Can you breed budgies in winter?

Birds will breed anytime of year. If they are outside birds they will certainly not. I have had a parakeet breed 3 times in one winter.

Budgie Is Not Eating or Drinking

If your budgie is not eating or drinking, it is likely that your bird is ill. With a variety of possible illnesses, there is no way to diagnose and medicate your bird on your own.

How to Buy a Budgie (Parakeet)

Before buying a budgie, ask yourself:

Budgie Cages and How to Choose One

A cage is probably the most important piece of furniture you’re going to get for your budgie, and whether you get a good or bad one will have a huge impact on your budgie’s happiness.

How to Breed Parakeets

Parakeet breeding is a great thing to watch, but, it is not a hobby! This is a couple's babies!

Can you breed budgies in winter?

Birds will breed anytime of year. If they are outside birds they will certainly not. I have had a parakeet breed 3 times in one winter. If your house is kept at a constant heat of 68-70 then they can hatch their eggs.

Also the exact conditions have to be met or else they will never breed! You need to make sure that they have at least 13 hours of light a day, and a low dimmed light at night to increase breeding potential.

You will also need a nesting box in the cage, and if you have a small cage you will need to get a bigger cage with a properly suited nesting box and nesting material.

Once you have done all that then they will breed, but look out for these signs in the female budgie if you want to know if they will breed:

The females beak will look much darker brown then it normally is, and even look a bit crusty or swollen.

The breeding signs for the males are :

His beak will go a bright blue and also look a little bit crusty. You will notice that he will start tapping the perch in the cage. He does this to flirt with the female. And he will actually literally push the female into the nesting box to persuade her to breed with him.

You probably wont see them breeding as they will breed inside the box. If you don't know where to find a nesting box then you can go to an aviary and they will be able to give you the right nesting box for the budgies.

Well... i have had a few surprises with budgies breeding at funny times of the year, but its not lightly that they will. Birds normally breed in early spring.

What To Do If Budgie Stays Bristled Up

  • Your budgies has been bristled up for several days, shivers, its beaks grows and curves.. The reason for your budgie’s problem is the lack of vitamins and minerals. 
  • As a beginning take it to the vet to cut the growths and to file away the curved beak. Don’t try to do this yourself – it should be executed by a specialist. 
  • The next step is to buy a crayon with vitamins and minerals for it from the zoo shop. You also have to provide pine-tree twigs for it to gnaw. When there is no crayon you can replace it with chalk. It is absolutely necessary for the birds. 

  • However you have to estimate whether the bristling up and the shivering don’t come because of having cold. This can be estimated when examining its faecals. If the bird has a cold they will be either very dark or very light than normal. If these symptoms exist you should apply the following treatment: 
  • Take one capsule tetraulean / from the chemist’s /. Open it. Take some powder from the capsule on the point of a small knife. Dissolve this very small dose into 1-2 drops of water. After that open the beak and pour the liquid carefully inside with a dropper. 
  • The treatment should be applied for 3 days most. After that the faecals will obtain their normal kind. Be careful not to overdose the tetraulean. 
  • Except for that even if the parakeet has no cold you should compulsory buy vitamins for it from the zoo shop. Another reason for this condition of the feathery creature can be starvation because with a deformed beak it is most probable that the bird can’t eat millet. And only vegetables and fruit is not enough. 
  • Give bread to your budgies as they like it a lot. 
  • Do not keep them in a very cold or very hot place. Let the temperature be normal. Budgies don’t like humidity and draughts. This could also be a reason for deformations. And if it is possible let them fly at least a little

Budgie Is Not Eating or Drinking

If your budgie is not eating or drinking, it is likely that your bird is ill.  With a variety of possible illnesses, there is no way to diagnose and medicate your bird on your own.  Your best option is to consult veterinarian care as soon as possible.  In the mean time, there are temporary support measures you can take to keep your bird alive while you seek professional care.

Create a makeshift ‘brooder’

  • This should be like a nest for your bird.  Use an appropriately sized box lined with soft cloths like t-shirts.  Tuck in more materials to make an over sized box smaller on the inside if necessary.
  • Place a heating pad under the nest to keep the brooder warm.  If you do not have a heating pad you can use a thick, clean sock filled ¾ with plain, white rice.  Knot the end and microwave it for about 1.5 minutes.  Shake it afterwards to distribute the heat, making sure the sock is not too hot.  The tuck the sock just under the cloths.

Try to provide your bird with nutrients

  •  Use a dropper every 20-30 minutes to gently feed Children’s Pedialyte to your budgie.  Put the dropper gently inside the beak and let the drops fall into the bottom beak under the tongue.  Do not force the droplets into the back of the throat, which can cause the bird to inhale the fluid and develop pneumonia.
  • You can also substitute Pedialyte with sugar water.  Just mix 1-2 tablespoons of natural white sugar in ½ cup of water.
  • Organic baby food (squash, yams, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables) is another feeding option.  Offer ½ spoon of all natural baby food to your bird to see if he accepts.
  • Remember, these are just temporary measures.  If your bird continues to avoid food or water, it is vital that you seek emergency attention.  You need to find a reliable veterinarian professional in your area.


Budgie Egg Hatching

  •  After mating has taken place, female budgies will start to focus on their nesting site. The hen will spend most of her time in the nest adjusting it to her liking. You will notice that her abdomen will be swelling and her droppings will become larger. 
  • It will be till about 9 days that she will lay her first egg, don't worry if she lays her first egg outside the nest box. This type of behavior is common among fist time hens. If the egg is still intact place the egg in the nest box so that she will get the idea that eggs are supposed to be in the nest box. Hens will usually start to incubate the eggs after the second or third egg has been laid.

  • Incubation can take from 17 to 23 days to hatch and feeding usually starts within 24 hours. Do not fret if you notice that the baby chick has not been fed after hatching. The baby still has to absorb all nutrients from the yolk sack before it starts to beg for food. 
  • If you notice that its been past a day and the chick has not been fed try transferring it to another laying hen. If you do not have any other hen sitting on eggs then this is the time to start hand feeding. 
  • After about the 18th day or so of incubation you can expect your first egg to hatch. It can take hours for a baby budgie to make its way out of its egg shell. I strongly recommend that you try not to tamper with the hatching baby unless an emergency arises. 
  • Since the female lays her eggs on alternate days you can expect your eggs to hatch in that manner. baby budgies hatch with their eggs closed and will not open their eggs until about the second week after hatching. 
  • Newborn budgies are fed very often and grow very fast. It is always rewarding to see how the parents care for their young,