When it comes time to divide a budgerigar stud into two groups – those to be kept and those to be discarded – there are several considerations to consider. Visual characteristics, lineage, age, sex, and even variation must all be taken into account. Anyone who spends a significant amount of time in the birdroom will undoubtedly evaluate their stock on a frequent basis. There will be individuals among this year’s crop of juveniles who demonstrate their abilities so clearly that their provisional mates for the next season are jotted down while they are still in nest feather.
Even among the greatest studs, there are many who seem to have nothing to offer at first glance. This final category is where the majority of errors occur.
Listing the attributes necessary for a budgerigar to be visually an exhibition bird, risks becoming a duplication of the requirement for the “Ideal budgerigar. In reality, however, an expert breeder considers all aspects, both favorable and bad, at a glance. Obviously, good head width and mask depth are two criteria that may help determine if a budgerigar is beneficial or remarkable. Both of these characteristics are dependent on the size of the feathers. A short feathered budgerigar will never have a deep face, hence the feather is crucial.
Each coupling in our breeding chambers must include a coarse-feathered mate. It will be the cock’s choice. You must attempt to breed from a fantastic, coarse feathered hen, but our experience tells that eight out of ten are a waste of time in the breeding cage. Eight out of 10 coarse-feathered cocks, on the other hand, fertilize at least a few eggs.
So feather kind must be considered while choose which budgerigars to retain. Anyone who has owned a huge budgie must understand that some of them spend the majority of their time slumped over the perch. Nonetheless, we’re lucky not to have any hinged tails. This disease entirely ruins the contour of a budgerigar and is thus unacceptable, regardless of other attributes.
It may be argued that a shed full of buffs is a worthy goal to strive for, but once attained, the following seasons would not produce many babies. Although most buff-to-buff couplings are a waste of cage space, if one does produce, it has the potential to produce great future stock birds.
In the beginning, I was disappointed because I couldn’t find the sort of budgerigar I wanted with the style of feather I wanted. As a result, I combined two of the nicest specimens of buff budgerigars I could locate. I was quite lucky because they bred successfully and my stud advanced significantly. Novices and beginners should not believe that purchasing budgerigars with numerous ready-made attributes is the only way to advance.
When the choice is made to keep a budgie for its aesthetic features, it is time to look at all of its siblings. If a child excels, the remainder of the family should be kept, even if some have flaws, such as little spots and short masks. I produced an amazing Grey Green cock a few years ago. It was one of a total of twelve. Ten of the other eleven were excellent, with the poorest being a grey cock that had none of the famed brother’s attributes. I gave it to a close friend, who coupled it with a hen from the same line and produced chickens of same quality as the very fine brother in the first round. As a result, the runt of the litter may frequently reproduce as well as the best. As long as the blood-line is maintained intact, there seems to be a cycle in which exhibition quality goes dormant for a time before reappearing in a year or two. It is possible to make a mistake by being too eager to get rid of the worst members of a family.
It is up to the breeder to decide on the ages of the budgerigars to be used for breeding, but once a policy is established, it will impact the balance of which will be preserved and which will be discarded. I like to breed young chickens, so if a three-year-old hen is kept, it signifies she is a special favorite. Any non-show cock bird is discarded at the age of three, and the rates offered for excess birds reflect their age. For example, an adult hen who failed in the breeding cage the previous year is frequently given to a Beginner to try.
When selecting whether to retain a bird, its sex must also be considered. It is much safer to have twice as many chickens as chefs.
Variety and color
Color and diversity, albeit minor considerations, are taken into account. You must strike a balance by keeping a sufficient number of birds that are compatible, such as the fact that Normals will couple with any other kind, such as Spangles, Dominant Pieds, and so on.
Stand by your Decision
No matter what offers are made, once a choice has been made to keep a budgerigar, it is not for sale. Always remember that selling a nice bird is simpler than buying one of comparable quality.
One of the most important responsibilities for a breeder is choose which budgerigars to keep, and it is quite simple to make a mistake. It is pointless to labor hard to breed excellent budgerigars and then sell them so that someone else may reap the rewards while your own stud stagnates or even declines.
Building an exhibition stud takes time, and selling the key components is a recipe for disaster, as many fanciers have realized over the years.
A word of caution. Keep it if in doubt.
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