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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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Hey guys, got 4 fertile budgie eggs and everything seems to be going good. Been feeding mom some egg and vegetables pretty regularly before she laid her eggs, and she has destroyed the cuttle bone. Seems like the male is bullying her into staying in the nest but is feeding her as far as i can tell, is this normal? Also, her droppings were large and watery a few days but stopped. I think i read this is just because she is passing an egg? Also, what hand feeding technique do you recommend? Spoon or syringe? I plan on handling them and hand feeding them after a couple weeks so they are comfortable with humans. Thanks so much.

Also, one of the fertile eggs seems to have a weak spot in the egg. Its a small crack thats not really a crack, just a thin spot in the egg. Is this normal?


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Old 10-02-2018, 08:06 PM
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We generally don't answer questions with regard to breeding without knowing the poster's level of experience with budgies.

How old are the budgies you bred?
Do you know if they are related?
How much experience do you have with budgies in general?
Is this the first time you've bred these two birds?
How much research did you do prior to breeding?

I note that you made a thread regarding breeding back in 2017 and were asked questions at that time which you never bothered to answer...

An individual needs to have a good background in basic budgie care and then do extensive research into the proper breeding practices prior to making the decision to accept the responsibility of the commitment required for breeding responsibly and ethically.

Guidance regarding Breeding Advice Threads

I would not recommend hand feeding the babies.
It is much better for you to do "co-parenting" rather than pulling the chicks from the parents.

Planned Co-Parenting for Raising Tame Chicks

Are you giving the hen calcium supplements in addition to the cuttle bone?

I strongly recommend you take the time to read all of the articles regarding breeding.
These will address most of your questions.

Budgie Breeding Articles
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I agree completely with FaeryBee's response. Additionally hens that are in nest box will hold their feces while brooding which results in large droppings when they leave the box for a break. Also hand feeding is more complicated than many people think and if the parents are feeding the kids normally, there's really no need to help. Baby budgies once weaned are easy to tame without hand-feeding and simply handling them (co-parenting) as they grow is much safer and easier, and chicks develop normally parent fed.
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Given the questions you are asking it is clear you are not experienced enough to handrear the chicks. And there's is absolutely no need to do so if the parents are doing it.

Handrearing does not guarantee a tame bird. I will handrear if it is the only way left to save a life but some of my handreared birds are completely unhandle-able. This is their personality they would not make good pets.

You are much better handling the chicks for a couple of minutes a day from 2 weeks onwards. This will get them used to humans. But not all birds will want anything to do with humans some are much better off in aviaries. It's all down to the individual.

A lot of people don't realise how time consuming handrearing is. You can also easily kill a chick if you don't know what you're doing and reading up on it and actually doing it are two completely different things. It is not necessary unless a life is in danger.
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FaeryBee has asked some really good questions about your knowledge of breeding, but by the sounds of it, you are still new at this.

I've been breeding budgies for a loooong time, and the only reason I would ever step in and hand feed is if the parents are having issues...which has only ever happened once.

Co-Parenting is so much better for the chicks, and a lot easier than hand feeding. All of my chicks are raised being handled every day, they each get spoiled with one on one time and by the time they go home, they are completely tame and love people as much as a hand raised baby.

Hand feeding requires you to take time off of work, time out of school, and time away from your family and friends and busy schedule. Babies need to be fed every 2-4 hours (depending on how old they are when you start hand feeding), and you CAN NOT SKIP a feeding because you are busy doing something else.

They must be monitored and weighed every day to make sure they are gaining weight, the feeding formula has to be measured out so you know you are feeding enough, it must be the right temperature, otherwise it may scald their crop if it's too hot or they won't eat it at all if it's too cold. They must be kept in an incubator or equivalent, until they are able to keep warm themselves.....

The list is endless, so please don't try to do this !
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Please take the time to answer FaeryBee’s questions, if you are going to ask the forum any more questions about breeding. The link in FaeryBee’s post - “Guidance regarding breeding advice threads” explains our stance on the matter, and why we’re asking. Also good info from the breeders here.
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We generally don't answer questions with regard to breeding without knowing the poster's level of experience with budgies.

How old are the budgies you bred?
Based on what the pet store has told me, the male should be 2 and the female should be roughly 4 soon.
Do you know if they are related?
I cant know 100%, but they were purchased a year+ apart from each other from different stores
How much experience do you have with budgies in general?
I purchased my first parakeet in 2013, i think.
Is this the first time you've bred these two birds?
I have tried it once before thus the post i did in the past. The eggs were infertile.
How much research did you do prior to breeding?
I think my first interest in breeding them came a couple years ago. I remember reading all of the https://www.cutelittlebirdiesaviary....r-budgies.html and some other spots

I note that you made a thread regarding breeding back in 2017 and were asked questions at that time which you never bothered to answer...
I'm sorry about that. She cleaned herself and kept sitting on the eggs, just never developed

An individual needs to have a good background in basic budgie care and then do extensive research into the proper breeding practices prior to making the decision to accept the responsibility of the commitment required for breeding responsibly and ethically.

Guidance regarding Breeding Advice Threads

I would not recommend hand feeding the babies.
It is much better for you to do "co-parenting" rather than pulling the chicks from the parents.
Thank you for this information. My plan was to hand feed them sometimes, not all the time. Ill read the link you left me on co parenting, I didnt want to hand feed them in the first place because of the dangers, just to make them used to humans

Planned Co-Parenting for Raising Tame Chicks

Are you giving the hen calcium supplements in addition to the cuttle bone?
Cuttle bone, mashed egg with some shell in it, vegetables. I thought this was enough based off what i read. Do i need to buy water drops?

I strongly recommend you take the time to read all of the articles regarding breeding.
These will address most of your questions.

Budgie Breeding Articles
I'll read the links you have shared with me, thank you.
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A 4 year old hen is getting too old to be bred.
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