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Hi budgie lovers! So I have two budgies one female and one male and I've recently seen them mate a couple of times and my female has been going in the box and staying in there for a pretty long while and once she comes out I check and there are no eggs and also when she's in there, the male regurgitates food to her. Although she seems to show all the obvious signs of a "pregnant" budgie she doesn't lay eggs... how can I know if she'll be "expecting"??


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Welcome to the forums!

If you don't mind, I will start by asking a few questions since this seems to be your first time in trying to breed budgies:

For how long have you had your budgie couple?
Are you relatively new to owning budgies?
Have your budgies been properly conditioned to breed?
How old are your budgies?

Before taking the breeding route and in order to do so more safely, a person should have a very good grasp of the species (this comes with real life experience in budgie ownership) and to do the required research into the subject.

The decision to breed comes with a whole lot of responsibility and commitment, the lives of the breeding pair(s) and the chicks are depending on you and the response you give if/when faced with adversity.
Things like being able to tell if your breeding pair is in good health and top physical condition to go through breeding; when a hen is expecting an egg or if she is showing the first signs of being egg bound; when a chick is having developmental problems, not being fed or showing signs of dehydration;
when there is aggression, abandonment and neglect of the chicks and it's solely up to you to feed and raise the chicks. The ability to detect early on and solve these issues can truly make a difference on the outcome of your breeding journey.

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Now to answer your question, you can see if your budgie is carrying eggs by looking at the vent area and see if there is some swelling there.
Another good indicator is the poop which will be massive in size.
If possible, post a photo showing your budgie's vent area so we have a better idea of what is going on with her.
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Hi aluz!? And thank you for replying to me! Well um where do i start?? Ok so I've had my male since he was a baby and I've had him for about two and a half years or so and my female I've had her for one year and a couple of months except I've never kept them in the same cage because I didn't want them to breed or anything but a couple of weeks ago my dad bought me a pretty big cage and I decided maybe it's time to put them together so I did. The first day I put them together they wouldn't even dare perch on the same perch and now that they've been in the same cage for a while they never seem to separate and they're always preening each other and cuddling up next to each other and just the other day I started to notice that the female is in the nest box most of the time and the male tends to regurgitate food to her. Also she through out most of the nesting shaving. Now I'm not a breeding expert or actually have no experience with breeding at all so that's why I'm on this website but according to every thing I've read online it seems that my budgie is "expecting" but I just wanted to make sure and if She is I just wanted to be extra careful With any unwanted possibilities ? So do you think my budgie will be laying eggs soon? So I can start to research a lot more.
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See the last paragraph of Aluz's reply. If you post a picture, the experts will be able to give you more information.

Be sure to read through all of the stickies in this section for information.

A lot can go wrong with breeding. You have to be prepared for vet bills, to hand feed the babies if something goes wrong, etc. If the parents--the hen in particular--have not been on a proper diet to prepare for breeding, laying eggs and trying to raise the babies can be very hazardous for them as well.

It's hard to tell how prepared you or your birds are to breed from what you have said so far, so the difficult question for you to ask yourself would it be better for the health of your birds to remove the nest box and to take other steps to discourage breeding.
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.

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An individual needs to have a good background in basic budgie care and then do extensive research into the proper breeding practices prior to making the decision to accept the responsibility of the commitment required for breeding responsibly and ethically.

You have not yet answered the questions aluz asked.

For how long have you had your budgie couple?
Are you relatively new to owning budgies?
Have your budgies been properly conditioned to breed?
How old are your budgies?

It would be in your birds' best interest for you to
1. Remove the nest box
2. Separate the budgies into individual cages
3. Move one of the birds into a completely different area of the home
4. Limit the light for the female to no more than 8 hours per day and follow the recommendations for discouraging breeding at this time.

After removing the nest box, separating the two budgies and beginning to discourage egg laying, if she does lay an egg - dispose of it and continue to rearrange her cage each day and do everything possible to throw her back out of the breeding cycle.

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given some great resources and advice above. For your budgies' health and well-being, it's best to wait and do adequate research before breeding them so that you are well prepared to help them through the process. Not knowing everything about breeding prior to doing so ultimately leads to stress, as you try to ask questions about things as they happen, as well as to many risks for the budgie couple.

As you continue your research, be sure to ask if you have any questions after reading through everything as we'd love to help

Hope to see you around!
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