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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 06-22-2017, 08:38 PM
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Yesterday I got a call from my father saying my female budgie laid an egg. I so shocked because I purposely tried not to encourage nesting behaviour and I certainly didn't put any box around. She laid an on the bottom of the cage and has been sitting by/on it off and on.
I live on a small island with like two pet stores and only one really sells things for budgies. They have no nesting boxes and none of the cages that they currently carry are big enough for more than two birds. I have asked someone to make a cage for me but in the meantime, I have a mother in a cage, its almost day 3 and she seems ready to lay again soon,how do I make the cage more comfortable for her? And the eggs?

I put in some cardboard and cotton because she seems to reject any box-like thing I put in there. I just threw the stuff in there to see if she would be more comfortable arranging it herself. She's done rather well with it actually. rolled the egg on the cardboard and surrounded herself with cotton. What else can I do? The guy has to get the materials and he doesn't necessarily does this for a living so if this takes more than 2 weeks what am I gonna do?

(By the way, the birds have never left the cage. I promised everyone I wouldn't let them out until they are handtrained which I haven't been able to do so far. Hopefully, it can be easier with the chicks.)

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Old 06-22-2017, 09:30 PM
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I wouldn't worry right now about a nest. Since you weren't planning this both you and your bird's are no doubt ill prepared for the stress of a clutch. Please read in our breeding forum on diet/nutrition need's for mom and dad who will need all the help you can give them in caring for chicks and recovering from laying egg's. Do you have a good avian vet nearby in the event she get's egg bound ? Please read and seek out as much info as you can to be prepared for sign's of any trouble. Hopefully some of our more experienced breeders can add some of their advice here.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:54 PM
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I've been doing my reading and research ever since on what to feed her so she'll have the right nutrients. No, we do not have a proper vet who knows much bout birds on island. I've been using this site even since I got the birds to give me feedback and advice on them, for illnesses and pretty much everything.
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Keeping checking your thread here, there are folk's who can give you advice on moving forward, and dealing with problem's that may arise. The info here along with the expert's will go along way to helping you help your bird's get through this successfully...

Read up on egg binding and what you can do to diagnose and treat. Also read up on hand feeding and what is needed in the event you have to. Do you have a second cage in case you need to seperate mom and dad ?
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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!

However, owing to the fact that you do not yet know enough about budgies to be able to breed them safely, it is best that you immediately check if the eggs are fertile, and if they are not, discard them. This does not harm any life, if the eggs are infertile, it is just the same as throwing away a chicken egg from the grocery store. After throwing away the egg(s), totally rearrange the cage, and if the female is still showing signs of wanting to lay, separate her from her male budgie for a while, until she comes out of breeding condition.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

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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The best thing you can do is remove any nesting material you've put into the cage, dispose of the egg, separate the two budgies into individual cages and do everything possible to throw them out of condition at this time.

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.

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Thanks everyone for the advice. Will try i out and hopefully all is well.
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You're very welcome, Solange! Keep us posted on how things go
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Good luck, Solange.
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