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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 11-04-2016, 01:49 AM
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Hi everyone, well you guys were right again, Comet turned out to be a female and my old boy "Bird" who's 11 years old has paired up with her. Comet is 10 months old now, is she too young to breed? Don't need a lecture on breeding, have done it in the past and use the awesome advice this site and it's members were able to provide.
My last hen was 3 1/2 when I adopted her (Sezey) but I've had comet from about the 12 week old mark so age difference between the two hens is significant and the age between the males is massive. When PD paired with Sezey she was 3 1/2 and PD was 2 and as I've mention Comet is 10 months and Bird is 11 years old, the two of them are like two teenagers about to have their first kiss, their keen but don't know what to do. I have a beautiful breeding cage set up so from that perspective their set up nicely and ready to go if it happens.

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Even though Comet is capable of breeding at this age, it is advisable that you wait until she is one year or older to breed.
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I won't give a long lecture, for very obvious reasons this is not an ideal pairing.
The bare minimum required age to allow a budgie to breed is 12 months old, it's even better to give hens a few more months after reaching the 12 month mark to be on the safe side.
As for your male, due to the old age the chances of him to be severely depleted from a potential breeding journey are much higher, you run higher risks of him not being able to cope with the demands of raising a family, his immune system will be weakened and he will be more prone to getting sick.
Even for younger male budgies on the prime of their lives, early sudden deaths can occur during breeding and this is something one must take into account.
Not to mention the risks of chicks to be overall weaker from this pairing, that can also happen.

It's not at all advisable nor recommended to allow this specific pair to breed.
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Hi, Cory --

For both of your budgies health and well-being, I strongly suggest you move Comet into a separate cage from Bird at this time to prevent any mating behavior.

If you are unable to do so, then it would be best for you to follow all the steps to discourage egg laying.

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To breed ethically and responsibly, budgies should not be bred before they reach 12-18 months old nor once they are past 4 years old. Neither of your budgies is in the proper age range for breeding.

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