Budgie BreedingBefore 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.
Though I wont be breeding budgies for many months I am sure, since I still need a couple hens and they must bond and be of age, I'm trying to get research done now so that I know, mostly, what to expect.
I looked on the internet and through these forums but I could not find an exact answer for my question.
I know that budgie eggs hatch between 17 and 21 days depending on temperature, but how far past 21 days would the eggs be considered likely infertile, and can therefore be discarded? A greyish tinge is a sign of decay I know, but what if the egg is still white and much past the expected due date? I just wanted to know about when one should remove a suspected infertile egg.
After 25 days of full incubation (on the last egg laid), it's more than safe to discard the eggs. If any given egg shows signs of decay before, then it can and should be discarded sooner.
Eggs can also be removed much sooner if after having been candled they show no signs of fertility.
Also if or when the hen ends up by giving up on the eggs sooner due to them being infertile, you can also remove them then.
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