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Can I Change My Males

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Like Brett, it seems that my birds are taking a long time to breed.  I just had a couple where the hen layed 5 eggs.  She is a dark green and I have her with a Gray Green. I dont want to breed gray green.  So after she layed her eggs and was sitting on them past the 24 day mark, I put a blue normal male in with her.  I really want her to breed with a blue.  What do you guys think?  She was the first one of 3 pairs to breed.  I have been feeding the birds high protein mixture and here in Hawaii the weather is mild.  How can I get me more interested in breeding?

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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.

 

 

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Thanks, I have been watching the hen and she is still on the eggs.

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SELECT YOUR PAIR , PUT HEN IN BREEDER CAGE , MINIMUM 3 DAYS BYHERSELF, THEN PUT IN YOUR COCK BIRD

REMEMBER AGE CAN BE A FACTOR

WHAT I DO IS SELECT COCKS/HENS  THAT I WANT TO UTILISE (REMOVE OTHER COCK/HENS BIRDS FROM THE AVIARY/FLIGHT) let them choose their partners, then selectively separate the pairs that you would like- repeat as many times as you require, you will have better success that way

if birds freely select their own partner then probabilities of good fertility of eggs is possible

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this is semi selective breeding- let them choose- at first- their own partners, creates breeding instinct/urge, then pair up birds, you should have better success with fertility of eggs

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So my hen did go off her eggs.  Out of 6 eggs only one was fertile.  I tried pairing her with another cock, and that is why I asked the question.  Before I read this post, I just put another experienced cock in with her.  So I will see how that goes. My other two hens are flirting with their males and the males are feeding them, but she is not looking in the box.  I knew these are at least 1 year old.

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when I first started breeding, I used to put the hen in the breeding cabinet (as I have reverted back to - all cabinets in the aviary- good contact with the flock , remember budgies are flock birds) then I would attach another cage to the front of the breeding cabinet  with my preferred cock bird- by doing this the hen only has close contact  with one male as the cage prevents others from trying to "cut in" but she still can see/hear her friends, give it three four days then introduce them, good luck, worst comes to worst extend the time , remember they will breed when they want to , not because you want them to

be patient, good luck

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