My view on breeding budgerigars and other things

By Mike Chase

As previously stated, it was the uncaring breeding of our lovely budgerigar. Yes progress has to evolve but not to the detriment of the bird, and that’s exactly what has happened …. and don’t get me going on the excesses of the modern budgerigar, I’ll end up with another heart attack !! Many breeders couldn’t give a toss about the future of the bird, they can only see the adulation of getting that elusive B.I.S at the local show and to a greater degree the Budgerigar World Show and all the trappings that go with it, whether it’s the dosh or the fame ……. but only in the diminishing budgerigar community which very few of the general public are aware of – sobering thought ?!!

I’ve digressed, so back onto the question I posed. What has changed is that breeders are using hideously flecked birds to use in the breeding cage because it is a good bird in every other way and will bring a particular good feature(s) into their Shed. It is often said that if you put a clean headed cock with a flecked hen the resulting young will be OK. That might be the case, I’ve never done it, but can you not see that the seed has been planted and has started to grow and will germinate and force itself out at sometime in the future, surely, it’s the nature of DNA?

This is exactly what has happened to a bird that I have recently bred.

The parents, both good quality Lt Greens with clean headed pedigrees going back over the last 6 years, produced this youngster, among a small nest. He is a Lt Green as you will see in the top photo, and a stormer. In fact my “Champion” mate said that it was the best youngster I had ever bred and said he would have no problem taking it off my hands !! … it seemed perfect and clean, I was chuffed. The youngster came through the moult and it’s head was as badly flecked as I have ever seen in my Shed – gutted.

The bottom line is;

Where the hell did the flecking come from? I keep clean headed birds and certainly do not breed with flecked birds! It seems obvious to me that it is in its DNA from years back when someone has used a flecked bird to breed with and I have the bugger in my Shed now, even after trying to control this bloody scourge that undermines lovely this hobby, I’ve ended up with a great bird that I will effectively give away because of this major, unwanted defect.

Lots of social media sites

I get so angry at breeders on lots of social media sites showing off a photo of a dreadfully flecked headed Normal or Opaline that they have acquired or bred, saying that they can’t wait to get it in the breeding cage. I have been slagged off by a well known breeder who criticised me because I openly condemned a hugely flecked budgerigar that won an award !

What’s the matter with these people?

These birds should not be in the show hall let alone the bench.


All you are doing is continuing the negative aspect of the budgerigar and not contributing to the eradication of this blight on the feathering of this beautiful bird.

Then you’ll get “top” breeders confirming the ridiculous action. They will also recommend that the said breeder can put it to an Ino or AOV and get good youngsters ……… and what happens down the line in some years time? Yep, that flecked youngster has appeared from nowhere because they’ve bought a clean outcross – apparently.

selfish indulgence.

I was once at a meeting

I was once at a meeting back in the 1990’s when a major name was giving us a talk on a particular specialty, he finished off the meeting by asking for the club members backing to a request he was going to issue to the BS – this was to promote and have a separate showing class for flecked birds ……. I kid you not.

I had, what you might call a “heated exchange of opinion”, it was utter madness and it just told me that he was trying to justify all the things that I have just outlined about the blight of this major fault.

Come on guys, look after the birds in this hobby and not your own selfish indulgence.

Mike Chase

Mike Chase


Mike certainly has some strong views and it plain to see how passionate he is about budgerigars and the hobby. Will the hobby be with us in 10 years if changes are not implemented.

Social media is full of discontent and it has to be applauded that Mike Chase has chosen to speak out by submitting this article.

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