Welcome to our 2019 breeding journal. New entries are placed at the top, and go down in reverse order, so it might make more sense to start at the bottom of the page, and work your way up.
January 19, 2019
Well, I finally made my decision about whether to breed any more budgies or not. I had saved some of my lacewing line chicks from 2017 so that I would be able to continue on with them if I wanted to. It was nice having a year off from breeding, and I do plan to quit after this round so that I can continue to focus on my chicken and turkey breeding, and so that I have more time to spend with my two grandchildren.
But I also did miss having some baby budgies around. And the part I miss the most is the appointments when people come to purchase their baby birds. Over the years, I have really enjoyed the visits I have had with folks. I am able to do a lot of educating, and there is opportunity for practice taming sessions with the new baby before they take it home.
In fact, it is those practice taming sessions that caused me to want to keep a pet baby for myself, who wouldn't be destined to grow up to be a breeder bird. So that I could have the fun of taming my own bird, just like I instruct my customers to do with their birds. That is how Baby Groot joined our family in December of 2016. I will have to get some pictures of him for this entry. I'm having trouble adding the only one I have on my computer to the website.
So, today I have paired up four of the five birds I am going to breed this year and put them into breeding cages. I will wait a week before I give them nest boxes. This is to give them time to bond with each other. Sometimes, if a hen is given a nest box before she bonds with her intended, she will just go inside the box and begin laying eggs without ever mating. That wastes her resources, because she lays and sits on a round of infertile eggs. I will wait to open up any of their nest boxes until I see signs that the pair has bonded and has begun courtship procedures.
If giving boxes on January 26, I can expect eggs to start being laid within a week to 10 days of that. Then three weeks of incubation for the eggs to hatch. So look for chicks starting around Feb. 26. They should be old enough to go to homes in late April.
If you are interested in budgie genetics, check my Planned Breeding page to see my write-ups about each pair, and what I hope they will produce.
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