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Lightbulb I want to get my grey budgie a mate help me please

I had a female budgie once she died because she had maaany issues anyway from your post I saw that the cere color changes with breeding conditions .. so she had her cere brown not white does that mean that she laid eggs in her life ? or she is pregnant
she was light blue btw

next thing is my budgie (male) is grey I'm not even sute that this is his type name .. and actually with all the tame and stuff he refuse to be petted and scratched and all (it's just his nature and I got it ..) we wanted to get him a hen and I suggested her to be a british budgie I read that they are gentle and doesnt bite much even the untamed ones' my questions are :
1- do british one's prefer to be petted more ? and because of their larger size should i be scared of the bite also it's a hen i guess it would be multiplied pain

2- for the color I wish that their babies would be colored instead of grey like the dad any suggestions ? and should i look closely for their cere color when i choose the hen ?

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:30 AM
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Sorry I'm a little bit confused...There's a lot going on in this post. First, a bird can't be pregnant first of all since she lays eggs -- the babies develop inside the eggs and not her body...A dark cere just means she is in biological condition to bear young. It has to do with health, hormones, and maturity and every female budgie should eventually obtain a brownish cere when they are old enough -- by about a year.

As for your other questions, PLEASE do PLENTY of research before you even consider the possibility of allowing your budgies to breed. Until then, get your budgie a male companion. They will do just as well and can develop a very close bond. Plus you said you want one that prefers to be petted more anyway. Boys are usually less bitey (not always though). Slowly introduce them and they should be find. If you want an English budgie (English, not British), that should be fine, though I don't know much about them.

I am very careful about even allowing the possibility of my budgies breeding because I am a college student and I can't afford to supervise all the uncertainties when it comes to breeding over my heavy workload during the semester. That is why I purposely am maintaining a flock of all the same gender at the moment. You should be aware that in any clutch, there is always a possibility that you will have to handfeed the babies yourself (every few hours by spoon/syringe for weeks) if the parents abandon them or end up attacking them, which is not at all uncommon. You are placing their lives in your hands. It is a HUGE responsibility and even if you come in with good intentions, if you haven't done thorough research it is SOO easy to mess up and have blood on your hands.

Also, make sure you research on this site the quarantine procedure, the cage size requirements for two birds, and how to introduce them. But you should get your budgie a companion. They get lonely easily. Good luck. Just ask if you have anymore questions.
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I understand that you got confused , I sent this post as a message to a user in this forum and sadly I got no responce .. so I erased the first few lines and posted it here ...

I'm interested in budgies and I take a good care of mine (i hope)
never get him bored and let him fly in a safe room everyday .. feeding babies isn't a problem for me .. splayed legs and (the egg that stays inside the hen is a problem ) i dont know what this is called ...

I'm hoping to get a colored babies since mine is grey and I tried to educate myself in this mutation and genetics stuff .. just useless reading didn't get anything

and I asked about english budgies if they prefer getting petted more cuz mine bites as hell
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1st, BEFORE getting another birds, I would suggest reading the stickies at the top of the breeding page. Make sure they're on the right diet, have the right age, condition etc. There is a lot to consider.
Also, there is no evidence to say that english budgies prefer to be petted more. There are english budgies that are terrified of your hands and there are normal type budgies which are extremely affectionate. You just need to put in the effort of spending time with them everyday.
As for getting other colours than gre, if your bird is a single factor grey, getting a normal type bird will get you 1/2 the chicks with grey and 1/2 the chicks with the colour of the hen. If you have a double factor grey bird, you will get 100% grey chicks
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I understand that you got confused , I sent this post as a message to a user in this forum and sadly I got no responce .. so I erased the first few lines and posted it here ...

I'm interested in budgies and I take a good care of mine (i hope)
never get him bored and let him fly in a safe room everyday .. feeding babies isn't a problem for me .. splayed legs and (the egg that stays inside the hen is a problem ) i dont know what this is called ...

I'm hoping to get a colored babies since mine is grey and I tried to educate myself in this mutation and genetics stuff .. just useless reading didn't get anything

and I asked about english budgies if they prefer getting petted more cuz mine bites as hell
If you think it's "useless reading," I don't see how you will be able to fully educate yourself to breed, honestly. You should be very knowledgeable about budgies before considering breeding. Wait a few more years and then see. If your budgie bites like hell, it's probably due to a training issue. If you want your budgie to stop biting, don't react to the biting and don't provoke him to situations where he will bite. You have to train him slowly and get him to trust you. View the stickies in the training section of this site for more info. You need to learn more about your own budgie's care to start before you can start thinking of the care of a clutch of babies, especially when it comes to health first of all. That's good that you let him fly everyday and keep him stimulated. Keep learning! I learn something new everyday with this site. I would love to gradually learn about things like mutations, budgie health, baby sex identification, and breeding practices. But these subjects are vast and very tricky, but I figure, with the help of this site, I get a little practice everyday, and maybe one day I'll feel at a place in my life where I am ready to breed and maintain a larger flock and all the responsibilities that coincide.

Here is the link to a chart by member Lindsey on the breeding expectations Ice Cream described. https://cutelittlebirdiesaviary.weebl...ectations.html Lindsey is a very exceptional breeder and makes it look easy, but she has years of experience.
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yes, research is absolutely vital. I had a friend who was heartbroken after she recklessly rushed into breeding her budgies. Seeing as she knew almost nothing about breeding, it wasn't a surprise that she couldn't handle (or even identify) the many complications that occurred, resulting in the deaths of some of the babies. Even though I was also very sad, I couldn't help but wonder why on earth she would have tried it in the first place. You can avoid all of this by doing LOADS of research. And also, remember, budgies are not about appearances. They should be loved for who they are, not what colour they are. SO please do not be too focused on that. Ensure that there is also a responsible, enlightened adult who should be the main person with breeding.
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^^^ agreed
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