Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
North Mankato, Minnesota, United States
Posted May 24, 2009
I have a breeding couple that just recently had four eggs hatch. The mother is protective of the babies but will allow me to hold them and to clean the snuggle sack that they live in. Overall they are very friendly birds once you get their trust. I first got two females from a local pet store. The one named Jasmine was littler then her sister Saphire but she was definitely the alpha female. They both were very vocal and loved to come out of their cage and play on a jungle gym that I had built them. I had read in several books that generally when two females live together they won't lay eggs but boy was that wrong. I ended up having them lay two sets of separate eggs at different times. They were infertile but I left them in there until the birds got sick of them. I decided then to get them males to hang with and less then a month latter we had another set of eggs from both although these were still unfertile due to the males being too young to reproduce successfully.
On the second try though we got three eggs that hatched from both females. The one thing I would caution owners about is if you have two alpha females in the same cage when the one's babies grow up and start leaving the nest immediately move the one female to another cage as one of the females can go after the other females offspring and try to kill them. I had this happen with Saphire my female going after Jasmine and killing one of her babies and injuring another. I ended up having to put saphire down as she had become very aggressive toward her mate and others. I ended up keeping all the babies for various reasons and now have 8 adult birds. The babies of the above will probably not breed as they show more intereste chasing each other as they do mating.
The only thing about owning a budgie is to make sure that you are willing to put in the time and the effort to take care of them. They need a lot of attention and they do tend to squawk when they get excited and when something is going on. So if you were looking for somebody that's quite you might want to stay away from the parrot family. The best thing I think is the little personalities that you get with each bird. They are like humans in the fact that they have their own personalities and their own way of doing things. I wouldn't trade mine for the world.