Last Updated on November 27, 2022 by Ali Shahid
Every budgie owner wants their budgie pair to breed and increase the population of the cage by becoming parents. You are eager to know when your young birds’ couple will lay eggs. A budgie can lay four to six eggs in a single clutch for the first time.
She will lay eggs after eight to ten days of mating with the male budgie. And you will observe her spending most of the time resting in the perches and searching for food.
Here’s the secret, if a female budgie lives alone in the cage she may lay eggs. Isn’t it surprising? It’s natural when environmental and social signals activate the hormones and the female budgie will start to develop eggs inside her. Hence female budgies can lay eggs even without mating with male budgies. That’s because egg production occurs regardless of mating.
According to avian experts, the eggs produced without mating are usually unfertilized. So, it is necessary to mate with the male for having fertilized eggs. If the eggs aren’t fertilized, once she has laid the eggs, she may grow confused and sit on the eggs. Thus incubating them as if they were viable. They’ll eventually rot and need to be thrown out.
Now hang on and learn the hatching duration as well as the reasons for not hatching eggs. You might love to learn.
Eggs hatching duration:
It has been observed that a mother budgie won’t start lying on her eggs until the second or, at times, the third, is laid. Once the egg incubation starts, it hatches within 18 days. But keep in mind never interfere in releasing the chick from the eggshell. It is completely unethical.
No one can estimate how many eggs will hatch. So, you need to wait patiently for the estimated time of hatching the eggs.
You observe that the egg remains unhatched in the nest even after three weeks of incubation then they will not hatch. They are waste and you can throw them away.
Budgie Eggs Not Hatching:
If you observe that your budgie eggs are not hatching then there might be some of the reasons listed below,
- Malnutrition is a common cause leading to unfertilized eggs. If you discover that the egg is not hatched due to a soft eggshell. It is a symptom that your budgie is not getting enough calcium in the diet.
- Sometimes female budgie lays the eggs in the absence of the male so the eggs produced will be unfertilized.
- In some cases, the eggs may have fallen straight to the floor – either from a perch or over the side of a cramped nesting box – in which case it will be semi-scrambled.
- The infertile male birds
- Sometimes young birds fail to incubate their eggs in the nest and fail to bring them to full term.
- Overcrowding in the cage may interrupt the incubation of the eggs.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can you separate baby budgies from their parents?
According to avian experts, it is recommended to remain that baby birds remain closely connected to their parents until 9 months after hatching. You can separate them after 12 months when they are ready to breed.
How to incubate budgie eggs?
Your baby budgie’s mother is young and you doubt their incubation. Don’t worry you can try hatching yourselves. A decent incubator with temperature settings and a self-turning system is all needed for egg-hatching.
Just buy an incubator and maintain the temperature around 37°C and a relative humidity of 65% around the eggs.
So, we all know that budgies are usually very good parents, and you will not need to interfere to help them rear their young. Budgies usually have 2-3 clutches per year with 4 to 8 eggs in each clutch. They love to incubate them. You just need to take care of mother budgies and all done.
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.