Budgie BreedingBefore 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.
When is the best time to move them? I have a pair with a double clutch, and the hen has now laid 9 eggs! I have another pair who has just laid their first, and I'm wondering if it may be possible to move some of the eggs so the first hen doesn't get too tired out. The eggs in question were laid recently and are at the same stage as the second hen's egg. Will the firsr hen notice? Will she keep laying, thinking she should have this many eggs? What are the possibilities that the second hen will notice the eggs aren't hers and damage them?
Also, if I do foster them, is there a way to "mark" a chick (we don't use rings here) for identification purposes? I should be able to tell which would be hers, as neither of the second pair have a yellowface/goldenface gene, but I would like to be sure!
Last edited by Budgielovinpixi; 12-12-2016 at 05:46 AM.
Budgies lay a set number of eggs, if you are to foster some eggs into your other pair, that will not make the hen's laying cycle stop.
While there are better chances for the hen to accept a couple of extra eggs, there is always some risk involved in the procedure.
This is especially true to a first time breeder pair that you don't yet know how well they will go through with the task.
It was a little touch and go last night; I put a liner and bedding in Twilight's nestbox and added the additional eggs after gently rubbing them with her feathers and bedding that was already in the box. She buried her eggs and then sat on the new 3, for some reason, and then left the nestbox for a few hours. I added hers back to the pile, and after me worrying all day while I was at work, I came home to find her sitting on all 5 just fine! So I think she has accepted them.
And just in time too, because 3 of Houdini's 9 eggs all hatched this morning, so she's going to be a busy little hen!