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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 11-26-2016, 02:56 AM
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Hi there

I am going to pick up a pair of budgies on the 11th of December. The lady I am buying them from has told me that they are bonded and ready to mate. I have 8 weeks of holidays starting from the 2nd of December. When I get the budgies I plan to set them up in a new cage with a nest box. I hope for them to breed ASAP as I want to raise the budgies within the 8 weeks I have off school. Do you think this is possible? or unrealistic? This is my first time breeding and I plan to do it as a holiday project.

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Old 11-26-2016, 06:12 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 previous 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

To answer your question, it's not at all advisable nor recommended to place a recently bought pair to breed. It's important to give the budgies the required time for them to settle into their new home and to get used to their new family.
Having a trusting bond with a given pair makes the breeding journey that much easier (when it comes to the daily nest checks) and pleasant for all involved. Another aspect worthy of mention is having the pair on a good conditioning diet prior to setting them up to breed. Poor diet lacking of nutrition and variety will have a negative impact on the breeding pair and on their chicks.

Rushing through breeding is never a good choice nor it is to have unrealistic expectations when having a strict time-line for your budgies to breed and raise their young.

It would be best for you to find another holiday project, breeding any species is a matter of great seriousness and responsibility.
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

You don't indicate in your post if you've ever owned budgies before or what your experience level with them is. (?)

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.

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

Buying a pair of budgies and jumping immediately into breeding them is not at all advisable and certainly not something I would recommend as a holiday project.

aluz has offered you excellent advice and I hope you will seriously reconsider the advisability of your initial plan.

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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to have you here as you couldn't have come to a better place to learn all about these little birds

Although this has already been said in the excellent posts above, I do want to reiterate one thing, not just for you, but for the general forums.

Budgies are not "easy to breed" because they are small and relatively inexpensive, or because people seem to get them for that purpose. Guppies are easy to breed--you put them in a tank and perhaps they will have babies.

On the other hand, budgies, like any other avian species, require a great many things to breed, and a whole lot of research done from their owners. It is not a good idea to try and breed budgies before even knowing the basics of budgie ownership, if that is the case.

If you already have budgie experience, that's great! Perhaps you can consider breeding budgies when you aren't under a time constraint and have plenty of time to devote to learning as much as possible about the species.

Meanwhile, I think it would be great if you were able to interact closely with your new budgies and get to know them during your long break.

Be sure to read through the links reported above! If you have any questions, please be sure to let us know as we'd be happy to help

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