Problems with Budgie Breeding
Breeding your budgies takes patience and time. It may or may not happen; you need to find a breeding pair, because not all budgies that are put together will or breed successfully. If you are having problems, here are some possible reasons to why this might be happening.
The age of the birds is important. Budgies should be 1 – 1 and a half years before they should be mating and breeding.
Hens will choose their breeding partner. Usually they will accept the cocks you put them with however this is not always. Monitor their behaviour to see how she reacts to the male. If she reject him, you should not keep them together, as they will not breed.
Check the bird’s health. You may think that your budgie is healthy because it is not showing any symptoms, but this is a common mistake. And if your birds are not 100% healthy and they do breed, this can be dangerous for the offspring and may cause you more problems later. You may want to get your birds checked out at the vet if they are not breeding successfully. If you want to purchase a budgie for breeding, ensure you go to a good source; this may mean it will be more expensive however it is extremely important.
Make sure you monitor and limit your bird’s food. If your birds are not eating a balanced diet, poor results may be reached. Include pellets, fresh fruit & vegetables, egg sometimes and other cooked foods, and limited amounts of seeds. Seeds should make up around 30% of your bird’s diet. Keeping your bird healthier will make it happier and happy budgies usually show an increase of fertile eggs that they produce. If their diet is limited this can lead to infertile eggs or eggs that do not hatch as they chick does not receive enough nutrients.
Ensure they are not getting too much or too little, because if your birds are overweight or underweight, this may also produce problems.
Are your budgies related? No? Check again. This is very common and will cause problems how it does in dogs, humans, cats and birds! This may be a reason for your birds breeding and the eggs produced do not hatch.
Your birds need to be in the same breeding cycle and this can take some time. Birds can only reproduce at certain times of the year. You will need to keep them together and their breeding cycles should sync.
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