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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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Hello everyone this is the first time I am breeding any bird or animal and I have a few questions about my birds
My male is 2 years old his used to me I have had him since he was 15 weeks old.
My female is about one year and a half she can't fly as her wing is damaged how ever she has no trouble getting around the cage or the house.
She seems to get scared of me when I get close to her while she's in the cage but out of the cage she will jump onto my hand so I can take her to the cage.
Anyway recently I decided it was time I breed a pair of birds and I thought these two would be a perfect match I put them into a cage together and put a nesting box as well initially they showed no behaviour of courtships then one day I saw the hen get inside of the nesting box while the male would bite the outside of the box (the entrance and the corners) she wouldn't stay in there for long a few days later she started to stay in there for alot longer than normal I then started seeing the male feed her he will go and eat food then go back to the entrance of the nest where she will pop her head out and he would feed her I hen realised her droppings were alot bigger than normal however she wouldn't touch her cuttlefish bone she will eat alot she will drink she will have her green veggies then run back into the nest it has been like this for about 4-5 days I also looked at her back (the vent) and realised it has gotten bigger than normal it's more exposed which is getting me excited because I have a feeling she may be bearing eggs she's also aggressive when she's in the box anything that comes close to the entrance she will attack.
What I want to know is, is she truly pregnant or does she only see the nesting box a safe area and she's not pregnant at all?.
Another side note since she can't fly she dropped today and hurt her self but now she's fine walking around eating and running back to the nesting box so is she fine and hopefully the egg is still intact right ?


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Old 06-24-2016, 11:34 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

In order to breed responsibly and be fully prepared for the journey and everything that it entails, a person should have a very good grasp of the species and in this specific case a decent amount of real life experience in budgie ownership, this coupled with the necessary research into the subject will raise the chances of success.

The decision to breed comes with a whole lot of responsibility and commitment, the lives of the breeding pair(s) 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

Now onto your queries, from your description it does seem that your budgie is carrying eggs. If during the fall your hen has hit the vent area then it's possible she may have seriously hurt herself and if the currently formed egg has broken inside of her, then her life is truly at risk and she would need emergency medical attention.

How is she coping now? Does she seem to be in pain or distress?
Do you know the signs of an egg bound hen?
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No I don't know what to look out for if she's going through egg binding other than if she seems tense or weak for a few hours while trying to pass the egg.
She seems fine her mood has not changed she's still the same old her she didn't land on her vent but her wing.
Right now she climbed out of her nest and is eating some veggies.
If the egg has been broken what signs are there for me to spot this ?
And how long would you say there is until she lays the first egg ?

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No I don't know what to look out for if she's going through egg binding other than if she seems tense or weak for a few hours while trying to pass the egg.
She seems fine her mood has not changed she's still the same old her she didn't land on her vent but her wing.
Right now she climbed out of her nest and is eating some veggies.
If the egg has been broken what signs are there for me to spot this ?
And how long would you say there is until she lays the first egg ?
This is exactly why before subjecting a pair to breed that a person must be able to tell when a budgie is in perfect condition and at peak health to go through with the task and to know when a budgie is showing signs of being ill.

From your description and if your female has been struggling for a while and feeling weak while trying to push the egg, this makes me believe that she is likely egg bound and if so, she needs to be seen by an avian vet specialist right away.
This is especially true, since she had a crash landing while trying to fly and the egg could have broken in the process.
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no, i didnt say she has been weak and struggling i meant that i know that those symptoms are directly linked to egg binding and thats exactly what i am looking out for i know both my budgies are healthy and since the crash landing the hen seems to come out of the nest more to eat her veggies should i be worried about this.
other than eating more shes completely normal.
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Thank you for clarifying.
It's perfectly normal for her to be eating veggies and other foods as well.
The crash landing could have stressed her out and that's why she hasn't returned to the nest box yet. Once she gets more settled and calm, she will return to the nest.

You can tell when she is about to lay by looking at the swelling at the vent area (but this takes a more experienced eye, to see the different growth stages and to identify a potential problem). You have mentioned the poops which have grown a lot in size, this further proves that she is about to lay.
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at the moment the hen is sticking her head out the nest while the male and her lock beaks
he is preening her now. she is active so im sure she is fine but im not an expert in budgie behavior especially when they are pregnant.

okay thank you for helping me i just got a little worried because its the first time im breeding a pair and is it okay if i reply to you again on this thread if her condition's change ?

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You're very welcome. I'm glad she seems fine to you from the behaviour she has been exhibiting.

Yes, you are free to update on your budgie couple on this thread.

Also in order to be more prepared for the breeding journey, be sure to check the stickies here at the Breeding section.
You can start by reading the info on these links:
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ding-diet.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...treatment.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...revention.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

Anyone who decides to breed their budgies should do extensive research prior to ensure they are knowledgable and well-prepared should an unforeseen event occur.

Please carefully review all of the information in these threads in addition to the ones aluz has already provided for you:

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-dangers.html

Are You Ready to Breed Your Budgies

What is Breeding Condition

Are Your Budgie's Eggs Fertile

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...gs-safely.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ox-safely.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-what-do.html

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When We Don't Want Eggs


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Hello there and to Talk Budgies!

You've been given the very best resources and advice by our two staff members

The links provided will be of great help to you if you intend to proceed with this breeding venture, and it will be of great help to read them! If you have any questions afterwards, please don't hesitate to ask, as we are here to help

I hope that everything goes well with your pair and I'm very glad the female is just fine. It's good to hear they're eating veggies, too!

Keep us posted, and best wishes!
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