links in the "Budgie Breeding" section to ensure you're doing all you can to raise a healthy, happy clutch if and when you decide to breed
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You've received excellent advice so far.
The most important thing is that you take the time to do extensive research before deciding to make the commitment necessary to accept the responsibility of breeding.

It's best to first have a strong basic knowledge of the species and their care.
You can then build on that knowledge through your research regarding the best practices for breeding.

If you can, try to find a reputable and ethical breeder in your area to serve as mentor to you.
Having a knowledgeable and experienced individual to guide you through the process is invaluable.
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Thank you so much for the advice, it's much appreciated!

I was initially interested in breeding because my parents used to breed cats, and because I've grown up with my birds I thought it could be a very interesting venture. Although I wouldn't do it unless I knew that I was doing 100% right by the birds and that they were all happy and healthy, otherwise it wouldn't be worth it.

I was planning on hand raise the babies and selling them independently (not through a pet shop or anything). I've queried with a few friends and I've got a bit of interest.

In terms of "continually buying females" I would never continually buy and re-sell just because they didn't get along. If the first females I bought weren't compatible mates I would make them part of the family and consider breeding again when I had a bigger space.

We took Houdini to an avian vet not long after we got him and he took an educated guess that he was less than a year old, and this was confirmed by his previous owner who had only had him for a few months and purchased him as a baby.
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If you do decide to try breeding, please consider "co-parenting" rather than "hand-feeding".

Co-parenting allows the babies to be parent-raised and hand socialized which is truly best for the babies.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

Best wishes!
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