HAMILTON & DISTRICT BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY INC.

LIFE of the BUDGIE

A pair of budgies will copulate once or more daily until incubation commences.
The hen will lay her 1st egg seven to ten days after successful mating.
One egg will be laid every other day. There can be from 5 to 10 eggs in total.
The hen will incubate the eggs after laying the 1st or 2nd egg while the male feeds her.
The eggs will hatch after 18 days of incubation.
A special calendar can be made so you know exactly what day they will hatch when 18 days has passed after an egg is laid.
Both parents feed the babies after hatching. The male continues to feed the hen even after the eggs have hatched.
The babies eyes open after seven days. They can leave the nest after 4 weeks if you see them eating on their own.
The parents will continue to feed them for up to 6 weeks or until they are ready to lay more eggs.
At this time they may get aggressive and force the babies out of the nest box if they are not already out.
The babies molt for the 1st time when it is about 3 months old.
Babies can be identified by the bars of color on the head.
They are not considered to be adult until about twelve months old.
An average budgie lives about 10 years old but normal life is between 8 to 18 years.
Budgies are best known for breeding between their second and seventh year.
Budgies have been known to breed until one or both dies from exhaustion, so most breeders separate their pairs after 4 or 5 clutches to give the adults a rest for a few months.

Albinos, Lutinos and lacewings live slightly less from maybe 6 to 12 years of age. Their eyesight is poorer because they lack the dark pigment but all that means is to keep their cage away from a window where the sun shines right down on them. The Albino is a genetically normal Budgie devoid of pigment. Some people believe that these birds live less than the normal Budgie which is true in a sense but some breeders keep mating brothers to sister which does create a weakened bird in time. Take care of these type of birds and they too will give you many years of companionship. If you have an Albino and it is healthy (no internal organ or disease problems) it will not die in a few months or a year as some people believe. It should still give you 6 to 12 years of life (possibly more) if you take good care of it.

The myth still surrounds that albinos live less than their normal counterparts since predators see them easier and their eyesight is slightly poorer making them react slower so their life is shortened in the wild. Short lived birds in captivity is mostly caused by improper breeding.


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