Do I put in the nesting box

Feathered Janique

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Hello everyone, today my budgies were mating alot :oops: :lol: here's the problem: I want to try to prevent breeding for my birds health, but if they do lay fertile eggs, I'd like them to hatch and let the parents raise them for the beginning and me raise them when proper to do so. But I'm confused on something, do I need to put in the nesting box now if I want the chicks to be born healthy, or can I put them in the nesting box once they are lain? I asked for help somewhere else and they were really mean about it and didn't answer my question. They said that I shouldn't breed ever because I never had any experience, but doesn't experience come with the first time? They used some pretty harsh words, so I decided to come here. Please help me understand! (I know that there's a chance of no eggs, but I'm pretty sure my birds will lay eggs sooner or later)
 

Michael Reynolds

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the important thing with a nesting box is the base being level, i do not use any thing in the base of the box for budgies myself
 

DizzyBlue

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You don't put anything in there if you want to breed them. You put it in the cage and they take it in and organise their way and it's bonding behaviour for them.
You can buy budgie nesting material. If they are first time breeders don't be surprised if they loose the first batch.
Remember to not be tempted to look in the nest box its stressful for them and more chance of loosing the babies so no peeking!
With budgies that are first time breeders it is easier to use a concave dip in the box it stops the birds loosing track of the eggs and rolling away.
 

Feathered Janique

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I'm confused on something else, should I let them breed, or wait until I can get a mentor, learn, then do it myself? Or will I be able to do it successfuly do it on my own with lots of research and questions in here and other places? I don't want any baby budgies dying.
 

Feathered Janique

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There is no one to show me close enough, so I'd have to wait until I move somewhere near one, which by then, would be too late to breed them. It's a pretty big deal, so I want to make sure I know I'm making right decisions
 

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Basically you let the birds decide and leave them to it.
Unfortunately you cannot save every chick if the parents decide to get rid of them reason after years of experience is the parents can tell if there is an issue that we can't see. They know if the chick is viable.
Unfortunately humans although hearts and attachments to our pets the love for the underdog does get in the way at times. Sometimes we want them all to live but in reality Mother Nature is the decider and we end up with broken hearts.
Mentor for breeding hmmm nope hand rearing from hatching and using incubators yes most definitely. Hand rearing is a nightmare I know have been there got the t-shirt reared chicks from hatch day, making sure correct feed temperatures and consistency of food relevant to age, alarm clock on permanent ring alarm for baby to get food at right time (that's a major drainer and sleep deprivation no popping out for weeks) correct humidity sterilizing absolutely everything. And even then your not guaranteed to be successful, way better to leave birds to do it and when chicks are feathered still parent dependant as they start to fledge then interact and get them used to humans.
 

Michael Reynolds

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letting budgies breed can be heart breaking if the chicks do not survive. you must be prepared for the sad find but seeing the chicks develop can be so rewarding this I find counter acts for any sad times. I also do not intervene and take over the care of a chick budgie although i may assist the parents with feeding and cleaning once the chick has fledged the nest. I do not use boxes with a concave dip at the bottom as i have found that this can restrict the budgies turning the egg properly as they start to turn the egg and then the egg rolls back to it original position . the base must be level or the eggs will role to one side and not be turned properly. later in the chicks development in the egg not being turned properly, may be a reason for foot deformities or undeveloped eggs. I have hand reared but not with budgies or tiels, two hour feeds and for someone not experienced too many things can go wrong. parent reared normally ends up with stronger and happier budgies.
 

Feathered Janique

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I'd like to take care of the baby budgies at around when they are three weeks old. Thanks everyone! is it right to breed for the first time without a mentor? Sorry if I have alot of questions , this is a really big decision. I think Sprinkles will become a good mother, she is healthy, active, and very smart, but I know I have that possibility of having to take care of them when newly hatched
 

Michael Reynolds

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If you leave it until the fledge the nest box they will still need feeding and will be as good or even better than a hand reared bird and less chance to make mistakes.
 

Feathered Janique

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I'm not going to do it now because I've decided there are better times to do it and right now is not that time, maybe I'll do it in the future :)
 
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