Last Updated on January 25, 2023 by Ali Shahid
You have a pair of budgies at your house. You want to learn everything about mating. Get happy! Here you will get all the information regarding the mating of these birds.
When you observe your female budgie cere turns vivid blue and male cere to chocolate brown. Smack! Your feather friends are going to welcome their little champs soon.
These little, loving, and charming birds are loved by all. Animal budgies also do mating to increase their population. Budgies typically begin breeding during the summer season or sometimes after the heavy rains.
They may breed at any time of the year if it’s been rainy. It usually takes place shortly after they have molted, found a place where there is sufficient food, and when the daylight hours are extended.
Let me tell you the secret, once budgies reach peak fitness and feel safe for mating they will mate. No matter what! This is completely a natural process so you need not worry about it.
What you can do is provide them with certain conditions such as bathing water, a clean environment, proper nutrition, and a little more care.
Do you want to know, how to exactly confirm whether your budgie pair is mating? So, just stick with me here.
Budgie Breeding Age:
Though, budgies can mate after six months of age. But it is recommended by different avian vet experts that budgies are not allowed to do so until they are at least 10 months old. Once they’ve reached the mature age, females will be able to breed for four years, and males for six years.
Signs of Budgie mating:
When you discover certain behavioral changes in your budgies then they are most probably ready to mate. If you see,
- The male cere turns darker blue and loses the mottling.
- The female fertility is at best when her cere is dark brown.
- Nibbling on each other
- Touching beaks
- Flying and sitting together
- Preening and grooming
- Imitating each other
- Male regurgitating food for females
- Constantly calling each other
- Males display feathers
Once they have all the favorable conditions, they mate and bond. Once they have mated, your female feather friend will get pregnant and typically lay her first egg within 8 – 10 days. At this period, she’ll start to spend most of her time in the cage.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will budgies mate without a nest box?
The short and quick answer is YES! Why not? They will do everything in their power to breed with or without a nesting box. But it is recommended to give them an ideal environment including food, house, and exercise.
How many eggs do budgies lay at a time?
Female budgies lay their first egg after eight to ten days. And they can lay 4 to 6 eggs at a time.
How do I encourage my budgies to mate?
You want to encourage your budgies to mate then ensure that the pair of budgies get 12 hours of darkness for sleep and 12 hours of sunlight. Once you notice your budgies flirting, this means that the setup is to their liking.
Budgies usually mate from October to March, but this can happen at other times. But it is recommended, don’t breed your budgies more than twice a year.
Is my bird pregnant?
Once your budgie has mate, you may notice some of the signs that include,
- Decrease in appetite
- Increased effort in breathing
- Fluffed feathers
- Decrease or change in color in dropping
- Swelling of the abdomen.
So, your budgies had successful mating. Budgies generally take good care of their young one but keep an eye on the little family to make sure none of the babies are being neglected.
Thank you for reading the article. Hopefully, this article will help you in maintaining your budgies’ nest to have a maximum number of fertilized eggs. If you want to learn more about budgies let us know in the comment section below.
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Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.