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Hey guys. I've got 8 budgies in total. 4 of them are still young and I have 2 pairs ready to breed. Each pair are separated in a cage with a nest box. I give them millet seeds, carrots, greens, cuttlebone, water, breadcrumps, and crushed boiled eggs.

So my questions concerns one pair. The female budgie's cere is white but it seems that she is ready to breed...is this possible or not as the cere should only be brown?

The female budgie has been entering the nest box for 4 consecutive days, she enters, spends approx 3-4 minutes and then pop her head out and after sometimes, get inside again, she spends time outside as well and after 20-30 minutes, she goes back to the nest box. she spends most time in the nest box in the morning. In the afternoon, she comes out, stays with the male budgie and I think she stays out of the nest box at night. So, she's been going in and out for 4 days now. I've seen the male budgie eating really quick when she comes out and then went to feed her several times. The male budgie's cere is becoming real blue.

The female's cloaca is not swollen and I had a look inside the nest box today and there were no eggs at all. I've never seen them mate but kissing and feeding several times. what is happening? is this normal because she's been going in and out of the nest box since 4 days now.

This pair never laid eggs before and this is the first time am breeding budgies.:budgie::budgie:
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

Hopefully you've done a great deal of research before deciding to breed your budgies. ;)

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Welcome to talk budgies. I am no breeder but it sound's like your **** is near breeding condition and the hen is not. Deb has given you a great list of the very best breeding info which you will want to have a good grasp of before proceeding. Hopefully some of our breeder's here will weigh in and give you some advice...:)
 

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Thanks for the replies and yes I've been researching for many days now but I've some doubts. And for the breeding condition of the hen, I've read various time that hens lay eggs even with a white cere. But she's been in the nest box for 4-5 days coming in and out various times normally in the morning. why is it so? is it the procedure before laying eggs?
 

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Hello, usually a hens cere will be brown when she is in condition and ready to receive the ****'s advances.
It does sound like the **** is coming into condition as Randy has mentioned, May I ask how old your budgies are?
 

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Approx 1 year...It's not compulsory that the hen's cere need to be brown in order to breed. Brown cere just mean that she is in top breeding condition but she can still breed if it's white. My main concern is that the hen has been going in and out of the nest box for nearly 4 days now, usually in the morning. She stays there like 2-3 minutes, pop head out and then go back again, repeat mode. She stays out of the nest in the afternoon and at night. is this normal? is she going to lay eggs? Is she preparing the nest box to lay eggs. Never saw them mate but kissing and feeding various times.
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Your hen could be getting ready to lay but as you have said there is no egg bum, or other signs of mating even , she may just be curious as to what the nest is all about. Has she been eating more lately, has she produced larger and runnier than normal droppings these are signs of egg production.
Has she been really going for the calcium bell, this another sign or chewing any wooden perches or toys.
 

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Eating more? Yes, actually it's the **** who is eating more and then feeds the hen. I didn't saw bigger droppings. I have this pair since only 2-3 weeks but I really want to know why the hen is so interested in the nest box. They keep preening, kissing each other. She's in and out of the nest box very often...has anyone of you guys experienced a similar situation? and the he hen laid eggs maybe? I saw both the **** and hen inside of the nest box today but only for a few seconds.:S
 

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I feel the best indicator of the hen getting ready to lay is when she begins chucking out nesting material from the nest box. Once shes begun doing that , the other signs are sure to follow . As of now , it seems your hen is just investigating the nest box.
Regarding the cere , a crusty brown cere is the norm for hens when they're in breeding condition. Weirdly , the first hen I ever bred maintained a blue/white cere throughout the whole breeding process right from mating all the way till the chicks fledging.
 
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