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Old 08-29-2014, 05:29 PM
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Hey wonderful members of TB

I am currently working on a new article discussing (hopefully 99%) of the biggest mistakes new breeders make, either by inexperience or lack of research, and how these problems can be avoided if at all possible.

I have been working up a list myself, and I would love to hear anything you think should be included in the article from your own experience, or the experiences you have seen others have

I do not want this to be a negative article in any way... but one that new breeders as well as those considering breeding can read and hopefully learn from th mistakes we have already made ourselves unknowingly, or have seen others make

So enough of the blabbing on my part! Let the ideas fly if you have any, and I will be sure to include them as well as the solutions to the problem if at all possible

Thanks in advance all
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I have never bred, but this is just what comes to my mind.

I think there are a lot of unexpected things that could happen with breeding that people don't realize just because of inexperience. There are many scenarios that I can think of:
- thinking the parents will just raise the babies and you can sit back and watch, and in turn not know what to do when you need to intervene
- striving for healthy chicks and healthy parents (it makes me think of when the moms start attacking babies because they want them out of the nest, needing to protect the babies)
- thinking handfeeding is easy... it's not if you don't know what you're doing! and if you have a regular job, it's very difficult to do because of the amount of time and dedication it takes (requiring frequent feedings)
- having money put aside in case a vet is needed (possibly a hen being eggbound)

these are all random, but it's just what came to mind when thinking about it
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I have never bred, but this is just what comes to my mind.

I think there are a lot of unexpected things that could happen with breeding that people don't realize just because of inexperience. There are many scenarios that I can think of:
- thinking the parents will just raise the babies and you can sit back and watch, and in turn not know what to do when you need to intervene
- striving for healthy chicks and healthy parents (it makes me think of when the moms start attacking babies because they want them out of the nest, needing to protect the babies)
- thinking handfeeding is easy... it's not if you don't know what you're doing! and if you have a regular job, it's very difficult to do because of the amount of time and dedication it takes (requiring frequent feedings)
- having money put aside in case a vet is needed (possibly a hen being eggbound)

these are all random, but it's just what came to mind when thinking about it
Perfect examples Jill!!! Thank you so much! I will definitely make sure these are included in the article for sure
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When a bird needs real medical care that requires a vet. They just charge so much money for their services.
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When a bird needs real medical care that requires a vet. They just charge so much money for their services.
Excellent! Added to list for sure
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Also keeping a whole bunch of budgies in just one cage with access of potential nesting spots, be it coconut huts, the cozy tents or even the nest boxes and thinking they will need them to sleep in there instead of just sleeping in a perch/swing for the night and thinking nothing bad will happen by doing so.
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Awesome suggestion for sure, Aluz! Added to list and thanks so much!!
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One of the things I've noticed most is many people who have no basic experience with owning budgies think it's fine to buy a male and female and stick them together in a cage with a nestbox.

It would be beneficial if people took the time to learn as much as possible about basic budgie care and truly get to know their budgies.

It worries me when individuals aren't even sure of a budgie's sex yet want to breed it.

I also worry about people breeding budgies that are too young; not understanding when budgies are and are not in condition; allowing budgies to have multiple clutches without proper rest periods; not providing good conditioning diets for their birds and colony breeding.

OK -- I'm stopping now.
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One of the things I've noticed most is many people who have no basic experience with owning budgies think it's fine to buy a male and female and stick them together in a cage with a nestbox.

It would be beneficial if people took the time to learn as much as possible about basic budgie care and truly get to know their budgies.

It worries me when individuals aren't even sure of a budgie's sex yet want to breed it.

I also worry about people breeding budgies that are too young; not understanding when budgies are and are not in condition; allowing budgies to have multiple clutches without proper rest periods; not providing good conditioning diets for their birds and colony breeding.

OK -- I'm stopping now.
All very valid and excellent points Deb!!

I could not agree more with what you have stated, and poor education is one of the biggest motivations I have to keep trying to make more articles on this subject.
So many have absolutely no idea what they are dong, and in reality the only ones that suffer are the birds and their chicks

If we can help save even a few pairs and their chicks it will be more than worth the time and effort to me! Please let out all the things you would like to see included as you think of them, please do not hold back if you have something you feel should be included

Thank you again for your suggestions,
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The first thing I can think of is...

"Don't be over anxious about anything. It can be a scary thing to think that a chick may not be coming out of the shell, but you should NEVER help it out. It's also scary if you think your mother isn't feeding a chick, but if you act too soon, you'll take away the mothers want to feed it. Always give your mother some time to adjust to her new life. If you don't, she won't learn what she needs to do."

Second thing I can think of that some are doing...

If your Father bird is attacking the hen and or children and mother isn't feeding the chicks, and the kids are older than 2 weeks, Don't take him out! .. Take her out. He will take over feeding once he knows she's not coming back.
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