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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 06-08-2016, 07:24 AM
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Question Buying budgie eggs?

Im thinking about letting my couple of budgies breed as they have a really good bond, and I would like see by myself how the eggs hatch and grow.
I wanted to ask a few things that im curious about and would help me a lot:

1. I have a lot of time to care for chicks right now, but I dont know if I will have in the near future. I wanted to know if I can feed the chicks when they are old enough but still babies, as the same time as the female is doing this, meaning that I would let the female feed the babies but I would also do it a couple of times during the day so the chicks get used to human contact. So my question is, can I do this?

2. My female budgies is less bonded with me than my male budgie is, and Its probably because she is older than the male and more territorial, and also I think she gets jealous when Im interacting with my male budgie. Would this affect the relationship between the chicks and the mother if I feed the chicks?

3. As I said, I would love to let my budgies breed, but I can't keep more than 3 budgies right now, so my idea was to keep one baby and sell the other chicks, but you cant always rely on that because not everyone wants a budgie.
So my question is: can you buy fertilised budgie eggs and get the broody hen to take care of them?

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It is illegal in the uk to sell eggs or unweaned animals. The only exception being poultry eggs.

So no you cant buy eggs and unless your hen is already sitting eggs chances are she will destroy them.

You only need to handle the chicks daily from 2 weeks of age to get them used to human contact. No need to try and feed them and if the parents are doing it then no need to interfere.

Again dont feed the chicks if the parents are doing it correctly.

You dont say how old your pair is? Hens should be between 18 months and 3 years to breed. Anything younger and they may be too immature. Any older and you run an increased risk of egg binding and complications that could lead to you loosing then hen and also the chicks.
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

By looking at your other thread, you seem to be very new to budgies and you have just recently gotten your two budgies and it's not at all advisable to jump into breeding so soon.
You also don't seem to possess the required knowledge and real life experience in budgie ownership in order to be fully prepared and ready to help your budgies to raise a clutch.
From the description you have made on the colour of their ceres, they are very likely two males. If you are able to post some photos, we will be able to determine their gender and possibly age too.

The decision to breed comes with a whole lot of responsibility and commitment, the lives of the breeding pair and the chicks are depending on you and the response you give if/when faced with adversity.
Things like being able to tell if your breeding pair is in good health and top physical condition to go through breeding; when a hen is expecting an egg or if she is showing the first signs of being egg bound; when a chick is having developmental problems, not being fed or showing signs of dehydration;
when there is aggression, abandonment and neglect of the chicks and it's solely up to you to feed and raise the chicks. The ability to detect early on and solve these issues can truly make a difference on the outcome of your breeding journey.

Please check this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

To answer your last question, it's not feasible to buy eggs like you have mentioned and to even expect the hen will foster them out of the blue, this is simply not realistic.
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Jenny,

The purpose of this forum is to promote the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.

You've been given excellent information and advice from the two previous posters. Before anyone even considers taking on the commitment and responsibility of breeding budgies, one should have a strong knowledge of basic budgie care, should have experience in owning and observing budgies and their various personalities and then follow that with extensive research regarding the best practices for breeding.

Please read the thread in the link aluz provided as well as the information in these:

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...ng-forums.html

https://talkbudgies.com/news-about-fo...m-members.html
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greetings and welcome aboard.I have read your thread and I also agree with our experienced staff here as well.it takes a great deal of knowledge and experience,dedication to raise budgies.unlike chickens,the bonded budgies needs to be in top healthy condition and atleast a year or more older.

Any number of things could go go wrong and you must be prepared incase the female abandons her eggs,chicks etc.
Not trying to sound harsh,but compassionate plea .

But if you take the time and study,read and get well prepared over a period of time.perhaps one day after having all the necessary things and having the proper knowledge,then you can let them breed.

my best opinion is learn from knowledgeable breeders ,reading ,studying .
you would want healthy and in top condition budgies for breeding to prevent deformed,birds that have French molt and so on.

Blessings and thanks so much for joining us.you came to the right place indeed.
I wish you and your budgies many happy years together.I hope wasn't sounding harsh, I just have greT respect for all and hope I can help in any way.Blessings always
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