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.
(I can feel the collective shudder from the admins... Hopefully Iíve educated myself, though!)
So, Iíve had budgies before, and Iíve always wanted to breed at some point, but I never have. Iíve read all the breeding stickies and I am re-Reading them now.
I found an experienced, well regarded breeder who will set me up with three pairs of unrelated, suitable to be bred from, budgies. He does live hours away from me, so although Iím sure he will be available for email and phone advice, itís not like I will be able to pop in every time I have a problem.
I have bought a Prevue Hendryx F050 cage, and will be buying separate breeding cages if and when the time comes to breed them (they will be 3-4 months old when they arrive, so I will have almost a year at least to get to know them and get things ready before I decide whether to breed them or not. If it happens that I donít breed (decide not to, or canít for some reason) I donít hugely mind, Iíd quite like having a little flock anyway. So no biggie.
I will make sure I have found someone who knows how to hand feed locally who can show me if needed before deciding to breed, and an avian vet. I will also make sure they are healthy, eating a good diet etc (if they donít, I wonít breed them.)
Does that all sound ok SO FAR? I will come back with more questions and have more questions to answer, Iím sure, but just trying to establish the basics.
They will be English Recessive Pieds, which is a colour I absolutely ADORE, and I am so excited to have a chance to breed them, although I will only do that if I have everything right for the welfare of the birds, of course.
I didn't shudder it is good that you are doing the proper preparation and not jumping into it, we are not against responsible breeding. It is just that often people breed for the wrong reasons and get into problems because of inexperience, lack of knowledge and not having the means or support to deal with whatever happens and that is not fair to the birds. If you talk to breeders you will find out that it is not all fun and games. The question I have is what are you planning to do with the offspring? I could never breed my birds because I would not want to part with any of the babies.
Heheh no, I thought that you would shudder when you read the title... I was hoping youíd be a bit reassured after you read the post!
So, I recently met this lady who owns a pet shop, and she breeds hand tame budgies (pet style) from her own birds, that live in her own aviary. She has a waiting list and every clutch she has is sold within a couple of days -there is t anyone else who breeds already tame budgies around here! My ones are going to be quite an unusual and attractive pattern also (if I breed) -so I would probably keep some, and sell some. If it seems like I canít part with them (they donít sell or I canít bring myself to) I would just keep them and not breed again. This lady I mention would hopefully be one person I could go to for help if I had a problem, too (I will check with her, but I think she has hand-fed some of hers, for example.) I have met her birds and other animals, and they are well looked after and pretty tame and cuddly!
I mean, one reason I want to breed is because I adore this variety, and I would love to have some that I have bred and tamed myself. I’ve been looking for ages for a recessive pied. But I equally am posting here so early on because I genuinely want to do my best to prepare and do it right (and want to start early so I have time to learn all I need before they would be ready to breed) -and if by that time I am not ready, I just won’t breed them. But I hope I will be able to.
I'm very glad you are doing all the necessary research.
It's great to read you understand the importance of ensuring the birds have the correct health and temperament before deciding whether breeding will be a good idea when the time comes.
I would encourage you to co-parent rather than hand-rearing the offspring if you do breed in the future. The chicks will be much healthier and happier and will be just as "tame" as those that are hand-reared.
Gosh yes, I’m not intending to hand rear unless I need to! I just wanted to have someone who can show me want to do if a chick ends up needing hand feeds!
So one question I had is: When the time comes, I would ideally like to put all my pairs in the breeding boxes at the same time -so I have available foster parents for any needy eggs or chicks. When you have a flock, do they all tend to come to breeding condition at the same time? (Does the first pair that is ready put the rest of them “in the mood” LOL) I know you can do things like extra protein and daylight to nudge them on, but just wondering.
Do people wait for them to BE bonded and in breeding condition before putting a pair in the breeding box, or do they just select the male and female they prefer to breed and stick them in together and let proximity work it’s magic? I am wondering because I have read that budgies tend to form permanent bonds, but show breeders I’ve seen just break and re-arrange pairs constantly every season.