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Budgie Breeding 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.

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Out of curiosity, if bred her with my SF dominant pied Tundra, what kind of babies do you think we would be looking at? would they something like 50% (can't remember exact ratios) pied and split for opaline, greywing? (unless some suprise recessives in him?)?

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So this may be a silly question but I'll ask anyway

When you breed two budgies and they are in the nest, do they ever come out those entire 8 weeks to play outside the cage? can you handle the male and have him sit with you at any time? Or are they stuck in that cage 24/7 until the babies are all weened? I've never seen anything on this

So do they stay the whole time? Or is there at point at which they will want to come out for a little break, stretch their wings and fly around? My guys come out daily and fly for hours. 2 months seems like a long time to be cooped up for

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When the budgies are in the breeding cage, they need to stay there for the duration rather than coming out to fly around

The male cares for the female while she is incubating the eggs.
The breeding cage should be 30x18x18 and the two birds have plenty of room for the time the breeding cycle is taking place.
The female should be removed into a different cage when the babies reach ~3 1/2 weeks in order to prevent her from becoming aggressive with the chicks.
At that time, the male will continue to care for the offspring until they are fully weaned.
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Thanks so much guys!

I really appreciate your insight here! I will probably seperate them into either boys in one cage and girls in the other, or pair them off to two in a cage coed.

Good to know about them in the cages the whole time. Just had no idea how that actually played out in reality.

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Will they also stay in the cage the whole time during the conditioning period?Or will they come out for daily exercise?

Also, I was re-reading cutelittlebirdies manual on budgie breeding. She said breed no more than twice a year. Then she also talks about breeding them back to back twice is fine. So are we to take away from this have them lay no more than 2 clutches a year (either 2 clutches back to back or spaced out say one clutch spring/ one clutch fall)? Or 4 clutches total (if we did two back to back clutches twice a year)?

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When the budgies are in the breeding cage, they need to stay there for the duration rather than coming out to fly around

The male cares for the female while she is incubating the eggs.
The breeding cage should be 30x18x18 and the two birds have plenty of room for the time the breeding cycle is taking place.
The female should be removed into a different cage when the babies reach ~3 1/2 weeks in order to prevent her from becoming aggressive with the chicks.
At that time, the male will continue to care for the offspring until they are fully weaned.
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With regards to conditioning period, i would say that while they are actually just getting conditions right for breeding they can come out. Once they start to look at the nest box and start mating then you need to keep them in the cage.

I also believe that it is just two clutches per year. So you could do back to back or space it out.
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Great thanks so much!
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A budgie should have a maximum of two clutches per year.

If you do planed co-parenting of the chicks, it is best to do one clutch Spring and one clutch Fall.

Planned Co-Parenting in Raising Tame Chicks

When you have back to back clutches, the mother will become aggressive toward the babies from the first clutch when she's ready to mate and begin nesting again.

The breeders that double-clutch their birds (two clutches back to back) are the ones that pull the chicks at 3 1/2 weeks for hand feeding.

I recommend the planned co-parenting method -- it is better much better for the chicks well-being to remain with the father and only have supplemental feedings from the human counterpart if necessary.
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I agree with only two clutches a year at most. However, most breeders do not remove chicks to hand rear and will do two clutches back to back. Some hens may become aggressive but they are far in the minority, it is not a usual thing for them to do. By far the majority just get on with laying and sitting again as the chicks fledge and the father takes over caring. The chicks do need to be watched and removed once they are eating to prevent them messing up the next clutch, but this is the normal procedure for most breeders.
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I think if I were in your position, as a first time breeder I'd be looking to have a clutch in spring and then maybe just do one that year and if I felt like it went well, do another in the later part of the year.
I can't recall if you're wanting to breed for the enjoyment or to sell the babies, but if it's to experience breeding primarily, I feel having a double clutch will mean it may be a little too much all together during that first year.

A double clutch would be something I'd think about if I had a bit of experience on my side, was confident in helping to rear any chicks that might need help and knew I'd have no issues in finding new homes for the chicks.

You're in the best position to know what will work for you in regards to what some of breeding adventure you want to take part in.

Out of interest, how many birds are you thinking of breeding the first time?
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