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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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My male Lutino budgie attacked my female Albino while she was on her then 2 eggs, and attacked her until she left the nest box. And then he attacked the eggs. And then she laid another egg and I removed the male.
I asked in a facebook group if it was ok, because I couldn't find anything online about this happening to anyone else.
They told me to put the male back in with the female, and so I did, only to lose that egg too. And it was heart breaking seeing her look for her eggs and scream while looking. I know my bird, she's usually tough, but when losing her eggs she was terrified. And no, she didn't leave the nesting box willingly, she was terrified and waited for him to leave right outside the box without leaving herself or eating, he forced her to leave.
So I removed him and put him in a cage with another bird, now he's much calmer. They already knew each other and are very good friends.
The albino laid 4 more eggs without the male in the cage, only 1 fertile and this morning the egg hatched.

And I know the male usually takes a big part in helping the female, but I don't know if he would kill the baby if he would go back in the cage. His cage is next to hers, and he has been friendly towards her when there's bars between them.

The cage where the albino female and baby are is big enough to fit probably 2 Cockatoos (not cockatiels), so it's not the space that's an issue.

I have never heard/read of a male budgie attacking his own eggs and mate.
I have only read that the female is typically the instigator in these situations, but not in this.

Their cages are also typically open whenever someone is home (and in the room). The albino doesn't want to leave her cage since she laid eggs; her main focus is to take care of them so I haven't had hers open except for a few times when the others were in theirs. But she still just wants to eat, poop and lay on her eggs. She has been such a good mama, so I'm anxious to let him back in with her, I don't want her to lose her baby after she has been doing so well. But I also don't want her to overwork herself and become ill.
So what do you recommend I do?

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Old 03-09-2019, 02:59 PM
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Oh, i'm so sorry to hear that your pair is having issue getting along.

It's not unheard of, but it is pretty rare, usually the males do take good care of their mates while nesting.

Years and years ago, this happened with one of my dad's breeding pairs, and the female didn't not survive the attacks, so it's a good thing you separated them.

If your hen only has one chick to look after, I'm sure she will do just fine on her own. Do not put the male back in, or you may lose both the hen and the chick.

In the future, do not allow this male to breed again.
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I agree with Michelle. Additionally, you shouldn't leave any cages open all day unsupervised, especially not the nesting female. She needs to focus on raising her chick (by herself!) so letting her out right now is not the best idea.

Best of luck with her!

Is this your first time breeding?
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Michelle is correct.
The male should never again be put in with the female budgie
The female should be kept in the cage during the time she is breeding. She needs to focus completely on her health and raising the baby.

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I do not let them be out of cage unsupervised. The hens cage has been opened a few times but she never leaves the cage so I stopped doing it.

And thank you all for your information, it helps alot. It's not my first time breeding, this has just never happened before.

But he will not be bred anymore and will not return to her cage, in case they get in the breeding mood again.
So thank you. It helps alot.
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I forgot to you to the forums!

It's good to have you here with us! I'm glad to hear you won't be breeding the male with her again. Best wishes to her and her chick - if you have any photos, we'd love to see them!

Also, if you have any questions about anything you see in the forums, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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