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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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Today my male budgie died, the female is somehow depressed she is very confused she is not sitting on the eggs since the male died but going in and out of box continously, i want to know that will she incubate the eggs or is she able to raise them alone there are three eggs from which two are fertile, please help me what can i do?

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I am sorry to hear your loss

Fostering is the best option

If not available and the female decide to incubate eggfood(24/7) and night bulb should be there for her

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This is indeed a sad and unfortunate situation, how long has she been sitting on the eggs?
Your hen is grieving and confused as to where her mate has gone.
If she does continue sit then she will need a great deal of help later on, as this is when the male takes over the feeding of the chicks, also he is responsible for feeding her as well.
I agree if possible a foster hen would be the best option.
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Welcome to the forums,

I'm very sorry for your male budgie's passing and for the current predicament you are in.
Given the circumstances and the fact that you mention your female is not coping well with the loss of her mate and she has not been properly incubating the eggs, it would be best if you candled these eggs to check for fertility.
If the eggs are fertile and the developing chicks alive despite the mother's erratic ways and if she is showing signs of clutch abandonment, then I agree that it would be best to foster these eggs to another budgie pair(s) that is/are currently going through the same breeding process.

If the eggs are infertile or DIS (chicks dead in shell), then you can discard them and remove the nest box.

If you can't foster the eggs and your female decides to go back to full incubation, then you need to prepare yourself to assist her and the incoming chicks during the entire process and this means getting hand feeding supplies just in case you need to take a more active role in raising the chicks if the mother is too overwhelmed by it.
For easier access, you can place the food/water containers near the nest box's entrance. Later on, placing some spray millet inside the nest box will also be helpful.

I'm wishing for the very best outcome for your female budgie.
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I'm very sorry for the loss of your male budgie and the problems you are now facing.
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Hi there and to the forums,

I'm very sorry to hear about the sad situation with your budgies

You've already been given the best possible advice so I will only add that I hope everything turns out well. If you have any questions after reading through everything, please do ask as we'd love to help.

Please keep us posted with how things go!

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