But I've gotten busy lately and set up several of my birds for breeding. We should start to see some progress now.
There is one pair of Yellow Face Star Finches that have been laying a lot of eggs already. Unfortunately, they have been laying them on the floor of their cage! I've fostered some of those to some society finches, and I'm waiting to see if they will hatch.
The Bourke's and budgie hens have been showing signs that they are serious about doing some nesting, so I finally gave them their nest boxes yesterday. One Bourke's hen had already started to lay eggs on the floor of her cage, and as soon as I gave her the box yesterday, she went right into it. I expect her next egg to be in there today.
It takes roughly three months from start to finish, so my estimate is that we will have parent raised baby budgies available by early June. I don't expect to hand feed any babies this time around unless I run into problems and a mother needs me to step in. But with three pairs going, it's often possible to foster chicks from one mother to another.
Here are some photos of my new English budgies.