My first parakeet was adopted from my friend who had an allergic reaction to her--hair loss. She (my friend) had origanally bought a boy and a girl and put them in a small cage, the boy died. I have now had her for about a year ( sweetart! ) and I recently adopted two more parakeets because the owner got too old to take care of them. It is a boy and a girl in seperate cages( I checked the ceeres first thing ) and I was going to just get the girl to introduce with my girl but the pair was bonded and called for each other so I could not bear to seperate them. Since then I have been thinking of breeding in the near future so I do have a few questions. My first one is about my preffered breeding female, Sweetart. She is 2, 2 1/2 around there and the sweetest thing ever. Although my friend did not ever take her out of her cage I trained her within about a week, I was able to do that because of her great additude and her ability to adjust. I checked her cere and it is brown and rough so I think seh is sexually mature. But she is very small and I worry that may end up in diffuculty, what do you think? Another question is about my other female tweedy, her cere is rough but it is ivory does that mean that she is not sexually mature? Her last owner had her for 6 months so including the 2 months it takes for the budgie to be old enough to rehome she is probably around 8-10 months.
I also wanted to say I am a gerbil breeder so I understand the responsibility it takes to do this as I am only 13. I also know that I have to be there a lot so I am going to try to do this during the summer, brreding season for parakeets is spring summer right?
thanks in advance for your help!