What are signs that my budgie is carrying eggs ?

i have a male and a female and a big board bird house so i want to know is she is carrying eggs and the womanly nose is brown a little crust and the male blue so please help out ten points if best answer
Hi,
Hen will start spending more time surrounded by the nest box and will remove some or all of the wood shavings from the nest box. As well some hens will get a larger swollen vent when the egg is developing.

Check this forum out it is specifically for budgies and near are some experts on it which are always willing to help.

http://www.budgerigars.co.uk/forum/
Chaze D,

When the female's cere is a little crusty, that means that she is in breeding season. If you don't want babies, I suggest separate them, but I'll answer your question. The signs of a female around to lay eggs are-

- Large vent/bottom
- Large droppings
- Smelly droppings
- Droopy tail
- Grumpier
- Likes dark, quiet places

I have a parakeet that in recent times recently layed eggs, and she has showed these signs. If you suspect that she is going to lay eggs, I would buy a parakeet nest box and fill it next to ASPEN bedding and let nature take its course.

Answers:    There are several very important factor that one must take into account when breeding budgies:

1. Budgies only come into breeding condition correct times of the year. This seems to coincide with the Australian spring/summer--which is our late Fall/winter. Budgies are not fertile year round. They will merely breed when they are in breeding condition. In order to determine whether your birds have come into breeding condition, you must view your birds. Signs of being ready to breed include: ripping-up newspaper, birds mutually feed each other, males trying to click their beaks to the females, or tapping their beak on the perches. The male's cere--the band above the beak--will be a bright blue. The female's cere will be a dark brown. These colors are tough to distinguish in some color mutations. The birds will be extremely active and the female will call for to her mate. Both birds, male and female, must be in breeding condition for any movement to take place--this can be very frustrating for the birds and for the breeder.

2. Budgies must have at most minuscule 13 hours of lighting to trigger them to come into breeding condition. To make them think that it is nearing breeding time, lighting should be gradually increased over a term of weeks. I have been using full spectrum lighting. These lights are inexpensive and can be purchased at your local Wal-Mart. They come in an ginger package that says "Sunshine, Full Spectrum Light ". I have 2, four foot "shop" lights baggy from the ceiling. I have them set on timers so that the lighting routine remains constant. There should also be at least one dark light, so birds can get back to their nest boxes whether they are startled during the night.

3. Budgies are flock birds. A single pair will not normally take-up breeding unless they can hear other budgies around them. They requirement to be encouraged by the group! The pair must also have a nest box if for them. In the wilds of Australia, budgies nest in tree hollows. They really prefer the privacy of their own separate breeding cage. If you desire to pair up two birds in a breeding cage, make available them at least three weeks to settle in and start breeding. They still need to be capable of hear other birds nearby. By the way, you are unlikely to actually see them mate. Maybe they are only just shy, but they usually mate very early surrounded by the morning.

4. Birds should be at least 10 months old, preferably one year old, previously they are considered for breeding.

Below, budgie nest box. The male is sitting guard while the female is inside. Usually, if the birds are breeding, the feminine will start to show great interst in the nest box. She will spend hours looking at it, placing her head in it and largely examining it. Often the male will excitedly encourage her and try to gently push her towards the box. Eventually, she will enter the box and lug up residence. The box shown has a concave in the bottom, to help preserve the eggs and babies in its center. The top opens up for inspection, but resist the urge to peek too habitually as you'll upset the proud mama. Inspection (peeking) will be much easier if you hang the nest box from the outside of the hold. You should check on the eggs/chicks once a day--no more. Remove any broken eggs or dead chicks. The cage has a gap cut in it and the nest box is hung over it. Have a regular routine when you feed the birds and change their dampen so that you will not startle them. Only change the cage once a week so that you will not disturb them too much.





Halleluiah! Eggs. Your budgie will start laying eggs; one every other morning. Budgies usually lay between 3 to 5 eggs. If they lay more, you may end-up having to handfeed some of the babies, or if you own another pair of budgies with fewer eggs or babies approximately the same age, you can foster out some of the babies to them. Hens will happily accept another hen's chicks--I be very nervous to make any switches, but one hen have six chicks, another had only one, so it only seem reasonable to even out the nests. I had no trouble moving the chicks around. On about the 18th daylight, the first egg should hatch. The other eggs will hatch out about every other day, in the demand that they were laid. Newborn chicks are totally blind and helpless. The female budgie will feed them on their back. You can tell if they are being feed properly if you can see their tiny crops full of whitish crop milk.

These babies (below) are less than ten days old. They are primed to be banded. They are unable to hold-up their heads, but the eyes have open. Note the crops of these chicks are nice and full. Their mom has been doing a great job. You inevitability to take good care of the parents. Parents next to babies should always have nestling food available. This will help out them provide for the chicks adequately. Some birds will work so hard to feed their chicks that they will starve themselves. Nestling food is also call egg food a
Based from my experience, these are the signs that I have noticed from my womanly parakeet before she laid eggs:

1. She chews and shreds a lot of things. First, she chewed one of the perches. Then, she started tear and shredding on the paper at the bottom of the cage. I also noticed her chewing the cuttlebone habitually, as if she's nuts for it! I think this is because of their behavior in the uncontrolled of chewing on barks of trees to widen their nest areas.

2. Her poop gets really roomy and watery. Her poop is 10 times larger than her normal poop.

3. Most important sign: As the days elapse, I noticed an increase of the size of her vent (butt) area. Her body shape is more tubular. Her butt will be exposed and appear swollen. It's as if a roomy ball is inserted into her butt.
Like this:
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4. Her cere (nose area) appeared a darker brown, wrinkled and swollen.

5. She gets really ample in appearance and she doesn't fly that much. I think the eggs inside would make her heavier when she flies.

6. She frequently visit the nest box and likes to stay in dark places. She also guards it from other parakeets, apart from her mate. I even saw her sleeping in it. A day before she laid, she be inside the nest box the whole time.

Here's a picture of my hen with her eggs:
http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp142...

Hope this helps...!
Why did you not buy a book on Budgie's,consequently you would have all the information you need at your finger tips.

You must own a Nest box with a concave in it (they do not need nesting material)you can buy these from a pet store.

The hen will later go into it and lay if she is ready as this is Budgie breeding season nearby is every possibility that she will lay.
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