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Breeding Cages for Budgerigar
Breeding Cages: When breeding for show, or to produce a specific color, the parentage of the budgies is vital. Pairs should be housed separately. Breeding cages are easily available in local shops as single units. They are also available as double or triple units, separated by sliding panels. These are also usefull as stack cages for young birds, outside the breeding season. Cage fronts are also available separately, often in different sizes.
Cage Design for Budgies
Suitable designs Try to make the cage as large as possible as a pair may be housed in there for as long as 17 weeks if they have two rounds of chicks.
I would recomend a minimum length of 60cm. The cage should be made of thin plywood rather than hardboard as the birds like to chew! Paint with a light colored emulsion which is safe to use. Do NOT use gloss or matt paints which may contain lead or other toxins. If possible secure the nesting box to the outside of the cage as this will free up interior space. Place the cage at least 30cm off the ground. Other cages can be place on top up to a maximum of three high. It is also a good idea to have a removable tray at the bottom of the cage. This should be lined with newspaper and changed on a regular basis.
Aviary Breeding Budgies
Breeding budgies on the colony system in an aviary is an attractive way of keeping there parakeets. There is less work than with breeding cages but problems arise from fighting. One hen in a group often becomes a nuisance to the others. Often entering their nest boxes and causing eggs and chicks to be destroyed. This risk can be minimised by not overcrowding and only keeping pairs and no odd birds. It is also a good idea not to introduce new stock during the whole of the breeding season as this will upset the established pecking order. Place all the nesting boxes at the same hight so there is no competition for the highest box. Allow a few extra boxes so there is some choice for the pairs. New stock should be introduced every season to avoid interbreeding.
Budgies Winter Breeding
Budgies will often breed at all times of the year when kept in artificial conditions. By using artificial light and heat during the colder months breeders may start pairing their birds as early as christmas for showing in the July season.