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Breeding box for budgies

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 If your budgies are allowed outside the cage, and assuming you have a male and female, they may eventually mate and female may lay eggs in the places like:

  1. Dark Corners: Budgies are naturally inclined to find secluded and dimly lit areas for nesting. They may choose corners of the room where they feel hidden and protected.

  2. Behind Furniture: Budgies may try to nest behind or under furniture, such as sofas, cabinets, or bookshelves. These areas provide a sense of privacy and seclusion.

  3. Window Sills: Some budgies may be attracted to window sills as potential nesting spots. The proximity to natural light and a view of the outside environment can be appealing to them.

  4. Nesting Materials: If you provide nesting materials, such as shredded paper or untreated wood shavings, the female budgie may gather these materials and create a makeshift nest in various places around the room.

  5. Elevated Areas: Budgies may choose elevated spots, such as the top of tall furniture or shelves, to lay their eggs. These locations offer a vantage point and a sense of security.

If you don't want your budgies to breed, don't provide them with a breeding, but if they're allowed outside the cage, make sure you always know where they are and what they do, otherwise, one day they may surprise you with a bunch of eggs or baby budgies, which - if you are not prepared - may be in danger of not surviving. If you don't want to risk having unwanted baby budgies - consider having same sex budgies

  1. Size: The breeding box should be spacious enough to accommodate both the male and female budgie comfortably. The dimensions should be approximately 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) in width, depth, and height to provide sufficient room for nesting and movement. Perfect breeding box for budgies you can get HERE.

  2. Entrance Hole: The entrance hole of the breeding box should be large enough to allow the budgies to enter and exit easily but not so large that predators or other birds can enter. A hole size of around 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter is suitable for budgies.

  3. Material: Choose a breeding box made of durable and non-toxic materials. Plywood or other types of untreated wood are commonly used for breeding boxes. Avoid materials treated with chemicals or toxic finishes that may harm the budgies.

  4. Ventilation: Ensure the breeding box has proper ventilation to maintain good air circulation. Ventilation holes or gaps near the top or sides of the box help prevent the buildup of heat and humidity inside.

  5. Privacy: Budgies prefer privacy during the breeding process. Select a breeding box that provides a dark and secluded space for the budgies to feel secure. The box should have a solid back and sides to limit external disturbances.

  6. Removable Top or Side Access: Choose a breeding box that allows for easy access and inspection of the nest without disturbing the budgies. A removable top or side panel makes it convenient to check on the eggs, chicks, or perform necessary maintenance.

  7. Nesting Material: Some breeding boxes have a concave area or tray where nesting material, such as untreated pine shavings or shredded paper, can be placed. The nesting material provides a soft and comfortable substrate for the female budgie to lay her eggs. You can also use rolled oats that many breeders find better, as they seem to absorb humidity better. Don't worry if you see the female throwing nesting material out of the box. That's her nesting ritual; she'll leave as much material as she needs inside. If the box has concave inside, the female is likely to lay eggs in it. If there is no concave, the female should make one using nesting material. It's not good to leave the box with bare floor, as it may lead to splayed legs in baby budgies (legs deformation that is often caused by the mother sitting too tight on chicks or slippery nest floor)

  8. Cleaning and Hygiene: Consider a breeding box with a design that allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. It should be accessible for removing old nesting material, cleaning any debris, and disinfecting between breeding cycles to maintain good hygiene.

  9. Secure Mounting: Ensure the breeding box can be securely mounted OUTSIDE the cage. It should be stable and not easily dislodged or tipped over by the budgies' movements. Having the nest outside the cage allows for easier observation of the budgies' nesting behaviour. Breeders can closely monitor the egg-laying process, incubation, and chick development without needing to disturb the budgies by entering the cage. Nests located outside the cage provide the budgies with additional space for nesting and raising their chicks, simply saying  - more space left inside the cage.

Now - what to do if your budgie laid an egg on the cage floor and you didn't mean your pair to breed? Simply remove the egg from the cage. If there is no box and nesting material in the cage - the egg wouldn't contain an embryo anyway or wouldn't be developing. Eggs need certain conditions and a hen to incubate them, otherwise they won't develop and won't create a baby budgie.

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