Egg-laying budgies are female budgerigars. These small, colorful birds are also called parakeets and kept as pets. Wild female budgerigars, or budgies, lay five to six eggs in holes in trees. They don't build their own nests.Know More
A pet budgie needs a nest box in which to lay eggs and raise its chicks. Budgies can breed at any time of year, especially when food is abundant. The eggs are usually pure white and a little over three quarters of an inch long. They are laid on alternate days. Because of this, the time between the first chick hatching and the last chick hatching can be as long as 16 days.
The eggs are incubated for about a week and a half and the chicks start to grow their flight feathers after about a month. Often, the female doesn't allow the male to enter the nest box, but takes food from him at its entrance.
As with chickens, female budgies can lay eggs even when she has no mate, but the eggs remain unfertilized.
Wild budgies are native to Australia and are always green and yellow. Budgies that are raised for the pet trade come in a variety of colors and are usually bigger than wild budgies.Learn more about Pet Birds
A nutritious bird hand feeding formula, such as Kaytee, fed by syringe is the best food for baby canaries and other baby birds. After feeding formula to the baby bird for a few days, add a nestling food that consists of soft seeds, egg, greens, carrots and rolled oats. The baby bird can eat the formula and nestling food together.Full Answer >
Mynah birds can be purchased from local domestic breeders, or adopted from local animal shelters. This breed used to be imported from the wilds of Africa, Asia and Latin America. However, excessive trade and habitat destruction led Congress to ban the import of mynah and other birds in 1992, passing the Wild Bird Conservation Act.Full Answer >
On average, parakeets live anywhere from five to 15 years, although it is common for the pets to survive upwards of 20 years with proper care. A number of dietary factors contribute to the life expectancy of parakeets.Full Answer >
Parrots can sometimes be found for adoption at the Petfinder website, or else by contacting local avian veterinarians and animal shelters; however, finding parrots for free is unlikely. Veterinarians and shelters can be located via the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals respectively.Full Answer >