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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 10-18-2017, 03:58 AM
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Hi ,Kindly quickly suggest me what to do now

Both my budgies are over an year old. This is the first time laying .My budgie has laid 6 eggs and started sitting on it from the first day. It was sitting on eggs almost all day without any problem. It used to come out and go back to the nest box normally during those days. But after 17 days from the first egg (i e yesterday) , it was coming out more often (4-5 times every hour or even more) .When i go near ,it is going back and sitting on eggs. But it is coming out and staying for 10-15 mins outside and then going back all the time . The cock sleeps with the hen INSIDE the nest box daily. It always go inside the nest box whenever he feels so and hen has no problem with it. Sometimes the cock sits on the egg some time of the day and also disturbs the brooding hen to come out .It has always been this way
Now when I candled the eggs for the first time today 18th day (from first egg) , I see one of the egg having a very big hole on the top (hen or cock might have made it). There is nothing inside the broken egg other than yellow yolk. Other 5 eggs are fertile and all of them have blood nerves and 1 of them is moving. (i can't tell whether any of them is a DIS)
I live in a place hot where room temperature touches 30 degree Celsius in the day and night temperatures can be 25C. Humidity is more than 80 all the time . Right now from past 2-3 days, I am trying to make my room dark by 5 PM evening so that they are roosting. Hen continuously sit on eggs all night till sunrise and cock also sleeps all night with her in the nest box. But once the light come into the room during the day ,hen starts to come out every 15mins or so and stays or sometimes sleeps outside for 10 mins before going .It goes on throughout the day

So, now the problem is my hen budgie coming out very very frequently when it should be sitting on eggs all the time. I am worried as to what can i do now after 18 days? As 5 of them are fertile and showing life ,will they hatch or will they cool off due to hen frequently coming out? Kindly tell me what can i do now at this late end of incubation ???
(Kindly note , though i am a new user have read lots of material on budgie breeding over the net before attaching a nesting box and i am a responsible breeder. i used to follow this site from 4-5 months before registering)


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Unfortunately, I don't have the breeding experience to help you with this question.
I'm hoping one of our experienced breeders will be on line and be able to advise you soon.
I'm sending a note to one of them to see if she is able to log-in to look at your thread.
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Hi there!

Congrats on the eggs, hopefully we can help you out

First, if you haven't already removed the egg that was broken, you should do that now so it doesn't affect the development of the other eggs.

Since you mentioned that you are in a very hot and very humid location, it's likely that your hen is exiting the nest to cool off. Nest boxes can get pretty hot and sticky, especially if the male is in there with her too.

Since it's pretty hot, the eggs likely won't cool down too much before she heads back into the box again. Remember, it's totally natural for hens to come out to eat, drink, poop and stretch their wings a bit, before heading back to her eggs.

You can definitely cover the cage a little earlier than normal to encourage her to head back to the nest. You still want her to get enough daylight hours though.

Yo me it doesn't sound like she's given up on her nest, so trust in her natural instincts and I'm sure it will all be fine.
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Michelle has given you great advice.

Your pair sounds like they are going to be excellent parents.
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Thank you
Really surprised by your positive comments on my budgies progress!!!! yes the climate outside is little warm and humid.But really worried to see the hen frequently off during day as it has incubated full time for 16 days up-till then.
Just to update today is 19th day and 4 of the eggs are showing life. one of them looks like a DIS .Because Air-sack is all over the place and moving,But i didn't remove it and thinking to give it another day as i am not experienced with DIS (Dead in Shell).

I am putting some millet inside the nest box so that hen comes out less often.But the peels of millet after eating are staying inside the nest box and are gathering around the eggs acting like a nesting material. Just wanted to know whether Is this millet peel safe ??
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To update .this is 20th day and first pinkie arrived this morning.. Great news.
BUT sadly the hen budgie keeps popping out of the nest box most of the time and the male is sitting on the eggs and the chick. The chick is chirping sometime,but i havent noticed them feeding the chick. what does the chirping mean? does it mean it is hungry ? or just casual just born chick chirping? By the way the chick and the rest of the eggs are above millet peels... as i asked above is this safe? i intentionally sprayed millets inside nest box to encourage hen budgie to stay inside the nest box.

I haven't seen the parents feeding the chick it is almost 12 hrs may be since it hatched .Parents ate the shell of the hatched egg. What should i do? can i leave the job to the parents or should i try to hand feed it? i tried to look at the chicks CROP , but i am unable to tell whether it if full or empty ? what are the SIGNS of a full crop? I see a tiny ball under its neck and its black in colour but how to know exactly whether its full or empty? and also please advise about the millet peel acting as a nesting material under the chick and eggs ? is it safe?
Kindly some one reading my thread Reply if you can advice ,it helps a great deal . I am sincerely waiting for some advice here regarding my question
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Congrats on the new baby!!

You really donít need to worry about mom being out of the box, like I mentioned in my earlier post, itís totally natural. Trust her motherly instincts.

Newly hatched babies sometimes wonít be fed for up to 12 hours after hatching. It will be fed ďcrop milkĒ from mom, which is a light yellowish colour.

The chirping will almost be constant, especially with more babies being hatched. Lol, I love that noise! Again, totally normal.

Eating the egg shell is also seen in Budgies when they need extra calcium. Do you have a cutle bone in the cage?


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Thanks for reply
Yes i have Mineral block and cuttle bone inside the nest box as well... please advise me how to check a chicks CROP? how can i tel whether it is full or empty? and also is millet Peel safe ?? there is a large pile of millet peel acing as a nesting material under the eggs and chicks
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The crop might be hard to see, since it is so small right now. Itís at the base of the neck, and you should see a creamy whitish fluid in it once it has been fed. It wonít be much since it is so tiny right now.

The mullet is safe to leave in there, but if you get a chance to remove it, I would.


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Thanks for the reply!!
Ok i ll try to remove millet peel when i get the chance . and i saw my chicks crop and it is very small and in black colour .May be its empty now. I hope the parents feed it
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