What does a pregnant budgie look like ( Revealed!)

Last Updated on August 26, 2022 by Ali Shahid

You have a pair of budgies in your home. You discover some change in the behavior. Curious to know! Whether your budgie is pregnant or ill?

If you observe a change in cere color, swollen abdomen, or slight weight gain. Good news! You may become proud parents of the baby birds after a few days.

We all know that female birds can lay eggs without even mating with a male. But those eggs may be infertile.  That’s why you commonly hear that the term pregnancy is associated with birds. The development of the embryo usually happens outside the mother’s body.

What does a pregnant budgie look like?

Budgies usually get ready to breed around five to ten months of age. In certain species, breeding duration may lead to 3 years.  And once they mate, female birds will lay eggs within 24 hours.  

When your budgies undergo mating you will observe eye pinning, regurgitation, and displays such as wing flapping.  

Just stick with me here and next time you will never manipulate between ill and pregnant budgie.

Signs of pregnant budgies:

Certain symptoms of pregnant budgies are as follows,

  • Your parakeet poops less and produces large drooping.
  • Your budgie becomes more defensive.
  • Your budgies start spending more time around the nest.
  • You may observe a soft bump against the vent, fluffed appearance.
  • Budgies may be unable to maintain balance on perch.

By keeping an eye out for the above signs, you can usually determine if your budgie is about to lay eggs.

Birds usually lay eggs in the morning. Your female feather friend will sit on those eggs until hatching begins. And hatching usually starts in about 15 to 20 days.

Once you have breeding budgies.  Make sure to give them proper care. Provide them with a dry and warm nesting box,  plenty of high-quality bird food, and water. Ten to twelve hours of sunlight per day is also recommended for the birds.

People Also Ask

In which month do budgies lay eggs?

Budgies lay eggs anytime from five months to almost ten years of age.

Do birds lay eggs if they are not fertilized?

Yes, birds lay eggs whether they are fertilized or unfertilized. The entire egg, the shell, is made before fertilization occurs.

So, the female budgie still needs to lay that egg.  The only difference between a fertilized and an unfertilized egg is that there is sperm in the former.

How do I know if the egg is fertile or unfertile?

Let me tell you the secret only fertilized eggs grow into baby budgies. You want to learn about egg fertility.

You can use a candling technique to know whether the egg is fertilized or not. All you need to do is wear a glove (precautionary measure).

Just hold the egg in your hand and expose the torchlight to the interior of the egg.  If it’s well developed, you’ll be able to see the outline of the bird inside.

Red veins are showing through, that’s a sign of a healthy egg. If all you can see is a shape without any red lines, the egg is a dead one. A dark room will help you with successful handling.

Final verdict:

The bottom line is budgies need large space to breed. So, it is recommended to have a large cage of around 20*20*20 inches in length, width, and height of the cage. So, your budgies can fly freely in the cage and reliably breed.

Once you provide them with a breeding environment and accomplished their need to lay eggs in a healthy environment. They will successfully mate and lay eggs.

Also, keep in mind that; unfortunately, not all eggs are fertile.

Thank you for reading the article. After reading this article you can easily differentiate between pregnant and ill budgie. Let us know about the queries you have related to this article in the comment section below.

Your response will be appreciated.


  • Ali Shahid

    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.

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