Breeding budgies is a risky thing. And before breeding your budgies, you need to make sure that you at least know the basics.
Over Populated and Badly Bred
Here in the US, there are hundreds if not thousands of unwanted or mistreated budgies. Part of this is due to over breeding. Some people will decide to try and make some quick bucks out of some budgies that they bought on the whim, and end up with disaster on their hands due to lack of knowledge. They probably didn’t know the first thing about breeding budgies, and may have end up breeding two underage, weak, and not physically capable of raising baby budgies. If the parents somehow managed to survive the egg laying, they probably still bred unhealthy and weak chicks. These chicks never managed to find a good home, and may have been bred later on to produce yet another clutch of bad and unhealthy chicks. This is how the ,any health problems of budgies appeared. Think about all the budgies with no homes before breeding too.
Breeding budgies require lots of time, money, and commitment. When breeding, anything can happen no matter how many precautions you may take. You always are risking lives or the health of your birds. I’m going to be honest with you, a lot of times you will feel like you just can’t do it. There are so many things to look after, to take care of.
Money is also another thing to keep in mind of. You will already be spending money on things
like nest boxes or cuttlebone. And veggies will be a daily money-sucker. Make sure you are willing to spend as much money as needed, and that you have it. You never know when a emergency vet appointment will need to be scheduled.
There will be a lot of heartbreak when breeding budgies. The death of chicks is not something that is unheard of. You can’t expect a zero-grade mortality rate. Not only that, but there are also several risks for the parent birds. They spend 24/7 looking after their clutch, and it can be very energy consuming. If they aren’t ready and built for the commitment, they may not make it out so well. There are things that need to be carefully looked after, such as egg binding. There are a few life-threatening conditions that can become present while breeding. In total, the life of your dear pets are in your hands when you breed. If you’re willing to take the risk, continue reading ahead.
After reading all that’s been said, hopefully you will realize what goes into breeding budgies. If you still feel like you can do it, and you’re willing to fully take on all responsibilities, continue reading!
So, now you know all the risks. And you still decide that you want to breed your budgies. There are a few things you need first. And when I say need, you really must have them. If you’re missing one, then things can go wrong.
Male and Female of age
Sunny cage placement
Medical Money Available
A toy or two
White, paper towel sheets
The Breeding Birds
When you have selected the birds you will be breeding, you need to make sure they have met all the requirements. If they haven’t, I suggest you don’t breed them. They aren’t ready.
Firstly, they need to be at least 1.5 – 2 years of age. This will ensure that they are physically ready and that their bodies are strong enough to bring up a needy clutch of chicks. They will be adults by this time, and they will have a sense of how to do so.
They also need to have a healthy background. Their life needs to have been full of veggies, toys, interaction, and lots of activity. A happy bird means a healthy bird. And they can’t have any illnesses such as the French molt, or this gene will be passed onto chicks. And no bird likes not being able to fly. They also can’t be sick. Before breeding, I’d highly suggest a vet check up. Make sure your birds are healthy and strong. If any illnesses show up, please don’t breed them until they have fully recovered.
They need to be in season. If they are, this will increase your chances of having a healthy and
successful clutch. There are a few ways to tell that a budgie is in season. In hens, the cere should a rich brown and crusty. Don’t confuse this with mites. A hen out of season will have a smooth peach cere. In males, the cere should be a bright and bold blue. It should be a brilliant blue, and have a completely smooth texture. A male out of season will have a slightly duller blue and won’t be as smooth.
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