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.
Ok, so, first I'll start off with some background info before I ask my questions so everyone knows the situation.
I have four budgies. 2 male, 2 female. They are all over a year old (I don't know their hatching dates but I was toldby the vet they were about 3 months when I got them. So the youngest of them, my opaline female is about 18months old.
I have had plans to breed them and they have been on breeding diet for 3months prior to the nest boxes being put in. The nest boxes went in 17 days ago. The eldest female (white) has egg bum. She started to develop the bump and signs she was going to lay but didn't. After a few days and no eggs, I took her to the vet. The vet, who is an avian specialist, told me there was no egg but she was perfectly healthy and had no signs of problems. I tried to ask why she had the bump if there was no eggs but didn't get an answer. It's been a few days since then and she hasn't laid but when I gently stroke her abdomen, I can feel an egg, so she should lay soon. This is her second time laying a clutch - the first time she had to get induced by the vet because she wouldn't lay. She wasn't egg bound or unwell, just didn't lay. The vet told me it could just be because it was her first time. After she was induced, she laid the other 4 eggs successfully on her own. Unfortunately, they were infertile eggs.
The younger female has no eggs yet but has a lot of interest in the nest box, although she sleeps outside the entrance cuddled up to her male (green).
The white female is paired with a blue male, he is very attentive to her. I have trimmed around his vent because he is an English mix, so has thick down around the vent.
3months peckish breeder pellets
Now on vetafarm crumble
Fresh veggies everyday
Told by the vet to put a supplement in their water (both pairs) so they have that everyday as well.
Have access to cuttlebone and all perches are native wood.
My questions are:
How can I ensure or help my female lay her eggs safely and healthily?
What could cause her to have the egg bump but no egg?
How long should I wait before switching pairs? -all 4 are group bonded and get along well with each other. Although the females are prone to light scuffles on occasion.
I have researched already but would like a second opinion, especially from anyone that's breeded before.