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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 friends
I have a question about what is the behaviour of a hen before and after laying eggs?
What i mean is how much does a hen stay in her nest box before laying the egg and how much after laying the egg?
And what happens at night does the hen stay out of the nest box at night after laying the eggs?
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Before we answer questions regarding breeding, please read the information in this link:

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

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.

Please answer all of the questions listed below:

1. How long have you owned budgies?
2. How old are the budgies at this time?
3. Are you certain they are not related?
4. How many eggs has the hen laid?
5. What day did she start laying?
6. Has she been incubating the eggs and if so, for how long?
7. Do you have the pair that have mated in an individual breeding cage away from your other three budgies?
8. What type of conditioning diet have you been providing?
9. Are you giving the pair additional calcium supplements in addition to their cuttlebones and mineral blocks?

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Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.


These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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Hi faery bee
I have them since 1.5 years they both are not related thats a 100% because i biught them separate. Cookie has not laid eggs yet but she stays in the nest for quite a while but sleeps outside the nest box. Zoro feeds her when she is out. I am going through all the data in the forum i am glad i have joined the forum.
I was reading your replies to a post 👍👍

And yes they are in seperate cage
I have vitapol which i put in water other than cuttle bone and mineral block
Cookie is around 1.8 or 1.9 years while zoro is around 2 years old

I give the spinach corn sprouts egg other than seeds

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Is this the first time you've owned budgies?

Why specifically are you trying to allow these two budgies to breed?

How much research have you done with regard to best practices in the care of budgies for their optimum health and well-being?

How much research have you done with regard to best practices in breeding?

What do you intend to do with any potential offspring?

Do you have an Avian Vet?

Are you certain these two budgies have the right personalities and temperament to be budgie parents?

Are you aware of the potential risks involved with breeding?

Do you have all the supplies necessary?
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Cookie and nemo were my first budgies
Than i got dora zoro and later i got jack
They are with me for around 1.5 years
I have read a lot about breeding from the web and also bought a book on amazon thought it had the same thing that were on the net. I had fallen in Love with budgies when i got cookie and nemo. So since than i have budgies. I am going to keep the offsprings with me.
Zoro and cookie have bonded both are calm and hopefully good parents they have mated zoro feeds cookie many times they preen each other so i think they are quite compatible.
Avian vets are hard to find in India but the breeder from whom i got them he is a very passionate man when it comes to birds he will provide me with help if need be. Supplies and help needed for breeding i get from him.
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I am aware of the potential risk involved in it Like egg binding and laying egg outside box and other issues like that but i try to make sure such things dont happen and if they do i have the support of that breeder.
I decided to breed them because i want to take my love for them a step further and when it comes to taking care and well being i keep on reading stuff and i do invest a lot for them be it toys cages and good food as much as i know i give them very good treatment.
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I realize that Avian Vets are hard to find in India.

While it is very challenging for people who live in countries with no Avian Vets, there are steps you can take to help ensure your budgies' health.

With the right motivation, you can work with a regular or veterinarian to get the proper care for your budgie(s).

You will want to do as much research as you can and learn as much about budgies and the best practices for their care so you can provide your little ones with the best possible life.

We have a member in India who has done this and has developed a great relationship with a regular vet.
With the member's research and the vet's collaboration, they have found ways of providing care for her budgie that she would have not been able to manage otherwise.

When you develop a good relationship with a regular veterinarian, that individual can collaborate via telephone or Skype with Avian Veterinarians in other countries if necessary to get assistance in appropriate diagnosing and prescribing treatment for your Avian companions.

From the questions you asked, you don't really have the all the knowledge necessary when it comes to how budgies behave when they breed.

I highly recommend you carefully read the information in the Budgie Articles regarding Breeding as well as all the Stickies in the Budgie Breeding section of the forum.

These will answer many of your questions.
If, after reading them, you have specific questions, we will be happy to assist you in locating the necessary information.


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These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
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Thank you 😊
But is there a post where i can understand cookie’s behaviour when it comes to incubating the eggs as she is first time parent and i want to know beforehand if things are going right or not?
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Are both of your budgies currently in condition?

Please ensure you start giving them additional vegetables along with egg food.

Articles: Diet and Nutrition - Talk Budgies Forums

Are you using a proper wooden nestbox with a concave bottom attached to the outside of the individual breeding cage?

The hen will go in and out of the box until she decides she's ready to lay (IF that is what she wants to do) Sometimes budgies aren't ready to be parents and, if that is the case, she may not.

A budgie lays a specific number of eggs each cycle.

The first week the hen's body is preparing to lay the eggs.
The next two weeks is when the eggs are laid.

When the hen lays the first egg, she may not incubate it immediately. Sometimes budgies wait until they have three eggs (or more) before they begin incubating on a continual basis.

Until the egg(s) are incubated consistently for a few days, there will be no viable life within them even if they have been fertilized by the male.

Once the hen begins incubating, she will go out of the nest box to relieve herself, drink and get a bit of exercise but will spend most of her time in the nest box. She will not come out of the nest box at night.

At that point, the male will begin feeding the female and caring for her. You must ensure both birds are getting a very healthy diet in order to have healthy chicks.

Hopefully, this information addresses your major questions at this point in time.
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Yes they are in condition they are doing what you have written she is going in and out and she stays in for a while
Yes the box is outside the cage
I try to give them different food everyday for balanced diet
Thank you so much it answers my question 😊😊😊😊
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