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  1. Can I Change My Males

    In my experience if you change cocks it usually results in the hen leaving her eggs. She can even attack the intruder so keep an eye on her.
  2. First of all don't assume that just because the hens are very young that they wont breed, they can breed under 6 months old and having them in with the other birds may well stimulate them to breed. Second thing, in an aviary breeding situation you need to understand that the risks of hens going into other boxes and fighting other hens and destroying chicks is high, they are best separated and bred as pairs. If aviary breeding you need to be very vigilant and check on them a few times a day if possible to make sure they are sticking to their own boxes. Any trouble makers should be removed immediately. I would have double the boxes that you have hens to avoid fighting as much as possible. If you still want to aviary breed I'd remove the young hens. Then remove the boxes and clean them out. Wait for a couple of weeks and then put the boxes back in to try again. Assuming your birds are in breeding condition they will probably get excited and go investigate straight away. Keep in mind the hot weather though, as it gets very hot in those boxes so once the heat kicks in its best to rest your birds.
  3. Fostering Eggs

    You could potentially try giving the barren hen a few cool mints or something similar to an egg and see what she does...If your very lucky and she sits you could then introduce the eggs. But it would be rare for that to work.
  4. Fostering Eggs

    Hi There. If she isn't sitting on eggs and you put them in her box the most likely outcome is that she will clean them out of her box and destroy them. Sometimes hens wont breed because they are to young, to old or they have fertility issues that mean they will never lay.
  5. First time breeding question about health

    Most hens will move out of the box or you can gently push them out then block the hole with something and check the box properly. Take out any dead chicks. You can usually handle chicks okay without mums getting to fussed. I start checking my hens every day when they lay eggs so as to get them used to me and I handle babies as needed to keep their toes and beaks free of dried on food or poo's. Be aware that hens can be very protective and may bite you, but most usually don't. Go slow and gentle and be careful that she goes out of the hole not out beside your hand. In the wild nature just takes its course and dead babies are not removed but its going to decompose and create its own health hazard so best removed.
  6. Budgie eggs

    Also Raad I would say that if you try your best and fail, then you are not alone. Unfortunately things like this do happen and the more you raise birds or any other thing for that matter then the more you will see that things can go right and they can go wrong too. Sometimes no matter what you do things don't turn out the way you want them to. Good luck. I hope it works out for you.
  7. Budgie eggs

    If you have managed to keep them alive I think its their best bet. If I have a hen that has laid to many eggs and I have another hen on eggs the same age she will take them no problem...Its no good giving the eggs to a hen with no eggs as she will destroy them and you don't want them hatching way before or way after the ones that are already in the nest. If they have chilled over night I think it would be to late to rescue them.
  8. Hi. Your bird appears to be a Spangle which is not ideal for breeding Rainbows. You need Clearwings, Opaline, Golden Face or Yellow all in combination. If you add Opaline to the colours of your bird you will get some attractive birds which are similar to Rainbows. Breeding Rainbows takes years to put together the colours that make a Rainbow. Have fun.
  9. Budgie eggs

    Hi Raad. Fostering to hens with eggs the same age is the best option. Did you manage to foster them?
  10. Male And Male Trying To Mate With Each Other

    Can you post a good photo of the 2 nmales so I can see their faces?
  11. Breeding Software Mac

    I'm pretty sure Ken Yorke can help you.... See if you can look him up on the internet. He has written many articles and books and sells things to do with birds.
  12. Assuming he's light green, split blue and split cinnamon wing... Put to a cobalt blue hen ...I think you'll get 50% blue and 50%green split blue. Some of the blue's will be cobalt and some of them sky blue. Some of the greens will be dark and some light. Some of the hens bred will be cinnamon and some of the cocks split cinnamon. If the hen were to be dominant pied as well, theoretically approx. 50% of the young will be pied.
  13. Help- New Member

    Hi There Look up sexing budgies on the internet... Adult males often have a blue cere (the patch of skin above the beak that has the 2 nostril holes in it) Adult hens can be a whitish blue to a brown colour. Baby males often are a purplish colour and baby girls bluish with a whitish colour close to the nostril holes. Hope that helps. Cheers
  14. Hi There... If he's green and 1 parent was a cinnamon wing blue then he will be split blue and split cinnamon wing.. It kinda looks like a yellow or golden face blue though, it might just be the colour in the picture. He looks more like an aqua-ish colour rather than green. Look at green on the internet if you don't have 1 to compare him to. If he's green, buy a blue to put him to and you will get green and blue babies. If he were my bird and I wanted some different colours I would put him to a Yellow face blue or a normal blue- Dominant pied.
  15. Lonely Male Among 4 Pairs- Need Advise

