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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 10-16-2016, 03:54 PM
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Default Mother budgie looking disheveled, any suggestions?

I just recently joined this forum and I'm hoping to get a little help from you guys.

I am not new to budgies by any means, but I am new to breeding them. I have my first breeding pair set up right now and they have 3 babies (so far). The oldest was hatched on October 8th.

The babies seem to be doing great, all are being fed and are growing. But the momma budgie seems to be a little disheveled. She pulled quite a few feathers out to line the nest box, so she's a little scruffy, and I've noticed that her keel bone is a little more pronounced than usual.

I had both parents in great condition before breeding. They have been fed a mixture of dry seed mix, sprouted seeds, veggies and fruit, spray millet, store bought egg food, home made egg food, vitamin supplements, cuttlefish bone, dried crushed egg shell. The male is looking great. He seems to be feeding momma bird well. He is always eager to gobble up the fresh foods I give him twice a day. I have also been putting a spray of millet in the nest box with momma, as she really doesn't come out to eat on her own much now.

I'm not sure if I should be worried about momma budgie. This is their first clutch, so I'm not sure if I'm just paranoid or if some weight loss in hens is normal. She seems okay otherwise, and the babies seem to be doing great.

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Especially in larger clutches a little weight loss can be noticeable even in both parents, this is why it's important to replenish food multiple times per day according to the breeding pair's and growing chicks' needs.
As the chicks grow, they will also be needing more food to fill their crops and this will also need to be adjusted so that the whole family is well fed.

As to the dishevelled feathers, later on once the hen starts to spend more time out of the nest, she will be able to better preen her feathers neatly back into place.

Since this is your first time breeding and if you haven't done so already, be sure to check the information on the stickies at the top of this section's main page. This link may also be of use: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

Best of luck with the little budgie family!
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aluz has given you excellent advice.

Best wishes with the clutch.

We'll look forward to seeing pictures of the parents and babies when the babies are a little older.
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The problem with your mother bird will straighten out in time. She needs your patience now. Birds most all become their old self after a short time of giving birth to baby birds.
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Aluz - Thank you for that link. I've read up on most of the threads about breeding but new information is always welcome.

I currently have at all times in the cage 3 seed cups, 1 dish of dry egg food, spray millet, and cuttlefish bone. I also offer twice a day fresh fruit and veggies (with Prime multi vitamin powder on top), and home made egg food. I also offer 3 times a week sprouted seeds in a small dish. Is there anything else I can offer them to make sure they are getting all they need?

I will keep a close eye on the little family and hopefully all goes well.
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Jason, I look forward to hearing all about your little family! It sounds like you're doing well in keeping them well nourished for their parenting journey Sprouted seeds are okay to offer a little more often, if you'd like, but they're definitely getting all the nutrients they need right now.
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Default Hen won't keep nesting material in box

So Dutchess, my mother budgie, will not leave any type of nesting material in the nest box and I am supper paranoid about the babies developing splayed legs from not having any cushion under them.

I have been trying to use shredded aspen shavings, but she will immediately start removing every last piece no matter how much or little I put in the next box. I have read that most hens, even if they removed shavings while laying, will usually leave it alone once the babies have hatched. But she is relentless. I have been watching the babies closely and as far as I can see their legs are fine right now. The box is always dry and very clean. But she just won't leave the wood shavings in. Is there anything else I can do to make sure the babies legs will be okay?
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As long as the nestbox has a concave bottom and a rough surface, the chicks should be OK.
The fact that you are keeping the nextbox dry and very clean tells me you are on top of any problem that may arise.

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Thanks for the reassurance I have been cleaning the nest box every couple days, and I check each baby over every day. Momma bird seems to be doing a good job at keeping the babies clean. I have not seen any poo build up on their feet or legs yet. As they grow, how can I make sure the box stays dry and clean without bedding?
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I have used rolled oats in the past for beading, apply it thin to see how ocd your hen is. If she leaves it alone I'd add more. Maybe a quarter to a half inch. I also have several concaves spare so I can pull a dirty one and replace it as needed.
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