Should you make repeat pairings in consecutive years? – Fred Wright UK

There is absolutely no reason why you should not make repeat pairings. I think that if I had bred a BS Club Show best in show, I would try to do it all over again – but as that has not happened, it’s not been a problem so far. However, I usually take the view that I could use the cock and the hen in even better ways when I have done especially well with a pair.  May be I am wrong – but it’s up to everyone to make their own choice.

In the past I have always bred my birds on pedigree first and on visual characteristic second. I would never pair up purely on pedigree nor would I pair two birds together just because the pedigree book told me so. These days I tend to focus on the visual qualities as I know all the birds are related – and check the record books to check the two partners are not too closely related. When breeding on pedigree you need lots of half-brothers and half-sisters, which would take me down the route of using a pair that might have bred me a super youngster or two, with different mates. This would give me the youngsters that are related, but not all brothers and sisters, so they can be paired together.

It’s all too easy to breed lots of youngsters from one nest, and then you suddenly realise they are brothers and sisters and it’s a problem pairing them together. Using each of the pairs with different mates in the second season gives you more possibilities and flexibility in building a stud.

Not that its been scientifically proven but many fanciers I have talked with over the years, who have made repeat pairings, have been disappointed with the results. It’s all a question of making your own choice. For me, I think I would try and pair differently giving me more options for pairing in subsequent years.

It would be interesting to hear the views of others who have actually made those repeat matings.

Over to you!

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Fred Wright About the Author:

Fred Wright has been breeding budgerigars for more than 45 years.


He started breeding these birds as pets when he was at school in 1961. Within a year or two he joined a local club and was soon breeding exhibition birds – but continued to breed pets to support his exhibition interests and still believes that this is an ideal way to start with budgerigars. Even if the interest is just in exhibition stock, he believes the way forward should always be to breed and sell ten, to buy one good one!


Fred’s aim has never been to breed two or three super birds a year – it’s been to establish a very large stud of top quality budgerigars. Usually, in excess of 300 budgerigars are bred each year. He loves to show his birds to visitors and one of the comments made by many people is that it’s one of the better studs in the country, but disappointingly, they rarely get seen on the show bench.


Some 20 years plus ago, he was encouraged to write for magazines about budgerigars. Since then he has become a prolific writer and has articles published all over the world. Together with Roy Stringer, Fred wrote a series of books – the “All About …” series of nine books about all the colours and varieties of budgerigars. These books have become extremely popular.

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  1. Just will say ‘Roger’ Fred and thank you very much.

  2. Jeff Hall says:

    Mr.Wright thank you for your excellent point of view. I did pair up 1 pair that I had up last season due to the fact I only was able to get 2 youngsters from them.this pair is a top pair from Daniel Lutoulf and really wanted to use the young as possible backbone birds. I did get 3 from them this season and also got 8 youngsters from the son this year. These birds are of very good quality.
    Regards Jeff Berlin Heights Ohio USA

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