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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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I am a first-time breeder. I have four budgies (2 Male 2 Female)that have always shared a cage. For the first time, the less dominant hen started laying eggs. The other female is more dominant and was taking over the nesting box and I believe she cracked and ate the first egg that was laid .

The laying hen didn't have control over nesting. I purchased another cage and put the two non-parent budgies in it so the parents could be left to take care of their eggs. This is approximately the 5th day of the laying process. As of yesterday, there were two more eggs in the nesting box. She won't come out of the nesting box today yet, so I'm not sure if she had any more, but she definitely has control over everything now. She rarely comes out of the box and when she does, she eats quickly and goes right back in it to be with the eggs. The male budgie sits patiently waiting for her to come out. The two buddies that are in the new cage are 3 feet away and seem to miss being in their cage with their friends, the parents. When will it be safe to put them back in the colony cage ? Will it ever be safe again? I feel bad for them being split up like this. Any educated advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks?

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Colony breeding is never recommended by this forum due to the inherent risks.

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

Once the chicks reach 3 1/2 weeks old, you can remove the mother into a cage of her own and the father will finish caring for the chicks during the weaning process.

Since this is the first time you've been involved in breeding budgies, I strongly recommend you take the time to do as much research as possible.
One should have a strong basic knowledge of budgies and their care followed by extensive research into the best practices for breeding before making the commitment to assume the responsibility of breeding.

I would put the cage with the non-breeding pair of budgies into a different room at this time.


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Hi LonnieSue and to the forums!

I agree completely with FaeryBee. It is not in the "best practices" of budgie care to do colony breeding for the reasons you've already seen, so I'm glad that you've separated the parents from the other pair

After the breeding cycle is over and all the chicks are out of the nest, you can put the four budgies back in the same room for a few days and then together in the same cage again, provided that care is taken not to allow any incentive to breed to prevent the same type of nest aggression the other female exhibited.

It is also a good idea to put the non-breeding pair in another room as FaeryBee suggested, that way the parents can focus all their attention on their growing family

Please be sure to read through all the links provided, and if you have any questions afterwards, don't hesitate to ask as we'd love to help!

Best of luck, please keep us posted on how things go!
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