Budgie BreedingBefore 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.
Hello everyone! I’m sorry it’s a lot to read but I don’t know how else to explain it.
I would like some advice with an issue that has left me puzzled. So I have an outdoor avairy with about 10 budgies. I live in Florida but sometimes the temperatures drop a little bit so I like to keep some snuggly places for them to stay warm just in case and to play around in too. Well I've noticed that two of my females, who are albino sisters, have made one of those things into a nest and are incubating eggs in that tiny space. They litterally need to have wings overlap because of how small the area is. From what I can see, there about 6 eggs in there and they are fertile (Ive candled some of them). There are many other “nests” like those in the cage but they choose to squeeze in that one. I haven’t seen any males around them and they don’t interact with anyone else and have no clue who the eggs are from. Ive tried hanging another “nest” right beside theirs today in hopes one of them will maybe move out and I can move some of the eggs there. But when I came to look at them, one of them flew out and went to some celery that is planted in the cage and started to nibble and spread it all over herself and inbetween her feathers, now shes covered her white feathers in green. I’ve had some experience breeding budgies but I’ve never herd of neither the nest sharing or plant spreading behaviors before from parakeets. I hope someone here can give me some sort of explanation for their weird behavior and maybe offer me some advice on what to do. Thanks!!
Anytime you have mixed genders in a cage or aviary, you should be doing everything possible to discourage breeding.
At this time, I would recommend moving each of the hens into an individual breeding cage with it's own proper nest box with a concave bottom.
Put 1/2 of the eggs in each and hope the hens will continue to incubate them.
You are going to need to be ready to step in with supplemental feedings since you have no idea which of the males are the fathers so the females will have to raise the chicks on their own.
While the situation is far from ideal, the best suggestion is above. The only thing you can do at this point is to split up the eggs with the hens, without knowing who’s are who’s.
Please read the links given to you above, and the Stickies and Articles. Especially right now the breeding section Stickies. The links will explain the reasons we do not condone colony breeding in an aviary. Good luck.
Thank you everyone for the reply and advice! I wasn’t trying to start colony breeding, I just wanted to give them a more natural and bigger environment to be in. I will try to prevent this from happening again. At the moment, one of the hens is wandering out more often and I think she’s starting to lose interest. If not, I will try to separate them like stated above. I have all the materials for hand rearing ready if necessary. Thanks again
Even if one of the hens loses interest, you will still need to move the remaining nesting hen and clutch into an individual breeding cage for safety's sake. Chances of one of the other birds attacking the chicks are high in a colony setting.