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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 10-14-2016, 04:10 AM
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Hi. Sorry, but this will be a little long in the explanation before I ask my question. I have 2 birds, Shirley and Bobby. Shirley is the boss in the cage and has always been more than a bit of a bully towards Bobby. A neighbour asked me to look after her male for a short while and Shirley really seemed to like the new guy. Bobby was very much on the outer. I had to go away for 2 nights so I took Bobby with me to visit my grandsons male bird with whom he is great friends, and the two lovebirds left behind seemed to have continued their friendship. On my return I put Bobby in his cage in the fresh air close to the other two. For some reason Shirley almost immediately turned on her new friend and was chasing and attacking him to the extent that I had to remove him from the cage. Bobby went back in. She then turned her affections immediately to Bobby and this has continued for the past 4 days and now they have been mating for at least two days. However, Shirley appears to be showing signs that she is close to laying an egg so she may have mated to her previous friend as well. I'm fairly new at this so I am not too sure how many eggs she can lay from her possible previous mating/s or whether it will just be the one egg and any subsequent eggs will be from mating with Bobby. Any answers from those with more knowledge would be much appreciated. Thanks heaps in advance.

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Old 10-14-2016, 06:07 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

Before taking the breeding route and in order to do so more safely, a person should have a very good grasp of the species (this comes with real life experience in budgie ownership) and to do the required research into the subject.

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 read this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

Given Shirley's temperament, it's not advisable to allow her to proceed with breeding. Budgies that display a more dominant behaviour and consistently bully their mates and get into fights aren't the most suitable ones to breed, because with the hormonal changes, the bad temper can escalate quite badly and the chances for the breeding venture to end in tragedy for the father budgie and any potential chicks are much higher.
The best thing to do given the circumstances (and the fact that you are not fully prepared to raise the chicks in case the parents prove unfit) really is to discourage further breeding behaviour and to take the required steps to get your female budgie out of breeding condition and to break her egg laying cycle.
In order to accomplish this, it's best to move Shirley (and separate her from her mate) into a spare cage and do not give her a nest box, a hiding place nor anything that she can use as a nest.

For the detailed information, follow the recommendations on this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html
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I agree 100% with the advice aluz has provided.
I would like to go a step further however and advise you not to house other budgies in the same cage with yours in the future.
We always advise members to quarantine any new bird coming into their home away from their current birds for a period of 45 days.

Why Quarantine?

Working to break Shirley's breeding cycle, disposing of any eggs she does lay and keeping a very close eye on her for signs of aggression toward Bobby is your best course of action at this time.

If Shirley does become aggressive toward Bobby or begins to bully him regularly, you will need to house the two budgies in separate cages.

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Hello there and to the forums!

Aluz and FaeryBee have both provided excellent advice and resources. Discouraging mating as well as doing all you can to throw Shirley off of the breeding cycle is the best choice for the health and well being of your budgies

I hope everything goes well!

If you have any questions after reading through all the links provided, please do ask as we'd be happy to help.

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