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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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I've had a pair of budgies for 2 years and last week I noticed my female's poops were big. So I bought a nest box and placed it inside the cage. I've been gone for a week (my family took care of them). Today I cam back and when I looked in the nest box, no eggs. Then I looked at the cage floor, THERE WAS AN EGG!

The female seems to ignore it, doesn't seem to incubate it. I could only find 1 egg. Her poops are no longer big, just watery and weird. She stays on the top perch with the male like normal.


Is the egg infertile? Why is there only 1 egg? Does anyone think she'll lay more? Any theories on why did she not use the nesting box?

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Here is a place to get even better info than I can provide: https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...e-threads.html

Why are you trying to get your bird to lay an egg? You should be sure you have a lot of experience and knowledge before you begin breeding. Take the nest box out and throw out the egg. It is not going to hatch if it has not been kept warm and may not be fertile. Rearrange the cage and keep a careful eye on the male and female that they are not mating.

I don't think a change in poop size or consistency is a regular sign of a bird ready to lay. You should keep an eye on this and you may need to take your bird in to the vet if you continue to see any unusual symptoms or behavior. I am by no means an expert, so this is the advice of an amateur.

Hope all goes well with your female!
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Hello, welcome to the forum

Here at Talk Budgies, we’re an educational forum which encourages responsible keeping of budgies according to best practices. We never condone accidental breeding.

The best you can do at this time, is toss the egg and take the nestbox out immediately. Rearranging the cage; placing toys, dishes, and even perches in a new location can help get their mind off of breeding mode. Additionally, reducing the number of daylight waking hours for your budgies will help disrupt the cycle too.

If you haven’t already, please read the Stickies in each of the forum sections. You’ll find lots of helpful advice as well as many questions answered. Also, click on the black and white banner near the top of the page, which says Announcement for All Members. If after you’ve read the material you have additional questions, please ask.
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This is NOT accidental breeding. I wanted them to breed for months. I wanted to learn how to breed and raise budgies, always giving them a high-quality diet. I didn't expect them to breed after a while due to the female's temperament. So I never bought a nest box. Only when I saw her poops I realized this was going to happen.
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How long have you kept budgies? How much research have you done on breeding budgies? Would you know what to do if anything went wrong, or if the hen failed to raise the chicks? What have you fed them in preparation for breeding? Do you know positively that the two aren’t related? How old are they?

And finally... what is your reason for wanting to breed your budgies? What would you do with the chicks?

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

We hope you understand that this questioning is not meant to be rude or condescending. The link above, in case you haven’t read it yet, explains Talk Budgies stance on this topic.
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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.

An egg is not viable until it has been incubated consistently for three days straight.
You need to remove the egg and dispose of it.

Is this the first time you've owned budgies?
I recognize you indicate you've had the birds for two years, but how old are each of the budgies you currently have?
Do you know if the pair are related?
Did you get them from a pet-store or a breeder?
What conditioning diet have you been providing them?
Are both budgies in good health?
You mentioned you didn't expect this pair to breed due to the female's temperament.
Please elaborate. Is the female aggressive? If so, she should not be bred.

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

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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