Budgie BreedingBefore 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.
Recently two of my male budgies have been really vocal. Flirting and singing to potential mates and objects, even my hands sometimes...
I also saw one of my boys trying to step onto a female's back, but was quickly rejected. Therefore I wanted to take this chance to let everyone double check on my babies. It seems to me that my females' ceres are a bit on the crusty side, I don't think they are ready yet? One of them did however flirt with the one of the males though. I am by no means trying to push them to breed, nor have I encouraged it yet.
All my budgies are older than 1 y/o and not 4 y/o yet FYI.
Here are some quick snaps of my babies. Thank you for your time!
Please be sure you are careful to discourage egg laying.
Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
Additionally, it is best to the amount of protein in their diet when they are in condition in order to discourage breeding.
The reason why I am asking this is because I am not necessarily against the idea of breeding but it is nearing December and I am worried about the sudden temperature changes along with the steady decrease of daylight here.
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.
This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.
Have you done extensive research on breeding and do you realize what all is required to ensure the health and well-being of the parents as well as well as any potential chicks?
Do you have individual breeding cages for each pair?
Have you had them on a proper conditioning diet?
If not, I would not recommend you consider breeding at this point in time.
In fact, I would recommend separating the budgies by gender to ensure there is no chance of any unexpected eggs.
The fighting got worse because at this point there is disharmony in the flock caused by the out of control hormones, your budgies are on alert/attack mode and this is quite serious.
For your flock's overall safety and welfare, it's best to separate the victims from the aggressors, even if you have to get a couple of spare cages for this purpose.
Breeding should be the last thing on your mind right now or in the near future.
By your flocks' reaction and aggressive behaviour I doubt they would be good candidates to breed in the future.
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I have been on this forum just long enough to be overwhelmed with the adorableness of the baby budgies, and to see that breeding is not something I want to do. The multitude of issues that can come up, even with people who are experienced is also truly overwhelming.
I also work in rescue and have seen the problems first hand with breeding. Birds who have permanent disabilities because of errors in their care as babies. Females whose health has been ruined by being allowed to breed when they had not been properly conditioned. Not to mention, there are a plethora of budgies needing homes.
Even if you eventually decide to breed, now is clearly not the time. You do not have properly bonded pairs and you are not set up for it. Really, truly, best to follow the directions for "when we do not want eggs" for now, at least. I can tell you care about your birds, because you are here asking questions and reading up on everything. Very experienced owners who did want to breed have concluded, "OK, this is something I do want to do, I think I'm prepared for it, but now is not the time."
I did end up separating the two males budgies into different cages because they would be on alert (not necessarily attack mode, but still some bickering here and there) whenever they heard the females. The fighting is no where as bad as it was when they were in the same cage, with the females.
After a night spent in different parts of the house, they seem calm now.
I proceeded to limit the daylight they were getting to discourage breeding at this point of time. I definitely don't want to have any unexpected eggs and end up having to do something unethical, or that could potentially harm my females' health.
This was actually the first time I had two cocks actively fighting for a hen. Usually I only have one trying to make moves. By the way, both my male budgies were making sounds similar to a pigeon whenever they are flirting and the other guy interrupts. Is that normal?
Something else interesting I have noticed throughout the two years I have had these babies are that both males only seem to go after 1 female, and that female only (the girl with the yellow fur on her head). And even after two years of active flirting, that female just does not want to mate. I have seen multiple instances where the male wanted to mount her but she would aggressively peck them away. Although they do preen and feed each other. I would assume the female lacks calcium (protein), but egg is their all time favorite food. I guess she just isn't made out to reproduce.
Again thanks to everyone that helped me get through this. These adorable little guys definitely can give you a huge headache sometimes.