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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 02-07-2019, 04:49 PM
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This is my first time breeding a pair of budgies. I know this will probably instigate the third degree about my animal husbandry skills. Every good breeder has to start somewhere yes? I have read extensively. Especially all the literature available on cutelittlebirdiesaviary.com. I have a nest box with a concave bottom and unscented pine shavings. I'm providing my birds with fresh veggies and home-made egg food. My cage is enormous... 36x55x21. I have a set up for my babies when they are ready, a vet I can use if necessary, and hand feeding supplies if needed . My hen has laid an egg every other day like clockwork. There are four eggs so far. My boy is super attentive. Eating a lot and consistently feeding my hen. They both look awesome and everything seems to be going perfectly. My question is is it normal for him to enter the nest box and hang out in there with her? I listened closely, they are not really moving around in there at all... Just cooing super softly. He spent probably an hour in there with her. He's out now. Everything seems fine...I just want some reassurance that it is?

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It sounds as though you have done your research and are well prepared which is great!
I do have a just a couple of questions you didn't address in your initial post.

What is the age of each of your budgies?
Are you certain they are not related?

The fact that the male is hanging out in the nest box along with the female is just fine.
It sounds as though he is taking very good care of her.

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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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Thank you for reassuring me. He spent more time in there last night so I quietly peaked in the box to see what they were doing...and they were both huddled over the eggs! And looked up at me like "What did you think we were doing in here??!"

Yes I am sure they are not related, and they are both just over a year old.

I bought them with the hope they would pair up as youngsters and they immediately loved each other. I'm thinking the cage light I installed on a timer for 11 hours on 6am-5pm may have helped. My plan after this clutch is to shorten the "day" time to 8-9 hours. Also to remove the nest box. And remove him to a separate cage if they start mating again. Since it's their first and they are pretty young I'm thinking they will need a break. Is there any other tricks to keeping them from going for another clutch? They seem like a very industrious pair!
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Good job on doing a lot of research before letting your birds breed

The daylight you mentioned, is that a full spectrum sun light?
My vet advises not to run them for more than 4-5 hours a day. So with that in mind, I run mine in the middle of the day (When natural sunlight would be at it's peak) for 4 hours.

You may need to seperate the parents before they are fully finished raising the chicks. If you find that the female is getting broody again, or if you see her pecking at the chicks or trying to mate again, remove her from the cage. Yes, remove the HEN, and dad will take over with raising the chicks on his own. This will be safe to do when the chicks are around 3-4 weeks old.
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I'm so glad you've done such extensive research before breeding your budgies It's obvious you want the best for your birds and are well prepared to do so

I look forward to hearing more about your breeding journey! Feel free to make a post in the "Breeding Journals" subforum when the time comes
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