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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 09-06-2017, 03:39 PM
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Every now and again when I tap (it's more like a gentle stroke) for hen to get out the box so I can check there is nothing wrong, she sometimes will roll an egg out of the concave and I push it very gently back with the back of my nail. I don't want to touch with my finger because of the bacteria that can be there.
Is this ok? Just note that I am forever washing my hands as I don't like them dirty... but I just don't want to risk my birds eggs....

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When Star was sitting on her eggs, I would wait until she came out to check the eggs. She's going to come out in the morning for the morning stretch and poop and she'll come out a few other times, but I rarely knocked to get her off the eggs once she was sitting.

As for the eggs moving, I imagine it's just when Mum gets up they move slightly. I'm certain she will move them back when she returns to the nest. I always wash my hands before and after touching the eggs.

Have you got anything to go in the nest box? I use the aspen bedding and started to put it in when the babies hatched but it might help you to keep the eggs more in place and help with keeping them warm.
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When Star was sitting on her eggs, I would wait until she came out to check the eggs. She's going to come out in the morning for the morning stretch and poop and she'll come out a few other times, but I rarely knocked to get her off the eggs once she was sitting.

As for the eggs moving, I imagine it's just when Mum gets up they move slightly. I'm certain she will move them back when she returns to the nest. I always wash my hands before and after touching the eggs.

Have you got anything to go in the nest box? I use the aspen bedding and started to put it in when the babies hatched but it might help you to keep the eggs more in place and help with keeping them warm.
Ah I see. I just learnt from the show budgie breeders to tap lightly to ask them to move for a bit. They always go back straight after anyway. I was told to make it a routine.

I just hope my hygiene is enough. I just am worried about an egg not getting mom's warmth...

I offered very fine pine shavings but was told they prefer it bare. I put a little anyway and they move it off to the sides. All seems happy at least.

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Yeah, I remember also reading up about the tapping. I still found Mum a little reluctant to leave her nest and just found it easier to check them when she was off.
I wouldn't worry about the warmth. I watched Mum rotating her eggs to make sure they got warmth on the correct side of the egg and it was just adorable to see how careful she was. She will take good care of them.
Are you letting her keep all her eggs?

I found with Star before she laid she liked it bare but once the chicks came I always kept some shaving in there. Once the chicks come I think it's good to have in especially when the poop starts to come! :O
Obviously, I'm a newbie breeder so I have three eggs more experience than you so I'm only sharing what I've done and am not disputing what the breeders have advised you s it all seems sound advice.
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Yeah, I remember also reading up about the tapping. I still found Mum a little reluctant to leave her nest and just found it easier to check them when she was off.
I wouldn't worry about the warmth. I watched Mum rotating her eggs to make sure they got warmth on the correct side of the egg and it was just adorable to see how careful she was. She will take good care of them.
Are you letting her keep all her eggs?

I found with Star before she laid she liked it bare but once the chicks came I always kept some shaving in there. Once the chicks come I think it's good to have in especially when the poop starts to come! :O
Obviously, I'm a newbie breeder so I have three eggs more experience than you so I'm only sharing what I've done and am not disputing what the breeders have advised you s it all seems sound advice.
By letting her keep all her eggs do you mean am I not removing any? Yes she is a very good mother since she started laying. Does not like to be off them at all.

Oh yes I will definitely start doing shavings once the chicks hatch. I was told by another breeder that I must just watch that if there are shavings in the box I must just make sure there is nothing on top of the eggs as the pine shavings can block warmth to the eggs.

No don't worry! This is the reason we have discussions! I appreciate all information I get as it will eventually evolve into a routine and habit for me. Luckily I am part of a exhibition budgie breeder club so I have a lot of brains to pick.

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Moving the egg back into the concave the way you described is just fine, especially since you are washing your hands very frequently.

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