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i havent actually started breeding yet, but i thourght it would be better to make sure i have everything ready, an all the facts right before i actually start. i am using a small cage that i have as a breeding cage. yesterday i built a nestbox, and attached that to the cage.

 

i am planning to use a female bugdie that i am getting this weekend, and a male that i already own. t

he female that im getting is two years old, and has apparently had 1lot of babies already,which she raisd perfectly. she come wih a male, but is age is not known, just a guess at around 6 months to a year, and i would feel better if i knew i was using a male that was definately of age.

 

the male that ive got is at least 2 years old. i got him off a breeder in the town that i live in. he is quite a large budgie, but has been very good with budgies that i have introduced the cage.

 

that ia all that i have done at the moment, so yeah :)

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If the female is 6 months to a year and has already had heaps of babies then someone has bred her too young. :(

If you are only just getting her then the first thing you do is settle her in for a few months not put her straight in a breeding cage.

If she has been bred a lot and had lots of babies she may well need a good 6 months rest.

No mention of when her last lot of babies was ?

No mention of is she is in breeding condition ?

If she has had lots of babies then she will need time to make sure her calcium levels and health is in prime condition not straight down to breed after the stress of moving, new home, new food, new friends.

You dont know her age but you are guessing?? No breeding under 12 months of age and with hens try and stop them at around 4 years unless you want huge vets fees for eggbinding and prolapse.

QUARANTINE...........essential in a seperate cage in a seperate room and seperate airspace for at least 30 days.

You havent quite got a hold of how things are done yet so there's LOTS you havent thought of :(

Edited by **KAZ**

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im sorry i think u might of misread/misunderstood my post.

 

the female is two years old, it was the male that i was unsure of the age of, and that is why i was planning on pairing her up with a different male. the female has only had a few clutches, and hasnt bred for awhile. i am sure of this as her owner now doesnt beed them, it was her previous owner whom did. her current owner is giving them to me because of her lack of spare time, and difficulty with finding some one to care for them when she is away.

 

i was aware of somthing to do with putting the female in the breeding cage for awhile before introducing the male, but i wasnt aware of needing to quantine.

i was going to spray all my birds with a mite spray, that my grandad uses on his pigeons, that is also suitable for budgies (my grandad breeds pigeons for shows and racing And selling.)

 

thank you very much for the advise, it wasvery helpful, and i appolagise for the misunderstanding (i will do all that you have suggested that applies)

 

 

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Violet, can you post a picture of your birds :)

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yep will post photos soon. i actually took pictures of them yesterday, as well as all the cages that i have. i am also wanting identification of gender for one of them (the juvenile) i have been told that it is most likely a female, but still not sure.

 

i went to this breeders place and he gave me heaps of advice, as well as showed me his set up. it quite impressive, with about 12 breeding cages. he has a bird with what he thinks is a fairly rare mutation. it pretty much looks like a large featherduster. it is grey, with really long floppy feathers, and really large for a budgie. he says he bred one before and that it only lived for 6 months.

this person has also offered to give me some medication for them if they gt worms or other parasites.

 

the new birds should be arriving soon. i am planning to quantine them for about 6 weeks. then swap the males.

 

will post again soon

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okay so i have bren unable to load the photoes but i will try again soon

 

i have now got a definite date for the arrival of my new birds. i will also be buying the cage that they are in for $50. the cage is roughly half the size of the larger cage that i have. i will probably use this as a nursey cage if every thing goes well.

i am almost certain that the juvenile bird that i have is a female. its cere is and even light blue all over appart from lighter colour (almost white) around the nostrills.

i have also gotten more info on the new birds that i am getting. the female has had exactly 2 clutches and has been an excelent mother. and the male is almost one year old.

so i have decided that it might be better to keep them both in a smaller cage and then introduce a nest box.

i figured that because they have been together longer, that there might be a greater chance of them being a successful pair. i am not sure if it works that way but it would save a lot of time.

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as well as showed me his set up. it quite impressive, with about 12 breeding cages. he has a bird with what he thinks is a fairly rare mutation. it pretty much looks like a large featherduster. it is grey, with really long floppy feathers, and really large for a budgie. he says he bred one before and that it only lived for 6 months.

 

 

 

sounds like a feather duster. They are also known as chysanthemum budgies and mops

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the new birds have arrived. :)

 

the male is moulting. they are currantly in quantine. other wise they seem to be in great condition.

that boy one has one heck of a bite!!!!! ouch :/

 

 

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was just doing some reading up on the topic of moulting. could it be french moult?

 

i am now starting to question the birds age. althought its cere looks clearly like a male, and i read somewhere that if there are no black lines on there forehead then they are at least over six months, which in that case it must be.

any suggestions?

 

 

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was just doing some reading up on the topic of moulting. could it be french moult?

 

i am now starting to question the birds age. althought its cere looks clearly like a male, and i read somewhere that if there are no black lines on there forehead then they are at least over six months, which in that case it must be.

any suggestions?

 

 

Any suggestions ?

 

Yes.......post photos.

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i will keep trying, but my last attempts have failed :( also i put them on our old computer instead of the laptop. we are getting rid of the old computer, and it currantly isnt plugged in.is there any other way to get photos on here other then using photo bucket?

the best can do at the moment is to describe it. it pretty much looks like the bird is having a bad hair day. the feathers on its head are ruffled up and some are missing. there are no other feathers missing that i can see, none have fallen out (but i only got the birds yeasterday so its still early days) otherwise the ferthers look fairly normal, maybe slightly droopy at most.

i know that it must be hard to diagnose this sort of problem without any pictures. thanks for your help.

 

 

 

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i have now got a new cage off of the person who gave me the two new birds. i got it for $50 when im guessing its worth $180ish.

it is in fairly good condition. apparantly it has been cleaned, but i am still going to disinfect it. i have plenty of food and water bowls that came with my large cage, that will go in this one, i just need some perches, and toys. this cage will act as a breeding/nursery cage.

 

i have decided to not use this site to try and diagnose illnesses, and to rely on it more for just basic facts. this is because it is very unfair of me to expect peolple to be able to diagnose illnesses without any photos to look at. i am still trying to get some photos on here but it is proving to be very difficult.

 

dont worry about the birds because i am getting help to do with that subject from him. he has been breeding for over 20 years, and has had expeiriances with this subject. he has also offered to lend me medicine for some illnesses that only need treating one or two times, as he thinks it would be a waste of my money to purchase them if i only have a few birds at the moment.

:)

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