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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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So I'm very new here, so go easy on me

In the next year or two I am putting serious thought into becoming a hobby American parakeet breeder. I love the little guys and feel it is such a shame that more breeders don't tame and sell these lovely little birds. Before I dive in, rest assured I will research this inside and out for a whole year + before embarking on this journey. In the meantime I am trying to find some females from good breeders, tame them and make sure they have good personalities and are eating very healthy and I know this can take much time.


Before I even begin though I have a few questions I didn't see any answers to.



I currently have a 2 year old boy whom I love. He is tame, affectionate, speaks a little. Great little guy. I recently got him a friend- a boy. He's 4 months old currently and still un-tame but making progress.



Once quarantine has passed I will see how they like each other.



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I'd like to create some breeding pairs. Maybe have just 2 or three pairs. BUT my first priority is not only maintaining my bond with our first 2 year old boy but also taming them all so they are not just for breeding but part of our family. If we get two females, can I house them together and the two boys together separately?
Then, a couple times a year bring the males and females together for the purpose of mating? Outside of this interaction the males and females would have play time together daily outside the cages.

Of course I would first vet that they like each other, having neutral territory and providing separate nesting box cage as to not just insert a female into the males cage or vise versa. Besides these details which I plan to extensively look into, logistically can I house males and females separately and then try a male and female together in a cage for a month or so out of the year and see if they'd like to mate?

I know they may not take to each other. But what I'm asking is, do breeders ever do this? Only bring them together when mating? I'm a total newbie here learning the ropes
Is it ok to separate them again back into male and female cages once they are finished raising babies? Or will they be devestated?


Thanks so much!



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Old 12-14-2016, 04:43 PM
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Yes, it is quite acceptable to separate your budgies by gender and then pair them up in breeding cages when the appropriate time comes.
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Thanks. That is good to know.

Since that pair had a bond enough to have babies, do they miss each other? Or are they fine to be apart again back in their respective cages?
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From my own experience as an owner, not a breeder, it depends on how well the budgies bond during their time together.
I had a pair that bonded very strongly and sadly the female died and the male was really affected for a while by this loss. They had been together for about nine months.
Another pair, who were not bonded as closely, the male died and the female was fine- like she didn't really notice the loss at all, but they always got on well, and he fed her.

I think until the birds get together, you won't know, but I think they will be fine being split up again.
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The breeder from whom I purchased my budgies keeps her females and males separated by gender only pairing them up during the breeding season.

The next season she may choose to mate those same two birds with other birds. The birds have their cage mates for company and are just fine.

Review Cute Little Birdies Aviary - Welcome website and you'll find it to be an excellent resource.
She also has an e-book you can purchase.
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Thanks for all your answers everyone.

Currently with my two boys, if I add a female and keep her in her own seperate cage, will they be able to play with her outside of the cage all together? Or would fights ensue over her?

Just curious as to whether fighting happens for a female outside of the cage as well as in, and if it does, can I bring them out to play with her just one on one then?

For example, in morning Tiki can play with her, in the afternoon Tundra?

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A lot of breeders will do this It's best practice so that you don't have any unplanned clutches, or unwanted bonding between birds.

I also keep my males and females separated and only pair them up when they are in breeding condition.

I also only let my them out of the cage for free time, by gender. Mostly because this just makes it easier on me, so that when they are ready to go back to their cage, they can only go into the one that's left open. (So I'm not fishing out a male from the female cage, stressing them all out)
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That's great to know. I'll just have my two boys then play and keep the female alone...unless I wanna add yet another girl down the road. These little guys are so darn addicting!

Thanks so much for all your helpful info over the past few weeks
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Hello, interesting questions

Just keep in mind as soon as you introduce boys to girls and vesa versa, unfortunately your personal bond will be sliding down of the hill, so in case you really want to have a personal bond and breed them, my advise is to keep them separate till "the point."

"The point" they are not doves or swans, so if you have 2 boys and 2 girls, it will be easy to pair them up and hopefully have newborns
Try do not have uneven birds, unless you have more than 10, to avoid loneliness and sadness of the loner.

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