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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 12-03-2016, 04:15 PM
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Hi everyone! I wanted to share a few photos of my three beautiful chicks, and ask a few questions. My "twins", born on the same day, exactly 5 weeks ago, were almost indistinguishable until all their feathers opened. Twin #1 has a few blue stripes on its neck, whereas twin #2 is mainly unmarked. They both have a blue patch between the wings, and a yellow wash over their bodies. The third chick, 4 weeks old tomorrow, looks quite different from the siblings and the parents, and seems like it will be grey and blue with a yellow face.

My first question is whether anyone tell what the sexes are yet, and what the mutations might be. When I posted pictures of the parents last year, it was suggested that the father was a sky blue dominant pied greywing, and the mother was a sky blue dominant pied yellowface II, opaline greywing.

Me second question is whether I should be worried about mama having another clutch right away. I've seen the pair mating again, and suddenly mama has been spending a LOT of time alone in the nestbox, even though the chicks are out exploring the cage. She was pushing the nesting material around over the past few days. I'd rather not have another clutch right away, for her health and safety, but I wonder if it's too late at this point. I didn't want to remove the nestbox and the chicks sleep inside at night and go back for security several times during the day. Also, the youngest is only just turning 4 weeks old. Can you let me know if it's too early to remove the nestbox, and if it's too late to avoid another clutch, given that mama has been sitting in the box for the past 2 days?

A final, and related question is when should I separate the chicks from their mother? Can i put the mother back in the larger cage with the other adults and leave the dad and chicks together at this point? How old should the chicks be before I can move them into their own cage?

Thanks!!!

Edit: picture 1: twin #2; picture 2: twin #1; picture 3: twins together; pictures 4-5: 3rd chick (sorry for them being upside down!--I don't know why this happens)
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In order to avoid a second clutch and to prevent the mother from starting to be mean towards the chicks, it's best to place her on a separate cage with no nesting areas or hiding spots.
This could have been done much sooner, as soon as the chicks start the weaning process.

It's not too late for you to act and avoid a second clutch, you can separate the mother budgie now and even if she happens to lay one egg, you can simply discard it. This change will put a halt to the egg laying cycle and can even make your budgie go out of breeding condition.
You will only remove the nest box once all of the the chicks no longer look for it for comfort and start sleeping outside of the nest for the night.

As for your chicks, from the pics the twins are boys and your youngest looks like a girl to me. The twins are sky blue yellow face type II double factor dominant pied greywing budgies. There is very likely more going on regarding their mutations, but that's all I can tell from these pics.
Your youngest is a sky blue yellow face type II greywing budgie.
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Thanks Aluz! I removed the mom. And placed her back with the other adult budgies. It was a bit of a frenzy as they were all curious about her return. The female in that cage has been chasing her around around since her return--they never got along right from the beginning. The dad has been calling for her since I removed her. I feel terrible "breaking up" a family and separating the mom from her mate and chicks, but I guess that's best for everyone? I just imagine she'll be devastated and/or stressed at the change.
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The chicks are absolutely beautiful!

I agree with aluz. The chicks' mother should be removed from the cage right away leaving the Dad in with the chicks so he can finish socializing them.

If the other female in the cage you moved the Mom back to is continually chasing the Mother, then you'd be better off to put her in a cage by herself and put that cage in a different room from where the Dad and chicks' cage is being kept.
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The mother will not suffer from this change or become depressed, she will quickly adjust to this. Do you have another spare cage? Constant chasing and bullying is something that should be avoided because the chances for vicious fighting are higher. You can place the mother budgie on a cage by herself and have her cage close to the one where the rest of your flock is (not her family).
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Thanks FaeryBee! I have an extra cage just in case, so I'll keep an eye on them this evening to see how everyone adjusts. I'm happy to move Lemon (the mom) to her own cage if need be. Butter, one of the bachelors, was her man-in-waiting before she bonded with Chip, and he's taken a keen interest in her since her return. It feels like an episode of Jerry Springer in there
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Thanks FaeryBee! I have an extra cage just in case, so I'll keep an eye on them this evening to see how everyone adjusts. I'm happy to move Lemon (the mom) to her own cage if need be. Butter, one of the bachelors, was her man-in-waiting before she bonded with Chip, and he's taken a keen interest in her since her return. It feels like an episode of Jerry Springer in there
If Butter is in condition, you'll definitely want to move Lemon to a cage on her own. You certainly won't want Lemon and Butter mating at this time.
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Your baby chicks are adorable!
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What beautiful chicks!

They are absolutely beautiful, congratulations! I agree with all advice given
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