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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 09-30-2017, 06:05 AM
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Hi everyone, I posted on here a couple of months back about breeding a budgie pair. Unfortunately the two did not get along, Paulie (the cock) had little interest in blu (the hen) so 2-3 weeks ago I put Paulie in a cage with Melyn, the two would always talk to each other from the other flights so I put them together in a cage. They hit it off straight away so I attached a breeding box a week later and they currently have 4 eggs, there were 5 but Melyn kicked one out.
Anyway, back to my question.. is it normal for the cock to be in the box with her during the day? He goes in to feed her but stays in there for quiet some time and sits on the eggs too.
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Hi Emma,

Yes, that's normal--although not as common, it isn't unheard of for the male to be so devoted that he also spends time incubating with the female. It sounds like your male is very loyal to his missus

I can't wait to see the chicks!
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I agree with Star -- Paulie must be very enamored with Merlyn.

I wish you all the best with your coming clutch, Emma.

We'd love to see some pictures!
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Thanks for your replies!
I can’t wait to see what their chicks look like, Paulie is a mauve yf2 cinnamon and Melyn is a lutino, I haven’t checked to see if they are all fertile yet as I don’t want to disturb Melyn too much, she laid her first 8 days ago but that was the one she kicked out. When I checked the box yesterday there were 4 eggs so I think she has stopped thank god, I don’t want them to be too stressed as it’s their first clutch. Once I check the eggs I might make a breeding journal thread
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If they are still mating she might not be done yet! You could always discard some of the eggs before she incubates them. I did this with Jay and Star as it was their first time as parents and I wanted to ensure they weren't overwhelmed and that the babies were given the best chance. I kept just three eggs of her 8 egg clutch.

Either way, very much look forward to seeing these babies!
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I highly recommend you follow Therm's advice for limiting the number of eggs in her first clutch.
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So we have 5 eggs, all look to be fertile, yay Iím so excited. Iím just really worried she might panic now that I have touched them.
I hope the photo comes up clear
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There is no reason for her to panic, touching the eggs shouldn't bother the adults. It is best for the eggs chance of hatching to only check them the once as each time they are moved they are likely to be out of position. This isn't an issue unless it happens repeatedly though.
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Toni's correct. Mum and Dad won't be upset with you checking and candling the eggs, especially if you do it during one of Mum and Dad's breaks from sitting on the eggs when they're already out of the nestbox.
On a couple of occasions when I was replacing the chicks after cleaning the nest box, Mum would sit with her head in the hole watching me. She was never panicked and upset, she just watched me. They are very trusting birds.
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Besides the 2 birds getting along well, the male also helps by sitting on the eggs. That is good. It is fair to share these things rather than 1 doing it all. Sounds like he want to have birdie babies. That is good.
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