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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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Question My parakeet just laid eggs and I want to keep one baby budgie to myself

My budgies laid 8 eggs ( pic included ) and I was wondering if I could take one egg after it hatches and grew some feathers so I could tame it. I don't want to right away take 1 egg and wait for it to hatch because then I'll have to incubate it and feed the baby bird when it hatches. That's too much work for me and I don't know how to do it. Instead, I'm planning to let the parents do all the work of taking care of the baby budgie and after the baby budgie could eat on its own, I'm going to keep it in a separate cage and try to tame it.

When is it the best time to tame a baby budgie? ex. when it grows feathers or when it can eat on its own? (I don't want to take care of the egg)

Will the parents be angry when I take the baby budgie away from them? Will the baby budgie freak out? Will the baby budgie eventually recognize me as a parent and bond with me?
What should i do to tame it? I have a clicker app on my phone and a separate cage for it



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Old 06-20-2017, 04:58 PM
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I have deleted the duplicate thread you made on the same subject. Please do not post the same posts on the forum.

Often times people who are serious about breeding take at least a year to learn as much as they can about their birds and budgie breeding in general.
As you haven't given us much information, please answer the following questions so that we know the level of knowledge you have. This will help staff know more about your situation. As it stands, the information we will offer will be more general as we don't know enough specifics about your birds currently.

How long have you had your budgies for?

What diet are they on?

What research have you done about breeding budgies prior to allowing them to breed?

No one would recommend someone take a baby budgie away from their parents to hand raise it with no prior experience.
If you want to tame a chick, you would allow the parents to fully wean the chick before you removed it.

Budgies are not the easiest to tame. Whenever you see pictures or videos of budgies that have a wonderful bond, months of work have gone into forming that bond. Yes, it is doable and I'm sure you can do it, but it takes a lot of hard work and I'm a little concerned that you have rushed into breeding not fully prepared.

To answer you other questions; no, the parents will not be angry if you take a weaned chick from them.
It's possible that if you do not socialise the chick it will freak out.
The chick will not recognise you as a parent. You will never become a surrogate parent to it and even if it were remaining with its parents, budgies don't have a family bond in the way humans do. It might bond to you if you are prepared to do the hard work and research that goes into raising and taming a chick properly.

To start with, you need to read pretty much *every* sticky we have on breeding.

Scroll down about half way down the page and read the specific links about breeding.

You should look at other topics about general budgie care as well to make sure you are as knowledgeable as possible in order to help your birds.
Further down, you will also see a list about taming and bonding.
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I've had my budgies for a little over a year
They eat seeds, millet, grit, and I feed them fruits every so often
I haven't done too much research into breeding budgies,
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Welcome to talk budgies....you have found a really good place to supply you with all the info you need moving forward, and the good news is you have time yet to do it right. Start reading the stickies in the breeding section to make sure you avoid mistakes between now and hatch time. Your bird's diet is very important especially while they are trying to rear chick's. Taming concern's can be addressed later, for now getting them to eat a better diet during this time is very important. Lot of good info, and very knowledgeable folk's here to help with your question's and concern's. We would love to see pic's of your little friend's....
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

The purpose of Talk Budgies is to promote the best practices in care for the health and well-being of budgies.

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. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.

This thread will answer some of your questions:

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

Please review the information in the following threads:

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

When We Don't Want Eggs

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-dangers.html

Are You Ready to Breed Your Budgies

What is Breeding Condition

Are Your Budgie's Eggs Fertile

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...gs-safely.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...treatment.html

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EIGHT?! My goodness. What is your plan for the rest of the baby budgies? You'll have ten full grown budgies in the end, do you plan on keeping all of them? Selling off some? If you do plan to sell them, have you good homes lined up with people who are fully educated on budgies and will care for them properly?
Honestly, if it were me, I would be replacing at least half, if not most, of the eggs with fake eggs and toss the real eggs asap. That's a LOT of work for both parents, especially if they are new parents.
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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

It's great to have you here with us; you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about these beautiful birds!

You've been given great advice above by FaeryBee It is not as easy as having two budgies and expecting them to be just fine breeding by themselves. As mentioned above, you need to do a year or more of intensive research to make sure you're up to the task. Additionally, there is no reason to try and breed budgies just because they want a "tame" one. Just because you raise a budgie does not make it tame, any budgie, be they six months old or six years old, must be consistently treated with love, patience, and respect to be tame in any way.

Consequently, you should check if the eggs are fertile, and if they are not, you should toss them to give you more time to learn about breeding budgies.

As a side note, budgies do not actually need grit; it can harm their crops over time since they hull their seeds and do not need the grit to help them break it down.

Additionally, be sure to look through 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 anything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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