My hen laid her first clutch in the food dish…the chicks still seem to think they belong in the nest despite being fully-fledged.
Hi followers and visitors!
As you know, there is a pet overpopulation problem in this country, not only with dogs and cats, but also with birds. Birds are a “niche” kind of pet, and it’s harder to find homes for them than it is to find a home for a dog or cat. They also require different care and nutrition than dogs and cats, and so they are not the right pet for many people.
For this reason, I ask you to consider the following before breeding your budgies:
- What are my goals in breeding?
- Will there be homes for the babies?
- Will my babies be healthy?
- Are the parents suitable to breed?
- Am I prepared to take my hen to the veterinarian if she gets egg-bound (egg trapped in cloaca)?
- Am I prepared to raise the babies myself if the parents can’t or won’t take care of them?
If you’re determined, and you want to breed your birds and have a passion for breeding, then I’ll send you to this forum post: http://forums.budgiebreeders.asn.au/index.php?showtopic=13358
It is very informative and, I would say, required reading for any would-be breeders. It is important to know egg and adult anatomy, as well as knowing everything about budgie growth stages!
If you don’t know where to find an avian veterinarian, please click here (USA): http://aav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=1803
Hi there! Most budgies molt twice a year or, sometimes, once a year. Some budgies molt more frequently than this. Their feathers will drop and then they’ll grow another set whenever their molt period is. Here is a quote from a website I found:
”Moulting Control: the factors controlling moulting are not well understood, but are known to be very complicated. Combinations of age, season, day length, hormone levels and breeding activity are involved in regulation of the moulting process. The moulting cycle for most birds is one year. Some birds have a twice yearly moult while some large parrots have a two year moult cycle. ”
So, unfortunately I can only tell you that my best guess is “within a few months to a year.” Good luck!
Maria Vdovichenko, illustration artist from Ukraine