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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....
I have three budgies, 1 male, 1 female and a 3 month old budgie.
The male budgie has been preening, feeding and mating with the female budgie for over 4 days, everyday they mate for about 20 mins which is insane.
The female spends ALL of her time in the breeding box and only comes out to mate, eat celery or poo.
Her droppings are very very VERY large, and the female also sleeps in her breeding box.
The male is about 1 year old and the female is about 6 months, too young i know.
So anyway, back to my question, when do you think my female will lay eggs or will she lay eggs at all? someone please help me to know when she will possibly lay eggs.

P.S this is my 3rd time breeding, first 2 times breeding went very successful and all the budgies survived.

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The purpose of this forum is to promote the best practices in budgie care for their optimum health and well-being.

First of all, you need to remove the nest box from the cage immediately.

If your female is only 6 months old, she should NOT be bred.

A budgie should not be bred until it reaches a minimum of 12 to 18 months old which you should already know.

You should also know that budgies don't need a nest box unless you are planning to breed them so why did you put a nest box on the cage?

You may have bred budgies in the past, but you obviously did not do so in accordance with what this forum considers to be best practices.

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.

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Are all three budgies in the same cage?

I recommend you remove the male and cage him separately from the two females.
This needs to be done today.

Rearrange everything in the females' cage and move it into a different room.
Limit the daylight hours to no more than 8 per day. Limit protein in the diet.
If the female does lay any eggs, dispose of them immediately.
Eggs are not viable until they have been incubated for several days so throwing them out is no different than disposing of eggs from a grocery store.

If you do not take the steps advised, you are putting the 6 month old female and any potential offspring at severe risk.

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Hi there and to the forums!

As mentioned above, your budgies should not be bred. Just because they have been mating doesn't mean that she will lay eggs. In fact, it's a good thing she hasn't yet because now all you have to do is rearrange their cage, remove the nest box, etc. and she'll hopefully be thrown out of the breeding mood.

Just because your budgie is physically capable of breeding doesn't mean it's right or healthy for her to do so. Humans are sexually mature around age 13 but that doesn't mean that it is healthy or right for them to reproduce at that time.

It is not necessary for you to breed your budgies in order for you to enjoy them as pets! Additionally, simply because "all the budgies survived" in the last two (!!!) clutches doesn't mean it's okay or healthy. As a pet owner, you should be concerned with helping your birds thrive and be healthy and happy, not just survive.

We're here to promote the best care and keeping of budgies and have the best interests of your budgies at heart! Maybe in a few years after you've done more research and owned your budgies for a while you can venture into breeding again, with an avian vet on hand.

Be sure to read through the links provided above as they include the "best practices" for caring for budgies! If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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I was going to do the steps you gave above but last night she layed an egg and today she is layed on too..
I cant really doo much can i?
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You need to do the following right away:

Remove the eggs and dispose of them.
She has not yet incubated them long enough for them to become viable.

Remove the male into a different cage.

Remove the nest box from the cage the females are in.

Rearrange EVERYTHING in the females' cage and put the cage in a different room.

Limit the daylight hours the female gets to no more than 8 hours per day.

Ensure she is getting a calcium supplement in addition to her cuttlebone and mineral block

If she lays more eggs even when the nestbox is gone, dispose of each of them right away.

You need to throw her out of breeding condition.
Following the steps I've given you will do so but she may lay several more eggs before she stops.

Please do NOT put anything in her cage that can be used as a nesting site.

You really need to do what is best for your budgies and for you to allow them to breed is putting both the 6 month old female and any potential offspring at severe risk.
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The female budgie is one of the tamest budgies i've ever had, she lets you pet and do anything basically, but i just removed the eggs and nest box and now she wont even let me touch her bites me so hard and im bleeding, anything i can do with that or would i have to deal with the consequences?
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She just needs time to readjust her hormones.
Follow the advice Faerybee has given you with regards to rearranging her cage (& room if possible) and reducing her daylight hours. She should hopefully return to her normal self within a few days.
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Julia is completely correct.
Your budgie is extremely stressed and hormonal right now. Make the changes recommended and give her time to adjust.

Make sure you have nothing in the cage that can be used as a nesting site.
It is very important that you limit her daylight hours to no more than 8 per day.
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hshs get rekt she already layed 4 eggs, im gonna wait untill they hatch and if the female dies, she dies if shhe doesnt she doesnt, gonna hand feed them if she ded
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I'm sorry that you believe it impossible to do what is in the best interest of your budgie.

You have no intention of following the advice given and have decided to put your bird at severe risk.

Your comment that "if she dies, she dies" is totally unacceptable on this forum.
I feel extremely sorry for your poor budgie.

I suggest you find a different place to get help and advice. You are no longer welcome here.

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For all Talk Budgies Members reading this thread:

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.

People who do not do the necessary research and/or are not willing to follow best practices are putting both the adult birds and any potential offspring at extreme risk.

The purpose of this forum is to promote the best practices in care for budgies' optimum health and well-being.
Most owners should never consider breeding their budgies which is why we continually ask that everyone read the following information:

If an individual has a mixed gender pair, then every step should be taken to Discourage Breeding.
Rearranging the budgies' cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously.
One should never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.


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