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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 12-04-2016, 11:51 PM
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My budgies double clutched on me, and after having both checked by a vet to ensure they were in good enough condition to continue, I decided to let them go ahead.

However, I need to know exactly when to remove the mum to avoid this happening again. I have read a lot of literature that mention weaning age, and some mention this as 3 weeks old, but she was already mating again at when the oldest was 3 weeks. So when is the safest time to remove her without jeopardizing the health of the chicks?

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You can remove the hen when the chicks are 3 weeks old.
The father should be able to care for the chicks at that time.
If there are problems, you should always be ready to step in with supplemental hand-feedings.

Since your budgies are on their second clutch, it is especially important to ensure they are getting plenty of calcium and a good healthy diet.

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You can remove the hen when the chicks are 3 weeks old.
The father should be able to care for the chicks at that time.
If there are problems, you should always be ready to step in with supplemental hand-feedings.

Since your budgies are on their second clutch, it is especially important to ensure they are getting plenty of calcium and a good healthy diet.

Best wishes!!

Do you mean when the oldest chick is 3 weeks? When the youngest chick is 3 weeks?
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When the oldest is 3 or even better 3 and a half weeks old as this is closest to weaning age.
Even if there is one sporadic mating when the chicks are still very young this will not be consistent enough to trigger a double clutch.
This will only happen once the mother truly starts to spend less time on the nest. This is quite easy to tell and then you will know exactly when the right time is to move her.

You should also be aware that she has raised a clutch of 5 chicks and it's natural if she shows signs of being tired. You may need to step in early on if the mother budgie is feeling overwhelmed and the chicks aren't being well cared for.

Hopefully all will go well, best of luck with this second round!
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Do you mean when the oldest chick is 3 weeks? When the youngest chick is 3 weeks?
Sorry for being unclear. Happily, aluz kindly clarified the information I was trying to provide.
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