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In almost all cases, don't.

Parakeets can be extremely prolific once the "make babies" desire gets activated.  Unless you're a serious breeder, you don't want to allow for baby parakeets...the world already has tons and tons of parakeets that are desperate for a home already. 

Generally, parakeets require a nestbox to produce eggs...although hens might produce eggs even without a male.  And did you know that birdies can become egg-bound (ie, the egg won't come out)?  Here are some resources to help:

Thus, unless you are a serious breeder, don't breed your budgies.  Period.

Now, let's say that you know all of the risks and you do decide to breed parakeets.  Here are some critical resources for you.

Budgie Breeding Forums

There are many places to network with budgie breeders:

Next, let's explore:

Budgie Breeding Articles

Check out:

Splayed Legged Chicks

If the floors on a nestbox are too smooth, parakeet chicks might end up with splayed legs (making it impossible for them to stand).

Caught early enough, it's possible to correct!  Here are some resources for that:

Always make sure you have done your research in any possible breeding event.

One of the reasons why I'm so against casual budgie breeding is the number of parakeets that already exist...who are either in lousy living conditions or at shelters, waiting to be adopted.  And that brings me to:

Next > Chapter 11 - Budgie Adoption

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Parakeets/budgies/keets/etc. are NOT disposable birds!  Please do your research before choosing to share your life with one of these wonderful birdies..

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