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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 11-04-2018, 11:08 PM
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Question Budgie layed eggs before fledging the chicks she already has

So today around noon i come home from church to find that one of my budgie chicks has gotten out of their nesting box and is sitting on the floor, this is ok since it is already fully feathered. Later i go to a birthday party and when i come home i check in the nesting box to see why the mother is inside with the other chick, and there is another egg inside. She has legit has had only a little over a month rest from the time she had layed her last egg, i had seen the male courting her for a few days now but only in the mornings, I didn't think of it much, it being the middle of fall i didn't expect them to just lay another clutch.
Now i am just wondering what i should do, i was planning to remove the nesting box when the babies were fledged but now i probably cant. I'm just worried for the mother's health because last time she had layed 11 eggs and i don't want her to exhaust herself. I was thinking to maybe sell the eggs to someone that can care for them, or maybe donate them to a local breeder because i doubt it is very wise to allow her to care for 2 clutches in a row.

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Old 11-05-2018, 09:13 AM
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Letting budgies raise one clutch after another is not advised, since it is very hard on the parents. It seems like you already know this, so that's great!

You can remove the female from the breeding cage and put her into her cage to let her recuperate after raising a clutch of babies. Dad will continue to look after the chicks that are still left.

You can remove the egg that she laid, and not let her incubate it. Since it was JUST laid, there is no life in it, so you don't need to feel guilty.
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Letting budgies raise one clutch after another is not advised, since it is very hard on the parents. It seems like you already know this, so that's great!

You can remove the female from the breeding cage and put her into her cage to let her recuperate after raising a clutch of babies. Dad will continue to look after the chicks that are still left.

You can remove the egg that she laid, and not let her incubate it. Since it was JUST laid, there is no life in it, so you don't need to feel guilty.
But if i move the female into another cage wont she just continue to lay eggs? what am i to do about that?
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How much experience have you had with breeding?

You need to remove the egg(s) immediately and dispose of them. As indicated, there is no life in the egg at this time. Disposing of it is like disposing of a chicken egg you buy at the store.

Move the hen to a cage of her own and take the necessary steps to throw her out of the breeding cycle. The cage should be in a different room from the cage where the male and chicks are being housed. The male should care for the chicks until they are fully weaned.

This means limiting her daylight to no more than 8 hours per day. Limit the protein in her diet and rearrange her cage every other day.

The hen may stop laying immediately but 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.

If a hen begins a cycle and you remove the egg(s) and start action to break the cycle, she will often continue to lay until the changes in the environment trigger her body to stop.

If that happens, simply dispose of each egg as soon as it is laid.

Make sure she is getting calcium supplements during this time as her body is going to need to be replenished after having a full clutch and starting another.

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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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Hi Daniil and to the forums!

You've been given great advice above. It's important to remove the eggs as she lays them to throw her from the breeding cycle. As stated, there is no life in the eggs until they have been incubated steadily for at least two days; it's the same as throwing away a chicken egg from the grocery store before then. Once the female is in a separate cage, follow the steps FaeryBee listed above

Be sure to read through all the budgie articles and "stickies" we have on the forums. Most of them are linked above! They are a great source of information to keep you updated on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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