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January 25, 2023

My male budgie died when female was hatching


Hey, My male budgie died when female was hatching, 4 eggs were being hatched and 2 were remaining. The male died due to Rat attack. now the female budgie have raised up all the baby chicks and all are doing well. so what should i do with the female? will she be able to pear with his own babie male?


Answer:

Hi,

I am glad that she was able to raise the chicks. Now you must separate them from her if they are eating on their own. Do not ever breed related birds – so no, you can’t pair her with one of her own chicks. This will result in birds that are inbred and are prone to genetic issues, deformities, overall bad health and weakness or dead in shell chicks. Not only that, but since they are hers and she knows it, if they stay with her now she is likely to start attacking them. This is nature’s way to prevent related birds from breeding. You might be able to sell the chicks to a pet shop or trade them for an adult male. Do not put a young male with your female or she may kill it. You need to try to find a male that is at least 2 years old, or get one and keep it separate from her until he is 2 years old.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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