There's a lot that needs to go into breeding so you need to do lots of research beforehand. Luckily, we have a very good resource here for you to get a lot of information about breeding. Many members wanting to go on a breeding journey will do at least a years worth of research before they take the plunge. You may have already started doing some research, but always check our stickies below for the best information, as some online source give advice that isn't always correct.
Besides from information about how to care properly for your birds during breeding, it's also very important to ensure they are on a correct diet as well.
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Other things to think about when looking into breeding is the age of your female budgies. They can be no older than 4 years old for breeding.
The males you get are likely to be this year's young, so they can not be breed until they are over a year old (giving you plenty of time to plan everything out). But you need to ensure that in the time it takes for your males to reach full maturity, your females don't become too old.
It's worth remembering that dynamics will change when you bring in new birds.
There is no way to guarantee that your new males will bond closely enough with the females to breed.
I have a large flock or 7 females and 6 males that live together in one large cage and despite being prepared to do anything I have to, to prevent breeding it is never an issue. Having males and females doesn't always equal eggs.
When the dynamics of your birds change, it can never go back to how it was. Your females might not get along any longer. It might not happen, but it could.
You may also find that one of your birds is not compatible with the other and alternatives have to be considered with where you will be able to keep them.
What do you plan to do with the birds you breed? All the new birds will have to be sold on. If you plan on keeping them and breeding them in the future, you will have to have enough space for them all. You will have to keep records to make sure no inbreeding takes place.
When you get the two new birds, they need to be put in quarantine for 30-60 days to make sure no illness is passed on to your existing budgies.
You don't need to split you females up. In fact, when you first are introducing them to the males, it's much better to allow them to choose the mate they are interested in. You will have more success if you are breeding with birds who like one another and they will certainly be better parents as well.
To start with, after quarantine, it's fine to keep all four birds together. The males will be too young to worry about breeding for a long time.