Éire Budgerigar Society

Est 1952

FAQ

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Housing

Genetics

Breeding

  1. Does the laying of a large clutch of eggs were out the hen?

    A very simple answer to this question...NO!. It is the rearing of the chicks which will wear out the hen. I prefer to move chicks rather then eggs, as I do not like to handle the eggs. So I would let the hen rear the first four chicks and transfer any other chicks she may hatch  :).

  2. What causes a nest to be infertile?

    There are many causes, but timing is probably the biggest one. You have got to ask yourself are your breeding pair fit to breed. Are both birds in tip top form. This "breeding condition" is of utmost importance. Feeding is very important, and of course the conditions such as, Light, heat, and fresh Air.

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Housing

  1. Should the sexes be flighted together ?

    This was a question, and discussion which took place on our Facebook page. I would always flight the sexes together outside the breeding season, as I have found , the hens get bored and tend to get fat if housed in stock cages, just with other hens. If they are being chased by cocks, they will remain fitter :lol:

    However one month prior to breeding,  I move my breeding hens to their breeding cages in order to break any bonds which may have formed in the flight. I can also now begin to condition the hens with a wider varity of food.

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Genetics

  1. How can I sex a bird before the moult?

    With normals the Cere of the young cocks tends to be a purpleish colour and the hens have a much paler cere.  also the nostrils of the hens then to be larger, and with experience you will spot the differences. If the shreik loudly and bite harder.....They're hens!:)


    If you use a sex linked cock, such as Opalines,Cinnamons, Lutinos, Albinos, Slates or Lacewing, and you pair these to non sex-linked hens. Any chicks which appear in the nest of the varities above must be hens and all normal looking birds will be Cocks, but split for the sex-linked variety.

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