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September 27, 2022

Parakeet not mating in the right way


Hello, I recently saw my budgies mating. The male seems like he is getting unsuccessful attempts. They are both first timers. They are still learning right? Thanks.


Answer:

Hi Jackson,

The first rule of breeding birds is that it takes a lot of patience on your part. You are also likely to have some disappointments before you see any success. And some birds never make good breeders.

With your pair being new, I’m sure they just need more time to figure things out. Both birds should be about 2 years old – 18 months at the youngest. They can breed at a younger age, but they really are not ready and are more likely to fail or develop bad breeding habits that ruin them for ever being good breeders. You should be feeding them a nutritionally balanced diet like pellets or our foraging diets – not a seed mix. You should also offer dark leafy greens, chopped veggies and some fruit. When they finally get to the point where they are mating and seem ready for her to lay eggs, start feeding an egg food daily – either a commercial dry food, or scramble an egg with the shell washed, crushed and cooked with the egg. The cage should be in a quiet, private area and you should not be around them except when feeding them or maybe to do a quick check. If you bother them too much, they won’t settle down to breed. Hopefully if you are doing all of this, you will see some progress soon. Keep in mind the first clutch almost always fails. You need to remove the nest box after each clutch and rest the pair for 6 months, limiting them to two clutches per year. This will keep your hen healthy and able to produce healthy chicks.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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