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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 11-07-2018, 12:55 AM
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Hello everyone! Today I discovered an egg inside the birdhouse thats inside my budgies' cage. A few weeks ago I had put cotton nesting material inside the birdhouse but my girl Melody took it all out. And today I discovered an egg! I was wondering what some good nesting material would be. I saw on amazon dot com a nesting material with holder called Heritage Farms 64006BNW Wooden Bird Nester and I was wondering if that would be good, or what else I could use?

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Hey Alan:

First of all, you should remove the egg and toss it, and remove the cotton, and remove the birdhouse.

You should never put a breeding box inside the cage at all times and just "wait to see" what happens. Budgies do not need a box to sleep, etc. and you should only be breeding budgies if you have been researching it for months. If you had done sufficient research, you would know that the correct nesting material are pine shavings, and that there is a specific way to set up a nest box

I'm sorry if this sounds rude or pretentious, that was not the intention; we just all have your budgies' best interests at heart and know that the best thing to do for your girl right now is to toss the egg (there is no life in the egg until it has been incubated for several consecutive days; at this stage it is the same as throwing out a chicken egg from the store) and remove the nest and nesting material. Cotton nesting material is very dangerous as it will cause crop impaction to potential chicks or the parents if they ingest it, either accidentally or on purpose.

You should discourage your budgies from breeding at this time with the information provided in this link: https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...want-eggs.html

If you'd like to breed your budgies in the future, there's a lot of research you should do! Here's a few links to get you started:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...e-threads.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...r-budgies.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/306-budgie-breeding/
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:49 PM
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Alan,

You've only had budgies since April.
If you'd read the stickies and links provided when you joined the forum, you would know that giving birds a nest box is not following best practices.

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You have neither the knowledge nor the experience to even consider breeding at this time.
Allowing them to do so is putting your budgies at risk.

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.

Please follow the advice Starling Wings has given.
Remove the egg and dispose of it right away.
Remove the nest box and begin the process to throw your birds out of condition.

Limit daylight hours to no more than 8 hours per day.
Limit protein in the diet.
Rearrange the cage every couple of days and move it into different rooms if possible.
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Hi Alan, you’ve been given excellent advice above . This is not meant to be harsh, but the purpose of this forum is to give owners the knowledge to provide their budgies with the best care possible.

It is pretty much an “old school” way of keeping budgies, for pet owners to give them a nestbox and see what happens. There are many considerations (genetics, temperament, age, preparation diet, knowledge if something goes wrong, and much more) to keep in mind when legitimately and responsibly breeding. Breeding isn’t for everyone. Most pet budgies are much happier and stress free when not breeding.

Please read the links given to you above from StarlingWings and FaeryBee, and remove that nestbox immediately .
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