Authored by Brandy Burgess in Pets
Published on 10-04-2009
Budgies, or parakeets as they are commonly known, are one of the most popular birds for beginner pet owners. They are relatively intelligent and can talk up a storm. This may be the very reason that many choose to breed these small birds. Breeding Budgies is simple as long as you are aware of the proper environment that this type of house bird must have. Learn here how to properly breed Budgies.
Breeding for Budgies
Budgies typically breed in the spring towards the early summer season. When deciding to breed your Budgies, you must first decide which of these two types of breeding is best for you: colony breeding or selective cage breeding.
Colony Breeding: Colony breeding works the best if done in an aviary. Several nest boxes are placed with nest blocks throughout the aviary. The pet owner can then put several pairs of Budgies together; one pair for each nesting box. When colony breeding occurs, each bird is allowed to choose their own partner. Creating a proper aviary should be done prior to getting the birds and will take much time and preparation.
Selective Cage Breeding: Selective cage breeding is when only one pair of birds lives together in one cage. This method allows you to better know who the father of the baby birds will be and you can past down traits of the father bird that you like. A nest box should be attached to the birds’ cage as well as a nest block.
Nest Boxes and Blocks
It’s important to always have one nest box and block for each pair of birds. The size of the nest box will depend on the size of the Budgies. It should be large enough to fit the bird with a bit of room left over. The nest block is a piece of wood that contains a concaved section of wood that is cut apart. This is where the bird will lay the eggs. Without having a proper nesting box and block, breeding Budgies is near impossible.
When you begin the breeding process, you should offer the Budgies conditioning and rearing foods. These can include mashed hard-boiled eggs, whole wheat bread, corn rice bean mixture, and grated carrots. Remember to remove the foods shortly after offering them to the bird to avoid bacterial growth.
Laying and Hatching
Once the female Budgie begins sitting on the eggs, expect them to hatch about 18 days from this time. The female will incubate the eggs until they are born. The clutch size is usually about 5 eggs. Once all off the eggs are hatched, the female will handle the majority of the feeding for the newborn birds until they are weaned.
Chicks will typically leave the nest around 4 weeks of age. At this point in time, they are taught which foods to eat from their father. It’s important to remove any weaned chicks by 40 days of age or the father may become aggressive towards them. After your adult Budgies raise 2 full clutches of babies, allow them to rest. While resting, remove the nesting boxes and blocks to allow the birds to exercise and regain energy.