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Plenty of research and information about breeding stored in your head?

one male budgie? (not related to mating partner)

one female budgie?( not related to mating partner)

Nest box

time? Not sure how much is advised? help me out please

an aviary?

plenty of cash (for possible vets bills)?

A handy book on breeding budgies?

First aid experience for budgies?

Handfeeding experience/knowledge?

 

anyone else think of anything else?

 

someone mentioned we should do this so i have taken the liberty of starting a post. At the end of the post we shall amalgamate all the suggestion in some order and set up a new post inthe breeding forum!

what about that? :)

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Guest Lin

Excellent idea Budge. Parents to be at least 18 months old, but less than3years (?), and in good health.

 

Knowledge of parents to be background - genetics, and health history

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Somewhere for the babies to go once they've fledged.

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Guest eterri

Wonderful post and replies!

 

I'll add that it's probably to have a good avian vet and a good backup vet in case of emergencies.

 

I just know I'm going to repeat what others have said but I'll sum up my thoughts:

 

1) Research, education, research!

 

2) A solid understanding of said research. :unsure:

 

3) Adequate time: You must be able to devote most of your time to the budgies if need be. Especially if handfeeding becomes necessary.

 

4) Money. It sounds petty but it's a fact. You can't properly breed without the funds to cover various costs.

 

5) Space. Crowded budgies aren't happy, healthy budgies. And you must plan ahead for the chance that the babies will have to stay with you for an extended period or even forever.

 

6) Probably most important: LOVE and good intentions for the BIRDS. Don't breed because you "kind of like budgies." Breed because you LOVE budgies and because you feel you can actually do something positive for them, not just because you want to see babies. If it's not best for them, you'll have to suck it up and admire babies from a far. Or, even better, take satisfaction from rescuing budgies in need of loving homes.

 

And everything that the others said I completely agree with. There is SO much to know and I don't believe this is something that you just jump into and "learn as you go." I think you have to prepare yourself as much as humanly possible so that even if you run into something you're unsure of, you have a good idea of how to fix it or at least where to turn for answers. That's another reason having a vet is so important.

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Guest morethanrubies

Good idea! Not surprised to see eterri posting on this subject! :unsure: Good work, ladies.

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Food!

 

Make sure the prospective pair have been on a varied diet for awhile. The hen will need to shore up plenty of vitamin and mineral reserves for the rigors of parenthood. The male too, as he does a lot of regurgitating. :unsure: Healthy parents will go a long way towards producing healthy babies.

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Guest budgeover

is it advisable to feed the female up a little then BEFORE breeding Rainbow?

What sorts of food do you recommend for them?

Do they need extra food whilst feeding the young? My breeder had egg mix stuff in the cage when i collected Gooby. Is this to feed the babies?

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The soft food (egg mix) helps the hen to be able to produce crop milk. :unsure:

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Guest budgeover

i didn't know that budgies produced milk Bea!

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i didn't know that budgies produced milk Bea!

Crop milk is the liquid that mummy birds feed newly born babies....i *think* it works to the effect of the first milk that mammals give their babies and provides them with antibodies....not sure on that one though. It has to be really fine for the new babies because they can't digest seeds. As the babies get older you begin to see seeds in their crops too.

 

Somewhere for the babies to go once they've fledged.

would that be an aviary Bea?

Or new homes.

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Guest budgeover

facinating Bea!

 

thankyou for that. i didn't know that

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Guest pixie25

im so glad to see this post has been set up after previous discusions. :unsure: thanks for starting it off budge.

 

good to see everyone contributing. the importance of keeping record cards should also be highlighted.

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Guest Lin

What about cage size? A cage big enough for 2 might be too small for parents and 5 or 6 babies.

 

Have they thought about what they would do if the homes they think they have organised fall through? Maybe because of a defect in the baby?

 

A knowledge of symptoms of sick bird, a good avian vet, and the cash to take the birds to the vet

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Guest monsoon

remember you need a seperate cage to keep the babies once they have fledged, and also time for the female to recover.

 

Claire

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Guest PyscoFalcon

Also a heatlamp and brooder in case you need to handfeed.

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is it advisable to feed the female up a little then BEFORE breeding Rainbow?

What sorts of food do you recommend for them?

Do they need extra food whilst feeding the young? My breeder had egg mix stuff in the cage when i collected Gooby. Is this to feed the babies?

 

The healthier the bird is to begin with, the less likely there will be problems that are dietary-related (like egg-binding or thin-shelled eggs in a seemingly healthy hen of proper breeding age). I think both birds should be on a varied diet all the time anyway. I'm sure you've noticed with Gooby the best time to introduce new foods is when they are very young. Usually the birds will want extra fresh foods when breeding, especially green ones.

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Guest Pv2

I have 2 Budgies, 1 male and 1 female. The problem is that the female is too young to breed. I've breed budgie before but I nver had this problem. okay so my question is can i intoduce a older female to boh birds with out anyproblems?

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Guest eterri

I wouldn't add a female to the mix as two of them may fight. Keep the breeding pair in their own cage.

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Guest budgie_lover

Q: i am looking to start off with a new pair i already have the male where should i get the female from, a breeder or a pet shop? :blush: please can you email me

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A breeder would definitely be the best place to get a breeding hen cause you could possibly already get an experienced mother and you'll be able to get information on her parents and stuff. :blush:

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i agree with bea find a good breeder he will sort you out a good bird from a good steady line

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