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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 06-24-2016, 07:30 PM
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Long story short, I intended to breed Lasso and Yazzi a couple years ago. I did extensive research, took many notes, and began buying supplies. Then my husband and I decided to add to our human family instead, so I put it off and after the new baby it just wasn't the right time.

After Lasso died I weighed the pros and cons and brought Piccolo into the family, not to breed, but to keep Yazzi company since she had never been a single budgie. They became the best of pals and it was ultimately a really good decision.

Fast forward to now and I have the time and means to attempt to breed. More importantly, Yazzi and Piccolo are very healthy, very active, and have super traits that I would love to pass on if and only if they are willing. Piccolo is extremely active and very playful and Yazzi has always been a spunky budgie and is always the first to try out the new toy/food/whatever.

For her safety, this will be the first and only chance for Yazzi this summer as she will be four at the end of this year. I'd rather have Yazzi safe and healthy and will not push the breeding if nature doesn't allow.

I have begun conditioning and all that that entails. It's a little weird because up to this point all I have done is discourage breeding. They have been out of condition for a while now and are just finishing up a small molt. They have a couple pinnies left. Based on the research I have done this is the optimal time to begin conditioning and preparing them for breeding condition.

I introduced brown rice for the first time a few days ago and today Yazzi gobbled it up. Piccolo soon followed suit. Neither one usually eats anything but greens and seed so this was quite the surprise! They are on probiotics and calcium in addition to fresh green veggies and their exisiting vitamins. They still won't touch carrots because they're orange. They're still suspicious of the egg food because it's yellow, but if I mix enough greens they'll peck at it. I'm hoping they take to it like they did the rice, though. It is essential to strong eggs and Yazzi's health during breeding and if they don't eat it willingly I won't have them breed.

I have a notebook filled with notes about budgie breeding that I have gathered over the years and I have another notebook I am using as a pre-breeding journal to document everything I do. If things go well it will then be used as a breeding journal.

I will be monitoring them closely. If at any time I feel doubtful of their ability I plan to stop immediately, but I feel extremely well-prepared and I know my budgies are very healthy.

I'm so excited!

And here are the promised pics.

Yazzi and Piccolo settling down for the night
The picture came out blurry so I used Photoshop to make it more artsy. haha


The Lovely Budgies


I plan on keeping every last baby budgie. I have a brand new large flight cage on order to make sure everybudgie has room. And if the babies don't happen then Piccolo and Yazzi are getting a first-class upgrade anyway!


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What gorgeous birds you have! Love the mutations. The yellow/blue recessive pied is one of my all time favorite colors. My experience with bird keeping doesn't include breeding, but I'm sure others will come along to reply to your details about breeding. It's good that you've done extensive homework though!
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Tiffanie, how exciting for you this must be!

You are an example of someone who truly knows how and what to research before considering breeding, and that is wonderful. I know that under your attentive care, Yazzi and Piccolo will be great and healthy parents, if they would like to be

You've taken some great steps and I can't wait to hear what happens!
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Tiffanie,

I am thrilled that you have done such extensive research and are doing everything to ensure Yazzi and Piccolo's well-being!

They are a beautiful pair of budgies and from your description of their personalities, any offspring they may have will be utterly delightful.
I'm very excited you will also be keeping any chicks they may have.

Sending many positive thoughts in hopes this thread will become a breeding journal in the not-too-distant future.

Best wishes!
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Your birds are stunning! And they sound so lovely! I seriously cannot wait to see the continued progress of this. And their potential babies.
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They're beautiful!!! Their babies are going to be gorgeous!
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Piccolo is becoming a charmer. He is singing more and trying for Yazzi's attention. He was banging his beak on the perch yesterday and doing some head bobbing. He got up close with Yazzi beak-to-beak eye-to-eye and sung. He looked so cute with his head and throat feathers puffed out. He attempted to feed her three times that I saw. The first two were total flops as she didn't care for it, but the third time was pretty close! They put their opened beaks together at the right angle, but did not lock them and no feeding occurred. He follows her everywhere. Not sure if my eyes are playing tricks on me, but his cere almost looks to be turning a darker pinkish purple color than before.

Yazzi is still independent Yazzi, sometimes pushing him away and sometimes it's like she is leading him on. Silly girl. I got her a bird Kabob (she loves those) to allow her to chew her heart out. She is destroying it! She also tears at the newspaper at the bottom back of the cage, but she has always done that. I've also been misting them throughout the day and playing budgie sounds.

They sleep next to each other every night now, which before I started the conditioning wasn't happening. I'm hopeful, but also not trying to get my hopes up too much. Nature has a funny way of working itself it out.

Here is Yazzi going at it. The photo is crummy from the poor lighting and phone camera, but I didn't want to disturb her.



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Aww Tiffanie.....if Nature is as kind as she's meant to be then you will indeed be blessed with gorgeous little babies. You really do deserve them after all your diligence. And what beautiful parents
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Awww, thanks! It means a ton!!
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I am keeping my fingers well and truly for you, Yazzi and Piccolo
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