Flight Vs. Cage Breeding


Many of my close friends raise budgies, both American and English varieties, utilizing the flight breeding method. They frequently ask me why I choose to breed my animals using the cage method. To begin, I’ll be the first to admit that I agree that breeding animals in cages requires more time and effort than other methods. It is necessary to feed and water each cage on an individual basis, which undoubtedly requires more time than it would take to simply feed an entire flight. Cage breeding is also more expensive because you have to buy all of those individual cages as well as bowls for food and water for each animal. Then, why do I continue to do it?

When you breed birds in a flight, you don’t really have any control over which birds are breeding and with whom they are breeding because they are all in close proximity to one another. It’s more or less like reproducing without a strategy, and you have to make do with whatever you get. This is acceptable if your only goal in breeding is to produce a small number of pet birds to sell at a pet store or to give away to friends, but if you are serious about improving your birds and breeding to a certain quality, this approach is not adequate. You get to choose who gets bred to whom and who gets bred to whom when you do cage breeding. You have the power to get your birds into fantastic shape and then mate them with the partner of your choosing after you have accomplished this goal. Breeding in cages is a form of planned breeding. You have a target in mind, a benchmark that you want to achieve, and this is the path that will lead you there.

In addition to being able to mate the birds exactly how I want them, I also have the ability to There are a lot of other advantages to cage breeding as well. Who is to blame if, during flying breeding, the eggs are accidentally knocked out of the nest? It’s possible that the hen that laid the eggs wasn’t the one who desired the nest box in the first place; it could have been another hen entirely. How could you possibly know that? When breeding birds in cages, if there are any issues, such as eggs being thrown out of the nest or chicks being picked on, the breeder has a very good understanding as to who is to blame and may take action to correct the situation. When it comes to breeding flightless birds, you wouldn’t have a clue, and there wouldn’t be much you could do about it.

It is simple to monitor the development of the chicks and ensure that they remain in good health when they are bred in cages. You do not need to be concerned about the parents having to compete with one another for their portion of the food, and as a result, the chicks are typically well fed. Another area of concern is the regulation, prevention, and confinement of infectious diseases. Cage breeding works nicely. If a bird does not appear healthy or behaves in a healthy manner, they are immediately segregated from the other birds. It is possible to keep an eye on them, and if it becomes necessary, you can then shift them to a different region of the room. If at the time of their illness they had a partner and chicks in the cage with them, you can continue to observe them while keeping them in the cage as long as they had those things with them. In a flight, it is far more difficult to identify a sick bird than it is in a cage. It is not only far simpler to medicate a bird that is contained within a cage as opposed to attempting to catch it while it is in flight, but it is also less stressful for the bird.

What if you wish to keep some of your offspring as breeding stock? This is another vital factor to take into consideration. How do you decide who to let go of and who to keep? How do you prevent a cock from mating with his daughter if you are flight breeding? How would you go about preventing the kind of inbreeding that would ultimately lead to abnormalities? In terms of genetics, it would be a complete disaster.

In the end, even though it requires more effort and time on my part, I would prefer to cage breed rather than fly breed. I am aware that not everybody has the space or the time necessary for breeding animals in cages. You might want to give it a shot with only one or two cages to begin with and see what type of results you get from that. It is remarkable to see how well your pairs will fare when they each have their own area and don’t have to spend their energy defending it and their nest box from other predators. There are no eggs that have been tossed out of the nest box, and there are no chicks that have been harassed, and you have no idea who is doing it. Because the parents aren’t forced to compete for food, the chicks are properly nourished, and ultimately, the most important thing is that they grow up to be healthy and independent. I suppose it’s something to think about, and I hope you give it a shot and the best of luck to you if you do.

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