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Seeing how long this list is might be a good way to illustrate how much is involved in breeding budgies, it's not just a matter of, "Hey slap two birds in a cage and give them a nest box".

 

Sorry that the items aren't listed in any organized manner, it's just random as I thought of things. Anyone who wants can add things they use, that I may have left off.

 

Here's the list:

Breeding cage with two perches

 

Nest box and cup hooks for attaching it to cage

 

Nesting material (Carefresh, pine shavings, oatmeal, etc.)

 

Mason jar feeder

 

Plenty of good seed

 

Pellets, and food cup to hold them

 

Bird charcoal

 

Oyster grit

 

Mineral powder

 

3 finger draws or small feeders to hold the above

 

Carrots

 

Greens (Collard, spinach, swiss chard (silverbeet) etc)

 

At least 2 clothes pins to hold carrots and greens

 

Water drinkers (1 per cage, plus spares)

 

Liquid calcium

 

Good quality vitamins with D3

 

Cuttle bone and holder

 

Mineral block and holder

 

Oranges

 

Budgie egg biscuit

 

Oat groats

 

Saucer on floor of cage to feed the above

 

Newspapers for lining the cage floor

 

Toys and swings, if desired (Cocks can get bored, they like swings, and toys are in place for chicks when they fledge)

 

Note cards and pen

 

Candling torch

 

Sharpie marker for marking eggs (something non-toxic)

 

Triple C

 

Probiotics

 

Doxycycline

 

Hand rearing formula

 

Pipettes

 

Syringes

 

Small dishes and measuring spoons for preparing formula

 

Wash cloths and paper towels for cleaning chicks faces

 

Baby applesauce

 

Leg rings

 

Millet sprays

 

Brooder tank set up

 

Heating pad

 

Thermometer and hygrometer

 

Notebook and record keeping charts

 

Kindie cage set up

 

Boxes for sold chicks to ride home in

 

Soft toothbrush for cleaning chicks

 

CFL and full spectrum light bulbs

 

Digital scale

 

Lightweight plastic bowl for holding chick on scale

 

I'm sure there are things I forgot, and it seems like I'm always adding more ideas. Like, I didn't write camera for recording chicks progress. :P

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Detailed list

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I don't have half that stuff.

Most of it you should already have.

Keep it simple.

Edited by splat

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wow that is so helpful. i went through the list and have just over three quarters of the stuff. better go shopping.

 

 

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I agree with splat, I don't have a lot of that stuff lol

 

but I have the essentials :)

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wow thanks do u realy need all that proteen stuff and hand rearing and that

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protein is good for keeping weight on the hens during the process. They tend to lose a lot of it and the last thing you want is skinny hens feeding hungry mouths.

It also plumps the chicks up as well which is never a bad thing :)

 

 

Hand rearing is something to have on hand in case something goes wrong, like if a hen decides she doesn't want to do her duties.

 

I might not have everything on that list, but I definitely have those two.

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What's the baby applesauce for?

Also, what are oat groats and pipettes?

Edited by Taylor

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what do you use the candeling tourch for

 

 

 

 

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what do you use the candeling tourch for

 

To candle the eggs... You hold the small torch above the eggs to see if they are fertile or not. You can't fertile straight away, but when you do you can see veins and then features of the chick as it grows.

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Does anyone have a contact or website for some of this stuff.

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Join your local club all these things can be sourced from there at good prices.

Edited by corka

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well in my breeding room you find the following on hand

 

bar the obvious( breeding cages ,perching, nest box and mason jars, water drinkers and budgies )

 

when i set up my cages each cage get following

 

one calcium block

one iodine block

one peace of 007 horse mineral block (this is the only one i know safe to birds )has every possible mineral needed as back up to birds whom dont use blocks

cuttle fish if i have it sometimes i run out as birds play with it more so ,why the added oo7

three finger draws with the following three fillings

one pvm powder

one breed n bicky mix

one seaweed powder

they have three fed jars

one with hulled oates

one with

canary breeders mix /budgie mix

one with red palaniam (spelt wrong)

one water drinker (large) changed dayly and every two weeks i add benidine wash in to the water at two drops (NOT THE BROWN BOTTLE DO NOT ADD THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT IT EXACTLY IS )

when chicks hatch i give breeders grade solivite d one time a week

i use citrus ginni pig /rabbit bedding sawdust in breeding cabbinets

and chicks are normally fed milit sticks from two weeks on however i have not been able to buy bulk this year so the just get bit of canery breeders tossed in dayly from two weeks on

i feed the breeders once a week carrot grated with boiled egg mashed shell and all add on weetbix and mix i now sprinkle polenta on to this mix

once the chicks hatch they get it twice a week and they get two of the following daly spinach or silver beet carrot fresh seedling grasses milk thistle dandelion orange or mix frozen veg just boiled lightly

and a square of bread

i clean the breeding cages once every two weeks thoroughly and at moment vac breeding room once two weeks i sweep every once a week untill chick all hatched when i vac dayly

i dont mark my eggs

i do candle once at around day eight if a nest has irregular fertility i will check again if not i just leave until day 15 where i will look one more time and remove anything empty or suss

oh they usually always get small shell grit however right now they are lacking this but wont be by end of next week

Edited by GenericBlue

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my friend has breed for years and only gives her birds seed veg water and a nesting box

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my friend has breed for years and only gives her birds seed veg water and a nesting box

 

birds will survive on just seed and water and veggies but they also need iodine and calcium block or they will run down so fast

i when i breed my pets only ever gave veg daily seed but all types i do here and iodine and calcium blocks

 

show birds are a whole new world

believe :wacko: me

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one breed n bicky mix

 

 

Is this your own recipe GB or can you buy it.

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What's the baby applesauce for?

Also, what are oat groats and pipettes?

 

You know what, I don't actually use the baby applesauce. I just read on the label of the hand rearing mix that if you are hand raising a chick and it's crop doesn't empty, you can mix some baby applesauce into the formula to help with that. So I got one little jar on hand just in case. :)

 

Oat groats are the same thing as hulled oats.

 

Pipettes are small plastic tubes with a bulb on one end, used for feeding a newborn chick if the mother isn't feeding it.

 

well in my breeding room you find the following on hand

 

bar the obvious( breeding cages ,perching, nest box and mason jars, water drinkers and budgies )

 

 

 

LOL! That's what I forgot to write, BUDGIES!!

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Finnie can you post a photo of the pipettes please

Edited by splat

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If anyone has AI tubes they are the greatest ever thing for feeding newborn chicks. I used to use a soy baby formula, I saved a lot of chicks.

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Finnie can you post a photo of the pipettes please

 

 

Here you go:

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Usually I get smaller ones, but this size works fine too

 

And while I was taking photos, I thought I'd get one of the bowl I use to weigh the chicks. When they get old enough, they won't stay in it anymore, but will usually perch on the edge. But then when they stop cooperating even that much, then I have turned the bowl upside down over the top of the chick, just long enough to get a weight, and then let it out! :lol:

 

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Those pipettes are identical to the oones that they have in our chemistry labs at school, ill know where to go if i need some.

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So is weighing the chicks important?

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So is weighing the chicks important?

 

Not so much when the parents are raising them. But if you are hand feeding them, then it is good to know that they are growing steadily, and you can be assured they are getting enough to eat.

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Okay, thanks Finnie:)

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Great ! That is very helpful, but you forgot money and knowledge ! But of course, you'd hope everyone has money for any dramas and knowledge for dramas too. :)

 

 

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