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. Thread Description:Only one egg laid in 4 days
Hi, I am so puzzled. My male and female budgies mated without me knowing and laid her first egg 4 days ago. I have watch them breed constantly since them. The female is so attentive to her little egg and my male is feeding her, sticking his head in the box to check on the egg and everything seems textbook perfect, except for the fact that even though they continue to breed, she hasn't laid any more eggs. Their diet, cuddle bone, mineral block, food, egg yolk...everything is there. I haven't noticed her poop being any different though. She is active, going in the box for a while and then coming out and being kissie kissing to the male and breeding some more. She doesn't seem as interested in eating but the male is feeding her too. First, is she ok and second why isn't she laying more eggs? They are both 4 yrs old and have always been together. Although they have had a nesting box in their cage for over a year, this is their first time laying a egg. I'd so appreciate your input.
Here at TB, we like to encourage owners to learn as much about budgies in all aspects from proper diet, healthcare, behavior, how to keep them happy and thriving etc. before even thinking about breeding, let alone accidental breeding.
There are ways to discourage your pair from mating and laying in the future. Please take a look at these links below, along with all the other Stickies threads at the top of the Budgie Breeding section. Reading the Stickies will give you an idea how much knowledge and preparation goes into responsible breeding. In addition, there is a ton of valuable information in the Stickies posted at the top of every major forum section. We ask that all new members familiarize themselves with our site by reading these threads. Here below are the ones pertaining to your questions.
at four years old your budgies are at the very oldest they should be when being considered for breeding.
Clutch sizes vary from bird to bird, so there's no correct size.
Has your female been incubating her egg?
I would read the links provided above by Julie, starting with 'Are you ready to breed budgies' and the budgie diet threads.
Whatever happens with this egg, you must remove the nest box once this egg hatches or if it never hatches, don't leave it in just because you want baby budgies.
You will be endangering the health of your current birds if you let them breed again.
Yes she has been sitting on the egg and being very attentive to it. When she leaves the box, she never goes far from it. I have had budgies for 10 yrs. Tee ones that I started with are happy and thriving well. I have put in countless hours reading books on budgies and researching facts on budgies. I want the best for my babies . It seems that I reach out for an answer to my question in order to give them the best care that I can and instead of help, I'm getting my hand slapped. Believe me when I say that I'm not a novice and want the best for my sweet budgies.
You couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the best of budgie care
Therm and Julie have given great advice. We are in no way "slapping your hand", and I'm sorry that despite our efforts, you are taking this advice as an insult. The thing is, many times members come on here knowing nothing about budgies in your same situation. Since we didn't know, until you told us, that you have done so much research, it is only right that we offer you all the advice you would need if you had no experience with budgies.
Besides, knowledge should always be taken into account, whether or not you think you know it already I'm glad you have looked so much up already, that's great.
Be sure to look through the links above, which include the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
Keep us posted on how things go, and I look forward to seeing you around the forums!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
The purpose of this forum is to promote best practices in the care of budgies.
You should not consider advice that is given in consideration of your budgies' health and well-being to be "hand-slapping". We are simply giving you advice that you may not have considered previously even though you have owned budgies for several years. And, since you want what is best for your budgies, it would be in your best interest to read the links offered and take the advice as being well-meaning and sincere.
Your female may have laid only one egg as that is all her body is able to handle.
Once this egg hatches, it is important you do everything possible to discourage breeding in the future as your budgies are both past the age now where they can be safely bred. Once a budgie reaches 4 years of age, it should no longer be bred as there are increased risks to both the adult budgies as well as to any potential offspring.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
Thank you so very much. After my female sat on her egg for 4 days, I found her egg out of the nesting box on the floor of the cage. As much as I would have had a baby, I know that nature has a way of taking care of things. My female is eating, playing, and just being her sweet self. My male is still trying to show her the nesting box and showing signs of wanting to mate but she will have none of it. I will be taking the box out as soon as I can get wire to cover the hole in the cage. Blessings and I look forward to continue reading other threads! Debbie
I'm glad you will be removing the nestbox promptly.
Following the advice of rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting their daylight hours to no more than 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
While they are in condition, you will also want limit the amount of protein in their diet.
I wish you all the best and will be looking forward to seeing you around the forum.