    Introducing a new hen to an aviary that's just settling to breed is not a good idea there will most likely be fighting. Leave him in the aviary he'll be okay. If you wanted to breed him separately you could do that. Many people stop breeding as we head into the hotter parts of the year and I prefer to breed in spring. Always rest your birds for a few months at least to give them time to build up their health.
  16. Baby Budgie W/ Bad Beak

    Hi There, Could be another hen getting in and trying to kill the babies as they will do in an aviary situation. Personally I would assess the chick and if I thought that the beak would prevent the chick from eating properly when older I would put it down.
  17. Mystery Coloured Baby..

    Hi there. Its possible that the parents are Hen- poorly coloured violet cobalt (from a poorly coloured violet dark green) cock- cobalt grey wing with dilution of colour. I have a mauve very similar in colour (he looks grey too). But I don't have any grey birds in my flock. I'm not an expert but check his cheek patches against the greys I think I read somewhere that they are a different colour.
  18. Do I Need A Vitamin Block In My Breeding Cage

    Hi There. Budgies need a varied diet... I feed seed which has vitamins added, as well as lots of different things- Sometimes gumtree branch or apricot tree branch, sometimes orange, seeding grasses, carrot, corn, peas, spinach, and the list goes on. I have heard that birds need the sun as much as we do so if they have access to some sun bathing that's good for them, just don't leave them out there and cook them. Basically I think it wouldn't hurt to have the supplement.
  19. What Sex Is My White Budgie Please?

    I'd say a boy. If the cere goes pale blueish colour with white rings around the nostril its a girl. purple/mauve colour is usually boy.
  20. 2 Budgies, 1 Chest Going Bald

    Not sure about this one...Are they new birds have you had them together long? (maybe one is a feather pucker)Do you regularly treat for mite? I would suspect a feather pucker, Maybe its frustration from wanting to breed. Try feeding gum tree branches with leaves as it will give them something else to chew on. Perhaps a bigger cage might be in order... Hope this helps.
  21. How Do You Tell If Your Male Is Infertiel?

    Hi There. Hens can and will still lay infertile eggs if the male is not fertile or for some reason not fertilizing the eggs. I'd say the issue is with the hen.
  22. My Budgies Are Mating But Not Laying Any Eggs

    Its best to make a decision based on facts. If you avairy breed with one pair then you should be good. If you avairy breed a few pair they can be okay and then they can kill babies and fight. Sometimes they will be great for a while and then out of the blue a hen decides that she wants a nest that is already occupied, she will fight and sometimes kill the other hen and then most definitely kill the babies in the nest. If you cabinet breed they often don't get any sun which they need to convert into vitamin D. I recommend using Vetafarm D breeder or a supplement with high vitamin D to try to compensate this. If you cabinet breed its a good idea to introduce the hen first and leave her there for maybe a week, then introduce the cock bird. They may well breed immediately. Let them raise 2 or maybe 3 batches and then rest the pair for a few months. Hope this helps
  23. I'm pretty new to the forum too, am also finding it difficult to get around and use it. I guess I must be a computer dinosaur or something..... When your pieds mature look in their eyes. If they have a white iris ring they are likely dominant pieds, if the eye stays black they are likely Danish or recessive pieds.
  24. My Budgies Are Mating But Not Laying Any Eggs

    okay.... Well she's not born barren because she has already laid.... I'm assuming you have given her a few months break ?? Birds need time to renew their energy and build their bodies up for the hard work of laying eggs and raising babies. ....Breeders usually stop breeding hens at this age and males at 5 or 6 yrs but some hens still go for a year or 2. She may be at the end of her ability to breed. Its hard to say. Is it possible that mice are taking the eggs? I don't usually keep hens that are 4 yrs to breed unless they are special as they are getting old. Most breeding is done with birds 1 and 2 yrs of age. If you introduce another hen to the aviary take out the old hen as she will probably cause chaos with the new hens eggs and chicks.