Oh my gosh, she is his yellow hen sister. She was soooooooo sweet. Not as ginormous as Albert, but a fat baby nonetheless. I was able to maintain control and walked out with just a new perch and some toys. I'm not able to get them out of my mind though. There was also a yellow and turquoise male who was sweet as can be. Brothers and sisters naturally do not try to breed, do they? I don't want the other boys going crazy for her though either. She's soooooooo puffy and sweet, y'all. I just loved her. But I can't. I can't go buy her. Whoever does, though, is going to have a sweetheart hen. Sigh...
If it helps bolster your willpower, budgies do not have the same notions as people about sibling breeding. They would, indeed, try to breed if you brought home a hen, even though she's his clutch mate. Stay strong.
(The rest of us, though, are pretty much all considering a road trip I bet....)
I definitely won't bring the hen here. I have no fighting, ever. I have a nice, peaceful, calm flock. Sorry, sweet hen, I mean no disrespect to you, but you just might shake things up too much here. I know someone will love you and give you a great home. Yeah, I'm really thinking about the turquoise and yellow fellow. And then THAT'S IT. IF I do that. Everyone seems so settled and fine as we are. The older boys are kind to Albert and this morning when Albert was playing with a foot toy, Oliver started playing with a different one. It's like his spunk and fun are contagious. I don't want anything to change.
Brothers and sister budgies WILL try to breed and you definitely don't want to bring a female into a mix with three males.
Then you'd probably end up getting two additional females and there is no guarantee everybirdie will get along or that you would be able to discourage breeding without completely separating the (then SIX) birds by gender.
Yeah, it's possible to discourage egg laying but the only way to be 100% certain is to cage the genders separately.
On the other hand, getting the cute little boy would round your flock out to a nice even number of four which would help ensure that none of the three you currently have gets treated as "the third wheel".
Kudos for your control. Just keep saying to yourself "I don't need to have Albert's sister, I don't need to have Albert's sister..." Good luck with that, and post some pics when you bring her home.
Ha ha ha. I'm way too old not to have learned my lessons about "it's probably not a good idea, but maybe I could make it work". I'd love to have that sweet baby hen, but no way. One last male might be doable. You can feel the peace among everyone right now. Even the parrotlets are 90% of the time peaceful with the budgies. The only squabbling might be if the older parrotlet wants something the budgie has and he chases him. But there's no fighting in my house. It's a nice energy here. I have a large aquarium and you always hear rolling water. Even the maintenance man said it's nice working in my house with water sounds and birds chirping.
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