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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 have a hen who started laying eggs a week ago, and now has 3. She is incubating them properly and spending a lot of time in her nest box. However, when I candled the eggs, I did not see any sign of a fertile one, and I would think the first one (now 7 days old) would be noticeable? If the first one is not fertile, does that mean the rest will not be, or is it possible to have a fertile clutch with a couple that aren't fertile?

If they end up being all not fertile, when is the best time to remove them?

These pics are horrible, and this is my first time breeding, but I would think they would show some veining by now, correct?

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These are the parents
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The light is so bright that I'm unable to properly see the eggs.
Just because the first couple eggs aren't showing signs of fertility, it doesn't mean that they will all be infertile.

If there have been multiple successful matings between your budgies, then you will have good chances of having fertile eggs.

If the eggs are all infertile, you can discard them when they first start showing signs of going bad (colour on the egg shell will change to a greyish tinge).
If the female gives up on the eggs sooner, you can also take the opportunity to remove the eggs.

Depending on how large the clutch is, you may need to give your budgies a rest and remove the nest box/discourage further breeding for the overall welfare of your pair (especially the female).

Be sure to read all the pertinent information on this subject by checking the the stickies at the top of the main page of the Budgie Breeding section.
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I think maybe the light I was using was just off. To me, the first egg now looks fertile (I see red veins) and the other two have a deeper yellow spot. Do you agree?
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Since this is your first time breeding, do you have an Avian Vet lined up nearby in case you need help? If not, I would make that a priority.

Is there a budgie breeder near you that can help to mentor you through the entire process?

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.

I would suggest reviewing the information in the following threads as well:

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

Planned Co-Parenting in Raising Tame Chicks

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

Are You Ready to Breed Your Budgies

What is Breeding Condition

Are Your Budgie's Eggs Fertile

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...gs-safely.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...treatment.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ox-safely.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-what-do.html

Budgie Hand Feeding and Weaning Guide

Decisions About Breeding Related Birds

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ding-diet.html

Budgie Breeding - Must Read Useful Threads

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...revention.html

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Hi Faerybee! I have reviewed all the sticky topics, as well as checking out many other sites and purchasing a couple of books Both male and female were checked by an avian vet before breeding them, and the female went back as I thought she may be egg bound, but I was told it just takes them a little longer with their first egg!

They are both in great condition, have diets that include fruits/veggies and egg food, as well as a vitamin supplement and a calcium supplement. They used to be a colony, but when I decided to breed I split all my cages (double critter nations) back into 4 and have them all separated now. I have an extra travelling cage as well as one more large cage if needed.

Having said that, all the knowledge in the world does not always replace experience, and I am a little nervous. I love my birds and want to make sure that I'm doing the right thing by them! The one thing I have not been able to find nearby is another breeder I hope that those with breeding experience won't mind my second guessing myself and asking for assistance!
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Thanks for letting us know your background -- it's very reassuring to know you've done the necessary research.
It sounds as though you are as prepared as possible at this point.

I am sorry you don't have a breeding mentor and we'll do all we can to help you as you go through the breeding journey.

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I'm glad to hear you've been doing such good research! This is very exciting and I wish you the best on this budgie breeding journey Please be sure to keep us posted on the eggs and chicks (when they come!)

You can start a Breeding Journal, if you'd like, to keep all the info in one place
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Houdini now has 6 eggs. Her first one was laid on October 1st, her 6th one on October 14th. Can someone please confirm that this is ok? Everything I've read states that she should have had one every other day, so her spacing is a little off, but not too far. Do I need to be concerned about the size of her clutch? I know 4-6 is normal, just concerned about what happens if she keeps going!!
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It's true that the norm is one egg every other day, but sometimes a hen can take one or even two extra days to lay a given egg from a clutch, this is no cause for worry.
Was it only the last egg that was a bit off in terms of the normal schedule or did the delay start sooner?

If she ends up with a larger 6+ eggs and all hatch, then you will have to pay extra attention to your pair and the chicks give the required assistance if the parents get overwhelmed and are unable to tend to the whole clutch.
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The delay started sooner; I would say that she's been consistent in that the majority of the eggs have taken 2.5 - 3 days to appear?

I have been giving her a calcium supplement orally twice a day, mixed with water as per vet's instructions, so I'm fairly confident that that is not the issue and she's in good shape.
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