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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 12-27-2016, 12:33 AM
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This is Twilight and Luna's first clutch. I had fostered two eggs from Houdini and Anzu to her, as I was concerned that Houdini would be too tired during her double/second clutch to raise 9 chicks...however, I did not know Twilight would go to have 9 eggs of her own! These budgies are way too prolific with the eggs.

I have checked all 10 eggs. 8 are fertile so far, with the 2 newest not showing yet.

So...recommendations? Has anyone had a hen that successfully raised 11 chicks? Should I try and foster the oldest back to Houdini? The baby in Twilight's nest was born within 48 hrs of the current youngest baby in Houdini's nest, and she is doing great with the 7 in there. Leave them where they are and hope it works out? Take the 2 newest eggs out so they don't become fertile? There will be no other clutches after this one, so no one to foster the babies to. I have hand feeding formula and am prepared to help, but would be nervous as I have never done it before.



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Old 12-27-2016, 09:12 AM
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Given the circumstances you are in, removing the two newest eggs that don't yet show life in them would be the best choice.

With such large clutches, you really may need to step in and finish raising a few chicks. It would be good if someone experienced, like a breeder or avian vet would show you how to hand feed just in case.
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I agree with aluz. I would definitely dispose of the last two eggs.

It's important you be ready, willing and able to step in with hand feeding.

I also recommend you ensure you remove the hen when the chicks reach 3 1/2 weeks so she doesn't double clutch!
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I agree with aluz. I would definitely dispose of the last two eggs.

It's important you be ready, willing and able to step in with hand feeding.

I also recommend you ensure you remove the hen when the chicks reach 3 1/2 weeks so she doesn't double clutch!

Yes, I have a reminder set in my calendar to do exactly this for each hen, and have a cage set up in another room waiting for them!

I will take out the last two eggs and hope Twilight can handle the rest. Thanks, everyone!
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I know that there seems to be no rhyme or reason to how a hen decides how many eggs she is going to lay, but is it out of the ordinary that all 3 of them would have such large clutches? Is there a way to inhibit them, or control the size? Do others just pull the eggs that are laid and are not yet fertile once the clutch begins to get too large?

I won't be breeding again for at least another year, and am more than set up to keep all the babies from these clutches, although for future breeding purposes, I would like to keep one gender from each (ie, the hens from one clutch, the males from another) to make sure there are no bonds grown that would cause inbreeding. I am stockpiling all the information/experiences that I can get though, so I know how to proceed for next time!
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WOW, thats way too many eggs...
With such a big clutch you need to make sure that your pairs have easy acceptable food - baby corn, lettuce, corn cob, broccoli, sweet potato, especially when checks are older than 10 days old that way you help them a lot to raise the chicks.
Good luck with such an enormous clutch!
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WOW, thats way too many eggs...
With such a big clutch you need to make sure that your pairs have easy acceptable food - baby corn, lettuce, corn cob, broccoli, sweet potato, especially when checks are older than 10 days old that way you help them a lot to raise the chicks.
Good luck with such an enormous clutch!
Yes, I have a mixture of green leaf lettuce, kale, chard, broccoli and carrot that I run through a food processor and they constantly have available to them

My only regret is that they really haven't taken to egg at all. I grind up the shells with the veggies, and put some powdered egg food in, but if I try and give them cooked and ground egg they won't touch it.
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