Budgerigar parakeets mated, and the female begins to lay eggs. For this, you need a budgie nest. During breeding, we can see a greater affection of the two budgerigars. They are in love, and the female can lay up to 10 eggs. In order to mate, budgies need extremely generous living conditions (hygiene, adequate food, light). A Budgie parakeet nest is usually made of plywood, and the bottom has a hollow where eggs can be deposited. Usually the nest is attached to the cage, and you can cut a few bars at the nest entrance. For larger cages the budgie nest may be placed inside.
Budgie nest absence will cause the female looking for a place to lay their eggs, such as to try and climb above but eggs may be dropped and will break. Budgerigar nest absence may increase the chances (sometimes to 100%) that the eggs do not hatch. Parakeet breeders say that budgies need a lot of quiet and spacious cages in order to reproduce.
Budgie nest sizes. The acquisition. Budgie aviaries
A budgerigar nest may be built of wood and must be large enough to easily fit a budgerigar with wings outstretched. Appropriate size would be 5.1 inches tall, 7.9 inches long, 7.9 inches wide. When the chicks grow up, the female will have to open her wings to cover them all. It is recommended that the roof be removable to allow for easy cleaning. A budgerigar parakeet nest should have a round hole in the front with a diameter of about 2 inches. For two or more pairs of parakeets, cage sizes increase with the number of budgerigars.
Whether you buy a budgie nest or you make one, attach it to the cage or place it within. In any specialty store can be found budgerigar nests with appropriate dimensions. If you have nests of various sizes, choose the big one. When breeding happens in aviaries, budgie nests should be similar so as to not create conflicts if two females prefer the same budgerigar nest. In this case, breeding is easier with easy feeding and high efficiency. It is preferred to separate breeding pairs as it can get high quality birds.
Keep only 3-4 chicks to one nest so that they to be well-fed and not exhaust the parents. Separate chicks to 5-6 weeks when they become independent of their parents and eat alone. Budgerigar chicks are separated by sex and are also kept in aviaries to mature.
First eggs. Budgerigar chicks maturity
If all goes well, the female will begin to lay eggs 8 to 10 days after she gets used to the nest. If it happens that the eggs are deposited on the floor of the cage, move the eggs to the budgerigar nest. Once the eggs have been deposited, mark the date on your calendar. After about 7 days, light an egg from the side, and if you see something like capillary veins then it is a fertile egg. They hatch after 18 days. If some eggs do not incubate, do not rush to throw out the eggs because the female sits on the eggs but not from day one. During incubation, only female sits on the eggs while the male parakeet brings the food. Males are very affectionate and come when the female pats with her beak on the budgie nest wall.
Budgie breeders must learn to check the chicks’ health. After a few days, they should have a bright color. A budgie chick who has full goiter means that it is well-nourished and healthy in most cases. Budgie chicks can be left next to their parents until you notice that they feed themselves or parents pinch them. Chicks leave the budgie nest after about 5-6 weeks.
A couple of budgerigar parakeets never separate. They care for each other, even if they fight occasionally, and break up only if someone separates them.
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