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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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Okay so I have a budgie named Pudge who is very amusing to watch. I decided I was going to try to find him a mate but ended up with a mature breeding pair. The male is very good looking! I have bred cockatiels and canaries before so I am sort of familiar with breeding birds. The female has two eggs in the nest box right now. My first question would be what is the male supposed to be doing during all of this? He is just hanging out sort of near the box but I have never seen him enter it to help sit on the eggs. Also the eggs are touching the bottom of the nest box. Should I put more bedding in there? Or is she doing this on purpose?

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I'm glad to hear that you have some previous esperience in breeding, as this is never an adventure that you should go into without doing lots of reasearch and fully know what you are going to expect.

The male won't have much to do at this point. He will hang out and feed the hen, but he won't go into the nest box to sit on the eggs, that's the hen's job. (He may go in to feed her, but that's it)

When the eggs hatch, he will have a busy job keeping the hen fed, who will then feed the chicks. As the chicks get older, you'll start to see dad feeding them too.

The eggs are ok on the bottom of the nest box for now. I find that all of my hens will toss out any bedding that I put in there anyways. You don't want to distract her and keep her busy throwing out bedding, she needs to be sitting on those eggs.

Once the eggs hatch, you can add the bedding. She will be too busy feeding the chicks to be bothered with tossing it out. I usually line my nest with those thick "Shop Towels" (they are like super comfy paper towels and much more durable) and then I put the bedding on top of it. This will need to be changed EVERY DAY, and when the chicks get older, it will need to be done TWICE a day. It is very important to keep the nest box as clean and sanitary as possible.
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Breeding budgies is different than breeding cockatiels and canaries.

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. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.

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