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Mutations and Genetics Learn about budgie genetics and the wide variety of mutations.

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Hi Team,

We have a pair of budgies since last 6 months. Not sure of their age as we bought them from local pet shop. Since last week, we saw one of them is trying to climb on another during mid day time. They are very much bonded and they feed & care each other daily. Is it the act of mating? The cage is big and they play a lot inside. No nest box is attached so far.

Please suggest what should we do. If they are planning for a family, we are ok with it.

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Old 04-08-2016, 02:16 AM
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Hi to the forum!

It's nice when we have birds who get along with each other. But, we need to also be responsible with their health and wellbeing. It is strongly advised that you do not breed your pet birds. Keep them as the pets you intended instead.

Have you given it a thought about what if something goes wrong with the parents raising the chicks? Things go 'wrong' pretty commonly. It takes a lot of knowledge, experience, and time, in order to intervene and successfully save the lives of tiny chicks. Even in the event that everything comes out well and the chicks end up fine, what will you do with all of the extra birds?

Here is some information on how to set up your budgies environment to discourage breeding. Good luck . https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html
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I had two budgies the same, they started mating when the hen came into her first season. I followed the steps in the When we dont want eggs guide- reduced their daylight hours, and even seperated them for a while.
It worked very well for me and I dont have the worry of chicks and risking my hens health with me not being prepared for chicks.

Good luck. :-)
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Actually I'm okay with them breed. I believe it's natural process and we have plenty of space to keep the chicks. Would like to get suggestion on what need to do for better chances of getting them safely reproduce.
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As you are new to budgies, it's best not to encourage breeding until you are fully prepared and researched on their care. It's best to follow the steps provided and start to research about budgie care in general and then learn how you can help your budgies be in the best shape for breeding.
It is natural for your budgies to want to breed, but that is the same for all animals and we don't let them all breed just because it's natural.

The very first problem you could have with your birds is that as they were from the same pet shop it is very likely they are siblings and breeding with them would not be advisable at all in this case.
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Hi there,

You have been previously advised on this very subject on your first thread.
You are still relatively new to budgie ownership and haven't yet taken the time to do the required research which will help you be better equipped and prepared to assist your pair and future chicks. The first step really is to take a more active role in getting to know your budgies, to study their behaviours, learn how to read and decipher their body language and how they interact with you and among themselves, in short to gain experience by taking a real interest in your budgies and being really open to learn by watching them.

The decision to breed comes with a whole lot of responsibility and commitment, the lives of the breeding pair and the chicks are depending on you and the response you give if/when faced with adversity.
Things like being able to tell if your breeding pair is in good health and top physical condition to go through breeding; when a hen is expecting an egg or if she is showing the first signs of being egg bound; when a chick is having developmental problems, not being fed or showing signs of dehydration;
when there is aggression, abandonment and neglect of the chicks and it's solely up to you to feed and raise the chicks. The ability to detect early on and solve these issues can truly make a difference on the outcome of your breeding journey.

Also the "letting nature take its course" motto is really not the best approach, these are pet birds hatched and raised in captivity for many generations and the "rules of the wild" don't apply to them because given the conditions in some cases they can breed to exhaustion and this would seriously impact the health of the breeding pair, leading in extreme cases to death.
Any chicks hatched from parents who are not in the best shape health wise will also directly suffer the consequences, they will be weaker and more predisposed to have illnesses and as a consequence, their lifespan will be greatly reduced.

It's also worthy of note that any potential chicks you might have, you would have to either take very strict measures to avoid matings/breeding or you would have to house the chicks separately by gender (males in one cage, females in another cage) in order to avoid inbreeding.
The same thing goes with housing the parents with the chicks.

For your current situation, it would be best to discourage your pair from breeding by following the recommendations on the link Julie has given you.
There is a wealth of information on budgie care and breeding on the articles and sticky threads. You can start by checking the info here at the Budgie Breeding section.

Also be sure to read this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html
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Hi!

You've been given great advice by the previous posters and I do hope you take it to heart.

Contrary to what people might have you believe, budgies aren't "easy" to breed. You can't simply put in a nesting box and expect them to hatch and raise chicks "like in the wild". For the very reasons Aluz stated above, hundreds of things could go wrong and it's up to you to be well versed in all information regarding budgies and their breeding habits and needs to ensure your pair is healthy, fit for the task, and thus the chicks are in good health.

I would urge you not to consider breeding until you've done the necessary research to do so
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Greetings welcome aboard.you just gotten some truly wonderful advice from our friends here.some of our friends have bred budgies before.but I'm very sure they gained vast amounts of knowledge from other breeders and have taken many precautions,preparation and months,years before doing so.a huge responsibility and commitment.a lot of things can go wrong.and I'm sure you want nothing butI the best and safety,care and health of your budgies.I hope I'm not saying anything wrong.but I have a great respect and understanding for our dedicated friends on here,who only want to help. I trust them all with there knowledge and expertise on budgies. I wish you well and many happy years with your budgies.remember knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.blessings always.
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

It is important you understand the goal of Talk Budgies is to promote the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.

As such, we do not believe those without basic budgie knowledge and experience with budgies are ready to accept the responsibility of breeding in an ethical and responsible manner. Breeding is not something which should ever be undertaking without extensive research and needs to be built on a solid foundation of basic knowledge.

Take the time to get to know your budgies and use the resources of the forums to learn as much as you possibly can.

In the meantime please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

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