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On the weekend my kids accidently let one of my male budgies out of his breeding cabinet and he flew away, i left a cage out hoping he would come home but he has not yet. The hen is sitting on 5 eggs and i did not want her to have to raise them by herself so i thought i would try to give her a new male, one i have bred with before who is a great father. She accept him which is really great and he bonded with her very quickly and is feeding her and going in the nestbox and sitting on the eggs. I hope he continues taking on a fatherly role even though the babies will not be his.

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Interesting. Keep us updated on how that works out. I would never have tried that myself, seems simpler to just leave the hen to raise the chicks which she is quite capable of doing on her own. Seems to me that introducing a new male at this stage would be more risk than its worth, but i would love to see good things happen!

 

Let us know how it works out!

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This is the hen's first clutch so i am not sure what she is like as a mother that is why i did not want to let her raise them by herself. She is only just started laying the eggs so she still has 12 days before the first egg is due to hatch which hopefully gives plenty of time for the pair to develop a bond.

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Oh Deb, Sorry to hear about the one that got away, Kids eh. They do the most darnest things. It is great to hear that

the "replacement" has bonded and fitting well into his role... Fingers crossed it all works out and that the hen is a good mum ....

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What was the pair you put down Deb?

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Iam not to sure it will work,But for your sake I hope it dose,I would of just left her by herself.Are the eggs fertile,

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Good luck with them Deb. Keep us posted and it will be really interesting to know how it all turns out. I have my :bump: for you.

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fingers crossed.

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What was the pair you put down Deb?

 

Kelani ( who i got from you) is the hen and Konani was a beautiful cobalt normal i bought only 4 months ago was the male who flew away. So far i have 3 fertile eggs, it is too early to candle the other 2. I am going to keep my fingers crossed that what i am trying will work, the male has raised 3 clutches before so he is experienced.

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Wow that is amazing. Usually when a new bird is introduced to a breeder cage with a hen in the nest, she would attack the "intruder" and kill him. You were so lucky it went the other way. Sometimes too, it can cause the hen to abandon the eggs and start over with the new male. I have all my fingers and toes crossed for you :bump:

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I am just about to give up on trying to breed, i am going from one disaster to another one. Last night a mouse got into the breeding cabinet and ate one of the eggs and cracked the shell of 2 others. The membranes were not broken on the eggs so i have put water based wood glue on the cracks and i hope they will be okay. i thought i had got rid of my mouse problem but it looks like they are still getting in.

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Deb, I am so sorry :(

 

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With your mouse issue... i would say its caused from your wire. mice can walk right though that type of wire. Perhaps put tin 2 -3 feet up all the sides of your aviary and i'd like to see the little buggers try get in then. You set up is awesome! :D

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The holes in the wire are only 1.2mm, i thought mice could not get through that size. I am not sure if it was mice now because she had 4 eggs early this morning and i have just gone to feed them and she has 2 eggs now. Mice do not usually come around in the day so maybe the new male is eating them. i do not think my idea has work, i think i will remove the male and hope she will be okay by herself.

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I would think that the hen fighting with the cock,would of broke the eggs.Take him out & let the hen hatch,the

remaining eggs. I have had a hen rear 3 chicks by herself,when I did't have a foster to give them to. The wire squares will be ??. 1.2mm would be the wire thinckness.

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Sorry i meant the squares are 1.2cms , i have found a couple of mice with their heads stuck in the squares so i thought they could not get through them.

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mice can get through 1.2cm... mine is 1cm and i have seen them queeze though that too. Your wire is the cause of your mouse problem is for sure.

I now use 0.5cm by 0.5cm wire mesh which is mouse proof

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The hens were looking a grey colour so i candled them and they have died in the shell before they had finished developing. They were fertile when i candled them at 6 days. What could cause this to happen? I am disappointed that it all went wrong with this pair. I lost the male and now i lost the chance to get a baby from him.

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I'm so sorry :wacko:

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