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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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Default What colours to expect from a female albino/male lutino?

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So my budgie has laid 4 clutches of eggs this year and i have decided to get her a male friend. She is a female albino and he is a lutino. What colour babies should i expect?

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They are both the same variety (ino) so all the chicks will be ino. Albino is a blue ino and lutino is a green ino. Green is dominant to blue so if the male is green split for blue you will get both lutino and albinos, if he isn't then you will get all lutinos.

I assume you have done the necessary research and preparation and have had both birds on a enhanced breeding diet for a few months? With the hen having laid a number of clutches it is important she is well prepared or the eggs she lays will be lacking nutrients otherwise and may not survive, or the chicks may be weak and not thrive.
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The male is only 3 months old, and i will be keeping them in seperate cages until he is about a year old
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If your budgie laid four clutches of eggs in one year, that is way too many for her health and well being.

How old is the female?
Was she on a good conditioning diet for each clutch?
Are you giving her calcium supplements?

What did you do with all of the chicks?
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Welcome to the forums!

When your budgie laid the 4 clutches of eggs, did she have a mate or has she been a solo bird? Did she have access to a nesting area (nest box, birdie tent, coconut or half coconut toys, etc)?
If no encouragement has been done for her to get broody and lay eggs, then chances are high she is a chronic egg layer and it's recommended to not breed from chronic egg layers, because this is something that can be passed to the female offspring. The frequent egg production can and will cause serious health issues due to the calcium depletion and this can have life threatening consequences on the hens, the chicks will also be at risk.
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I have heard that it isn't the best practice to breed ino to ino, because of a tendency to give genetic weaknesses. Can any of the breeding/mutations experts clarify if this is a myth, or a real concern?
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Hi there and to the forums!

Toni is correct that all chicks will be Ino. However, Julie is right--breeding two Ino budgies is often not recommended because there is a higher risk of diseases or deformities, the most common being poor eyesight, in the chicks.

Aside from that, Aluz and FaeryBee have given some great advice. Have you a lot of experience with breeding?

Be sure to answer the questions above so we know how best to advise you. It's important to always breed budgies with a strong understanding for their personal care and health.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forum's many budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices.

If you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help.

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I can only speak from my own experience and breeding two visual Inos together isn't something I would recommend, especially when one is unaware of their bloodlines and if the budgies come from a good stock or not.
In my opinion, it's not worth the risk, not when the chicks can be overall weaker and more predisposed to illness.
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If your budgie laid four clutches of eggs in one year, that is way too many for her health and well being.

How old is the female?
Was she on a good conditioning diet for each clutch?
Are you giving her calcium supplements?

What did you do with all of the chicks?
She has laid 4 clutches of about 4-6 eggs, and they were all infertile. She is on a pellet diet with fruit/veggies, and she has her calcium bell toy. On the first clutch, i tried giving her some cooked egg, but she wasn't interested.

So its not recommended to breed two visual inos together? I will not be able to pick up the new budgie until after christmas, so it might not be too late to back out and pick a different bird. I have no idea about snowballs parents, because i bought her from a pet shop.

Snowball doesnt have access to nesting materials, she normally lays it on the bottom of the cage, and i put it in a bowl for her. The first egg of the last clutch, she tried to lay down my shirt and i had to move her to the cage quickly.

I think i was given snowball christmas 2014? so she'll maybe be around 3 years old.



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The purpose of this forum is to promote the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.

After having four clutches of that many eggs in one year, your little Snowball should be given at least a year's rest to let her body recuperate. It takes a great deal of energy to produce and lay that many eggs and depletes the budgies' system both physically and mentally. A budgie should not have more than 2 clutches in one year and needs a good long rest of 6 months to a year before being bred again.

Since Snowball is already three years old, it would be best not to allow her to breed anymore at all. Budgies should always be retired from breeding when they reach the age of 4 years.

Breeding two inos together is definitely not recommended.

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