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Any advice on breeding budgies?

post #1 of 8
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Hi, i have a female budgie laying on some eggs at the moment. At first when she started laying the other female would go into the breeding box and smash all of her eggs. So I finally separated them both and she started laying again. Last time I checked she had 2 eggs, anyway, to the point. I don't know what to do when they hatch so could anyway help me out here? Any ideas?:thumbsup

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Budgie hens lay six to eight eggs in a clutch-an egg every two days. When they hatch each will be two days different in age-this is normal. The eggs begin to hatch in 18 days then another chick will hatch every other day until all have hatched. Both male and female feed the chicks and be aware that the hen will start a second clutch before the first ones are weaned-as the hen broods the second clutch the male will care for the first chicks. Often, both batches will be in the same nest box.

When breeding two females should not be in the same cage. They become jealous and will destroy each other's nests. breaking eggs, killing chicks, and even killing each other.

No special care is needed after the chicks hatch; the parents do all the work. Feed them well. Maybe some hard boiled egg yolk mixed with bread crumbs. Spray millet is also good to give the parents to feed their chicks as well as their normal seed mixture. Budgies feed their young through regurgitation.

If you have other questions I will be happy to answer them. I raised budgies for decades; both English and standard budgies.
Edited by nchls school - 8/25/15 at 7:37am
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sorry, i have not been on here for a while.

thank you so much for the advice:D a chick hatched 3 weeks and 2 days ago and has successfully grown up, soon it will leave the nest. Since then my other female has not harmed either the chick of the other mum. Today the other female gave me a shock and i found a baby chick in her nest. it only hatched today and there are still 5 other eggs:clap

 

thank you for all your advice:yesss: 

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sorry, i have not been on here for a while.

thank you so much for the advice:D a chick hatched 3 weeks and 2 days ago and has successfully grown up, soon it will leave the nest. Since then my other female has not harmed either the chick of the other mum. Today the other female gave me a shock and i found a baby chick in her nest. it only hatched today and there are still 5 other eggs:clap

 

thank you for all your advice:yesss: 

Expect a new baby every other day. It is unusual for budgies to raise only one chick. The better you feed them the more babies they raise to a clutch.  If plenty of food is not available the parents will feed the older chicks and let younger ones die.  As the chicks grow you will notice a huge range in sizes; this is completely normal. The parents will find the youngest chicks and feed them too.  I found this amazing in that the youngest chicks will be completely covered by the older ones as they grow.  Good luck.

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Thank you so much:thumbsup

post #6 of 8
You're welcome. I hope you get many babies.
post #7 of 8

i remember reading in one species of parrot the larger siblings will share food with the smallest one i don remember what species but i just thought it was an interesting thing to share 

post #8 of 8

For the mos part you don't have to do anything once they hatch. The hen will care for the chicks. The only thing you need to do is check the chicks to make sure they are being fed, remove any dead chicks or rotten eggs from the nest. If however, your hen is not feeding the chicks then you can either place them with another hen, or you will have to hand feed them. Budgies are easy to breed, and easy to care for. Good luck with your budgies. 

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