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    Breeding Budgies

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    If you have decided you want to start breeding budgies, there are a few things you should know before you start. It’s obvious that you will need a male and a female budgie but if your have several budgies, it is best to separate them into breeding pairs with a nest box each to avoid any squabbling and territorial behaviour. If you want to know more about correct budgie care when breeding budgies, read on. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Providing Budgie Care

    • When breeding budgies you will need a nest box and nest block which allows the female budgie to lay her eggs somewhere safe. The nest box should also have wood shavings or straw in it. Without these bird accessories, breeding budgies will be much harder.
    • When breeding budgies you also need to allow the two budgies to get used to each other and breeding will commence once the female budgie is ready. The male budgie will engage in courting behaviour of singing, displaying and feeding the female. Once the two breeding budgies have formed a lifetime bond, they will start grooming each other; this is always a good sign.
    • When breeding budgies, you need to provide the best budgie care so make sure both budgies have good amounts of food and water and that the budgie cage is kept clean. Budgie foods such as fruit and vegetables are excellent when breeding budgies, as is cuttlebone to ensure that the eggs are strong.
    • When breeding budgies, the hen should start laying within a few weeks and the eggs will hatch roughly 18 days after being laid. Expect between four and 6 budgies which should be removed after roughly 40 days to prevent the father becoming aggressive.
    • You need to make sure when breeding budgies that the cage is big enough for the whole family, it is possible to buy special breeding cages for sale. Budgies need good food, especially when they are raising young themselves so a diet of plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as good rearing foods such as bread mashes or hard boiled egg.
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