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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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Hello there, first time poster here. I bred budgie for years when I was a kid (yeah, I was a weird little ten year old), and decided to get back into recently. I have two pairs in a large cage, to which I attached three nest boxes.

Everything was going swell. Everybody paired off, and the females have been spending considerable time exploring boxes. Finally, on Monday, one of my females, Merrill, laid egg #1! Then on Wednesday, she laid egg #2... in a different box.

I thought this second egg might belong to Tali, my other female, but she hasn't been spending as much time in a box and no other eggs have surfaced yet. So, thinking maybe Merrill had changed her mind, I took egg 1 and placed it with the other. It seemed successful at first - Merrill spent the night with both eggs, and I assumed incubation was commencing.

Until this morning, when I find Merrill in the other box again.

I'm unsure of what to do at this point, since I've never seen this behavior before. I suppose I could separate the pairs, and only allow Merrill the one box?

Any advice? Anyone else ever seen this happen before?

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Since she already has eggs I would take the extra box down. But you might need to move the other pair when you do that or she may try to take the other box.
Only time I have seen colony breeding work is with five pairs and several boxes. Good luck.
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Since she already has eggs I would take the extra box down. But you might need to move the other pair when you do that or she may try to take the other box.
Only time I have seen colony breeding work is with five pairs and several boxes. Good luck.
Ah, okay. I figured that might be the best course of action, but I wanted to check with someone else before I did it. Years ago, I had two females that had no problem breeding in the same cage, so long as I let them choose from a few different boxes. I suppose I just got lucky with them.

Thanks for the help! I'll respond to this to let you know how it goes.

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I hope it works out. Good luck.
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Colony breeding is something that on some rare occasions can work, but overall it's not something we'd ever recommend as rarely does it work out well.

I would absolutely do as Angie suggested, keep just one nest box in the cage and remove the other birds from the cage.
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Colony breeding is something that on some rare occasions can work, but overall it's not something we'd ever recommend as rarely does it work out well.

I would absolutely do as Angie suggested, keep just one nest box in the cage and remove the other birds from the cage.
Thanks! I went ahead and separated them. So far Merrill still doesn't seem overly interested in incubating, but who knows? I'm sure she didn't like being disturbed, but maybe some privacy will help nudge her a little. This is her first time, after all.

Anywho... thanks again!

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She still has time. Most females dont start sitting till all eggs are laid. They are still good for about 10 days as long as you have mild weather. This is my experience. Others may experience something different.
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Aaron,

I'm very glad to hear you've separated the budgies into individual breeding cages.

This forum is dedicated to promoting the best practices in care for the health and well-being of budgies.
We never recommend colony-breeding due to the inherent risks and dangers.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-br...s-dangers.html

I'd like to recommend you take the time to read all the stickies at the top of the Budgie Breeding Section of the forum.
You will find a great deal of very helpful information there.

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It's not uncommon for a budgie to not incubate straight away.
My girl, Star, had been in her nest box but laid her first egg on the floor of the cage, but I moved it into the box and she incubated straight away. Each bird is different.
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