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Phillip

Trying To Breed New Pair

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Hi all,

 

over the last 2 months i've paired together a new pair of budgies. They are both over 2 years old and are fed on a great diet. They have cuttlebone and fresh vegetables available to them at all times along with their seed mix, millet and I also give them egg mix.

 

Over the last week, the female has been showing great attention to the nest box. She is focused on it all day and spends her entire time inspecting the hole and putting her head in and out whilst also going inside the box for periods of maybe 1 minute long and then coming out again and then going back in etc etc.

 

However, when the male tries to go next to the box when she's inside she immediately comes out and then chases the male away. The male feeds her, but i've never seen them perch close to each other or preen each other. It seems the only interaction they have is the male feeding her pretty consistently throughout the day.

 

Also, despite her great interest in the box, neither of them appear to be coming into condition. Male cere is still light blue and hers has remained the normal colour.

 

Do you guys think that this pair isn't a match, or does it appear as though they are heading towards the right direction?

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Can you post a photo of their ceres? She sounds like she might be starting to go in the right direction. Have you got nesting material in the box?

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I'm no expert but I don't think you have 2 females, they could both be males. The top one I think is a male recessive pied and their ceres don,t go blue it stays pink to flesh coloured. The second one has scaly face and needs treatment. Again I'm no expert hopefully someone else will comment.

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Hi Phillip, which bird is currently showing interest in the nesting box? Not sure about scaly face as the picture is not that clear.(or my eyesight is failing).

Edited by Kaj

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It is the yellow one that is showing interest in the box. And the blue one that i've seen bopping its head and feeding the yellow one. The cere on the yellow appears to be going a darker brown colour.

 

i've taken some more pics which are clearer.

 

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They are better photos. The yellow is a hen and coming into condition.

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Thanks! I thought so.

 

What about the blue one? Is it a male or no?

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My guess is that the sky blue opaline is a male judging by the behaviour you describe and the photo. I would be inclined to separate them for awhile.... the change may be as good as a holiday. They then may appreciate the company of each other more and things may take off.

Edited by Kaj

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Thanks! ill leave them a little longer and see what happens.

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