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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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Old 04-27-2017, 11:13 AM
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To add to Genevieve, she is also opaline and seems very pale so I wouldn't count our her being dilute rather than greywing. Either way, she is lovely and with any pairing you have the chance of surprises when you don't know what varieties are in their history.
Tonic, out of curiosity did you mean to say she is a dilute?

So would you say she is an opaline, spangle dilute?

Her tail has some grey streaks on the underside which is rather unusual. She is so hard to place for me when I try and match her to mutations.

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Thanks so much guys!

I think I will do spring/ fall then. I think back to back sounds better. I think having my guys breeding for months and months (i.e back to back) straight would be sad as we like spending time with them too.

I think we would do one pair at first. I don't want to do two pairs and have so much responsibility at once. But... my only concern is, if one male/ female dies/ don't take care of entire clutch then you have the option of possibly receiving help from the other clutch if you foster babies to them. So which is better then? One pair at a time, or both at once? Not sure. I would appreciate some advice.

Out of curiosity, how do people do back to back and not hand raise? Would the babies be out of the nest at this time weening and the male and female would breed again or when male is still feeding babies? Not sure how that looks.

For me I will definitely do co-parenting. I want them to be raised by parents and I tame them.

Thanks everyone.

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Old 04-27-2017, 02:54 PM
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Yes I agree with what faerybee said. I have 2 females and 2 males and it is very easy to prevent breeding. Keep daylight hours at a minimum of 8 hours and do not place suitable nesting places for your birds in the cage. And it works well.
 
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Tonic, out of curiosity did you mean to say she is a dilute?

So would you say she is an opaline, spangle dilute?
Yes, I did mean to say she might be dilute, but it is not really possible to be sure if she is a dark dilute or pale greywing without more information. She is very lovely though.
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Thanks so much guys!

I think I will do spring/ fall then. I think back to back sounds better. I think having my guys breeding for months and months (i.e back to back) straight would be sad as we like spending time with them too.

I think we would do one pair at first. I don't want to do two pairs and have so much responsibility at once. But... my only concern is, if one male/ female dies/ don't take care of entire clutch then you have the option of possibly receiving help from the other clutch if you foster babies to them. So which is better then? One pair at a time, or both at once? Not sure. I would appreciate some advice.

Out of curiosity, how do people do back to back and not hand raise? Would the babies be out of the nest at this time weening and the male and female would breed again or when male is still feeding babies? Not sure how that looks.

For me I will definitely do co-parenting. I want them to be raised by parents and I tame them.

Thanks everyone.
Having another pair breeding at the same time can be a good safeguard, but it is not always possible to have them both at the same stage as they will progress at their own time. Show breeders have several pairs going at once so there is usually another pair in a good position to help if needed. I think one pair for the first time is a better idea and have the equipment and hopefully someone to guide you for if you need to step in and hand raise.

The normal process for back to back breeding is that the chicks will leave the nest and the male will feed them whilst the hen is laying and incubating. In the wild the chicks would be in a smallish hollow and there would not be room for the hen to settle until they had fledged, which they wouldn't do till they were strong enough to fly as they are high up in trees. This also means the chicks are less likely to return to the nest and bother the hen.

The usual rectangle nest boxes allow the chicks to leave and return from an earlier age, and give the hen space to start laying again before they are fully fledged, which increases the chance of angry hen attacks on the chicks.

Some breeders prefer a tall square nest box with a thick base of shavings rather an a concave. This means the full sized chicks leave little room for the hen to resettle and start laying again and the chicks also need to be older and stronger to get up and out the exit. They stay in the nest longer and leave stronger and ready to start feeding themselves sooner. This reduces hen attacks.
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