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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 07-18-2016, 01:01 PM
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Hi, everyone! It's been a long time since I've posted on the forums. I've been away, for personal reasons, but now I hope to be active once again.

I moved my bird cages into my bedroom as the rest of the house is being remodeled and everything has been going pretty well.

Except today when I'm in the middle of talking to my mom on the phone and I glance over and see Fred and George getting frisky. George was on top of her and I am horrified. My yelling of profanities startled both my mom and the pair into stopping what they were doing. I think I interrupted them as soon as it started but I am at a loss for what to do.

I don't want babies. I really don't. I am not cut out for this. Should I expect her to be looking to lay eggs? There's not even any nesting places in the cage. I don't even know how they got the urge to reproduce.

The only thing I can think of is that my bedroom is extremely sunny, because it has three windows, and that set the stage for this incident. I also know I haven't been re-arranging the cage as much as I should be because I have been so busy with work.

For now, I have all the boys in one cage and all the girls in the other. Previously, I had George, Fred, Ginny, and Charlie in one cage. With Arthur, Molly, Lily, and Luna in the other.

Where do I go from here?

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Welcome back, Alyssa!

You don't need to worry about potential eggs for now, since this was just one failed mating attempt.

Since you want to keep your budgies from breeding, the best thing to do in this case is to house your budgies by gender and to follow the recommendations on this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

The change in rooms and the fact that your bedroom is very well lit could have very well triggered the breeding mood.
During this time you can also decrease the amount of protein intake.
If your Fred is currently in breeding condition (dark brown cere), then the change of scenery (by moving her to a different cage and room) can make her come out of breeding condition.
Depending on how your flock reacts to the change in the housing situation, you may need to have to move on of the cages to a different room to allow them to settle in and allow the time for their hormones to get under control.

Best of luck with everything!
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Alyssa,

aluz has provided you with excellent advice, and, of course your separating the budgies by gender is an excellent way to prevent breeding.

Do you cover the budgies' cages at night to ensure they are getting a minimum of 12 hours of darkness?
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Welcome back, Alyssa!

You don't need to worry about potential eggs for now, since this was just one failed mating attempt.

Since you want to keep your budgies from breeding, the best thing to do in this case is to house your budgies by gender and to follow the recommendations on this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

The change in rooms and the fact that your bedroom is very well lit could have very well triggered the breeding mood.
During this time you can also decrease the amount of protein intake.
If your Fred is currently in breeding condition (dark brown cere), then the change of scenery (by moving her to a different cage and room) can make her come out of breeding condition.
Depending on how your flock reacts to the change in the housing situation, you may need to have to move on of the cages to a different room to allow them to settle in and allow the time for their hormones to get under control.

Best of luck with everything!
Thank you, Aluz! It's good to be back.

My worry is that this isn't the first mating attempt, but I just haven't seen any others because I'm rarely home. I have checked out the link, and I will start working on the proper steps tomorrow. Should I keep them separate by gender on a permanent basis? Or should I just keep this arrangement until their hormones die down?

Fred is in breeding condition, her cere is a very dark brown. Whereas Ginny is just coming out of breeding condition. It's slightly harder to tell with my males, but Arthur and George's ceres look like they're a more vibrant blue.

Everyone seems content with the new cage arrangement. They're still just as vocal as they always are. I hope I don't need to move the cages into separate rooms. I remember going through quarantine and it was not a fun time.

Thank you again for your help!

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Alyssa,

aluz has provided you with excellent advice, and, of course your separating the budgies by gender is an excellent way to prevent breeding.

Do you cover the budgies' cages at night to ensure they are getting a minimum of 12 hours of darkness?
Hi, Deborah!

I'm really hoping that separating the flock by gender prevents Fred from actually laying eggs too.

I do cover the cages at night, however, I don't think that they get 12 hours of darkness. I usually cover them up when I head to bed and since the room is so well-lit, they usually start making all sorts of noise when the sun comes up.

During the winter, I use bed sheets to cover the cages and they end up getting covered on all sides. However, I am cheap and I have yet to invest in a set of sheets that will allow me to cover all of both cages. Right now, I have a sheet that I drape over both and it covers about half of the cage on each side. It's probably not good enough in terms of limiting their daylight hours.
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Even if there were more mating attempts you weren't aware of or even an odd successful mating, this doesn't mean that eggs will follow.
For that to happen, the matings would have to be done in a consistent basis.

Since you aren't home for a good portion of the day, it's best to keep the flock separated by gender and maintain this housing arrangement permanently.
This way you won't have to worry about any potential matings.

If your flock is adjusting well to the new change, then you won't have to keep each cage in a different room. This option was just in case one or more budgies were stressed and agitated by this change.
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Alyssa,

I agree with aluz. I believe keeping your budgies permanently separated by gender is best and will alleviate any worries about unwanted mating.

Best wishes!
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