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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 07-25-2018, 11:37 PM
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Charlie is making me nervous. As I've mentioned in other threads, I am breeding her and Echo for my senior project. All was going well- moved the birds in together, they were displaying courting behavior, becoming inseparable, etc. Well, I noticed Charlie's brown cere going blue, like when a hen is out of breeding condition. When I got her, her cere was already a crusty brown. But I've been feeding her supplements and she is now on a full-out breeding diet: highest supplement ratio & egg food.

Any ideas what could be causing this? Has anyone had anything happen like this before or have a way to bring her back around? I don't particularly want to breed her outside of condition as that is a risk I don't want to take, but my senior project also depends on this, so hoping I can find a way to help Charlie girl out! I was planning on putting in the nestbox tomorrow but this is giving me pause. Thanks!

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How long have you had her on the conditioning diet?
I'd go ahead and put the nest box in right away.
If Charlie is ready to breed, she should start going in the nest box now to prepare for laying.
Having the nest box available will hopefully encourage her hormones to flip back into condition at this time.
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How long have you had her on the conditioning diet?
I'd go ahead and put the nest box in right away.
If Charlie is ready to breed, she should start going in the nest box now to prepare for laying.
Having the nest box available will hopefully encourage her hormones to flip back into condition at this time.
The supplement needs to be increased over a period of 6 weeks so she hasn't been having the full amount for breeding until recently. The increase of supplement over the weeks should bring the birds into condition. I was wondering if putting the box in would help her. Thanks for confirming that!
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