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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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Hi. I'm new to this site, and budgie breeding. I wasn't intending to have breeding budgies. When purchased, we were told the were both female. Unfortunately we ended up with male and female. They both had been together from day one, so felt it was unfair to split them. Now they are both approx a year and half old. I had caught them 'doing the deed' even though I limited their daylight. So off I went and bought a nest box(with concave) and put nesting materials in it, and extra around the cage. The female, pulled all of it out and has laid her eggs on the plastic. She is now sitting on them. I'm concerned about when (if) they hatch, that they will be on hard floor. Any advice/help is appreciated for a total novice

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It would have been better if you'd asked for assistance before deciding to allow the budgies to breed. We could have given you additional assistance in helping avoid breeding behavior.

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.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-br...e-threads.html

What conditioning diet have you been giving them?
Are you positive they are not related?
How long has the female been incubating the eggs at this point in time?

Please very carefully review the information in the following threads:

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...want-eggs.html

Planned Co-Parenting in Raising Tame Chicks

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-dangers.html

Are You Ready to Breed Your Budgies

What is Breeding Condition

Are Your Budgie's Eggs Fertile

Fostering Budgie Chicks Safely

Splayed Leg Prevention and Treatment

How to Use a Hagan Vision Plast Nest Box Safely

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Hi there and to the forums!

There was definitely no need to provide your budgies with a nestbox; discouraging breeding is very easy. Since you have no experience with breeding budgies, you're going to need to do an enormous amount of research in a very short time if the hen has been incubating long enough that the eggs are fertile.

Be sure to read through all of the many articles and stickies provided above first, and even a second time! If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Please keep us posted on how things go!

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Hi there welcome. Contrary to popular belief, having a male and a female (even when you catch them getting along well and even mating) doesn’t mean they need a nestbox. As our animals’ caretakers, responsible for all aspects of their wellbeing, we need to consider the consequences of breeding. Even in the event all seems to go well, what would you do with all the babies if you weren’t expecting or prepared to increase the flock? Budgies can have large clutches, and budgie chicks are a dime-a-dozen and not as easy as you’d think to rehome. If you have complications (which are common) what would you do? It takes a good deal of learning and experience, not to mention legitimate preparation, to start breeding.

Legitimate breeders pay attention to the particular nutrients in the diet to prepare the mother for breeding. The breeder will even consider temperament and several other seemingly minute health factors that make for a healthy animal.

A legitimate responsible breeder will absolutely separate pairs when needed. That is part of the role of the breeder. Without human intervention with birds living in our human world, they often times are subject to aggression, or breed continuously, which leads to ill health. Just a couple of the more common scenarios as to why we separate pairs.

Sometimes, as with my male and female, they are not “interested” in each other. Great, that makes it easy. But when it’s not this way, we must take action. I’ve set up cages with birds side by side before. This is in no way cruel. They can see and communicate with each other. Birds are highly resilient creatures, and they will adjust to new routines. Don’t worry, I’ve seen this to be true in different circumstances over the years of having birds.

The link https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-br...want-eggs.html shows you how to adjust your birds’ environment to discourage breeding behavior. Be sure to read all the links above from FaeryBee.

Please remember, we’re not here to bash you, we’re here to help you get the best information out there on budgies . Keep us posted!
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Well I thought that I would give an update. One hatch from the eggs she lay. Both parents were doing great until the chick reached 18 days. Unfortunately mum refused to feed chick, even though it was begging her, and she got very aggressive towards dad. So I removed her and she is in another room. Dad is still a little nervous/unsure about feeding, because of his attacks from mum. He goes to the nest box and peeps in when chic is shouting for food. I was prepared for the possibility of this, so I am now feeding baby, in the hope that dad will eventually take on the job. I am also ensuring chic stays warm too, with a little help. He/she is doing good up to now. Keeping everything crossed for a positive outcome as my 14 year old son wants to keep this one as his own
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Good luck with caring for the chick.
I hope things turn out well and it will be healthy and happy.

You are going to need to ensure you keep the female in a separate cage for several weeks.

Once you the chick is fully weaned, and we know its gender we can advise you on how to ensure you house the three birds for the optimum safety for them all.
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Hopefully he/she will be fine. Oh and he/she looks albino to me. Pink eyes, orange beak, white feather.
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