Budgie BreedingBefore 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.
Littlebit about the setup first. We have 4 budgies green(1 Year Male) -yellow(1 Year Female) and blue(1.2 Years Male)-white (9 Months Female).
For simplicity I would refer them with colors henceforth.
They are all in same cage which is a 1/0.5/0.3Meter. They have occassional little fights for their places but not big ones. Recently around start of Mid-September
Yellow female started going in the nest box. Its very exciting to notice it. But whether mating is done or not. I am not sure as I have not seen it.
She goes inside the nest box and bites on it occassionally. She sleeps mostly outside at night.
I have gone through the help links on this website. And I am gaining knowledge about breeding. In search of this I have come across this nice website.
While going though the posts , some of you experts have recommended that in breeding season it is better to separate the pairs to give them privacy.
Or else it can be very dangerous for the other non breeding pairs or the newborn babies. So I decided to separate the two pairs.
One more reason was , the green Male many times tries to kiss and caress White female. And then When blue ones notices it , he tries to interve inbeetween and then the 2 Males fight for 30-40 Seconds.
The blue-white pair i separated and kept in another middle size cage. But then I noticed something very interesting.
The blue-white pair seemed to be very sad and they sat in the cage unhappily thorught the time. Male tried to eat inbetween but female did not ear or drink at all :O
Sometimes she kept searching a way out from this cage too. But not just that the other pair-story is more interesting and I did not expect this.
Yellow female kept looking towards the other cage and was impatient. Green Male tried to kiss her and caress her but she seemed to be not at all interested. I was very confused.
Because ideally they should have been very happy and should have used the private time. But alas that did not happen. Fearing for the white female , I decided to
bring them again to the big cage. As soon as I placed them inside, the 2 seemed to be very happy. White also started eating food. But to me surprise Yellow female got angry and
tried to bite White. (which she often does normally as well).
My questions are :
1. How long does it take to produce eggs after Female starts going in nest box? I noticed her hairless-red-skin around her bottom.
2. Should I separate the 2 pairs as I already did. Just worried that blue female would fall ill by not eating food. and Yellow female would stop mating her Male.
3. Green tries to go behind White Female , which makes me feel bad for the blue-Male and I do not know if I stop and intervene or what?
So I am now pretty confused what to do. Please suggest something.
Hi welcome . The purpose of this forum is to help owners do the best for their budgies, and to learn all you can for the wellbeing of your birds.
It’s clear from your questions that you are not experienced enough to breed. There is so much more to breeding than meets the eye. You might be surprised at the knowledge and detail of the many aspects of budgie keeping that you must know, in order to “responsibly” breed. Most owners, regardless of knowledge or experience, don’t breed. It’s not a necessary component of keeping birds.
Here are a few essential links for you to read. This explains the reasons behind what we are saying. I hope you’ll take this information to heart, and understand. Stick around and learn all you can about budgies... healthcare, environment, behavior, diet, and lots more. We ask all members to read through all the Stickies and Articles. It will help you get started on learning the best ways to keep your budgies happy and healthy.
Please remove the nest box from the cage immediately.
This forum never recommends colony breeding due to the inherent risks and dangers.
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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You've been given excellent advice above and I agree with it totally.
I'm glad you followed your instincts and separated the two pairs before it got worse.
I agree that you should not breed your budgies right now. You should take any nest boxes out of the cage and try to discourage breeding as per the information in one of the links above.
You should definitely read through the links provided above to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! This is a great resource to research about the best way to breed your budgies in the future, if that's something you still want to pursue later when your budgies are older and you've accumulated more information about it.
Be sure to ask if you have questions after reading through everything!
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Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Hello ..once again. I hv removed the nest box ..and going through the helpful links. Thanx. But i wish to share photo of my female vent n would ask if its a case of eggbound?? Or infection or eggnant?she looks fine n healthy otherwise. Thanx in advance.