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September 28, 2021

Australian Budgies


i bought 2 budgies in december17 2020. they havent laid eggs. they are in a big cage which i s divided into two. i have put a pot and a stick of wood in it please suggest something.


Answer:

Hi Haad,

Budgies should be at least two years old before you give them a nest box and let them breed. They should not even be caged together until they are old enough for breeding. So if your birds are not yet 2 years old, you should not be trying to breed them. When they are old enough, they need a wooden nest box that is designed for budgies. It should be attached to the outside of the cage as high as possible. You should only have one pair of birds per cage if you are breeding. The pairs should not be able to see each other or they are not as likely to breed. They need to be on a nutritionally balanced diet such as pellets, and not a loose seed mix. They also need dark leafy greens, chopped veggies and a small amount of fruit. When set up for breeding, they also need an egg food with calcium. They need a lot of privacy when they are set up for breeding. And if they do lay eggs, they should be limited to 2 clutches per year. The nest box should be removed each time and not given back for 6 months.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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