So those of you who have been keeping up with my posts know that I've recently added a new budgie to the family. Before Gizmo, I had one budgie named Houdini that is now about 4 years old. Houdini and Gizmo got along almost instantly, and Houdini never behaved any differently toward me, until about a month after they began sharing one cage.
Now, I have notice this behavior before, maybe once a year, give or take, so I have no reason to believe it has anything to do with Gizmo. But now that I have a male (Gizmo) and a female (Houdini), I've noticed some other behaviors. For instance, Houdini digs into the food bowl and sits in it, and spends a lot of time sitting in these hanging coconuts in the cage. (What I believe to be a nesting behavior.) Then just today, I saw the two budgies mating, so I'm convinced it's that time of year. Do female budgies usually get aggressive or stand-offish when they are ready to mate?
On a side note, I'm really not qualified or prepared to care for a chick, so what should I do to prevent them from laying eggs?
Houdini is showing nesting behaviour and you need to discourage it as soon as possible to prevent her from laying eggs.
You need to remove the coconuts in the cage.
Although I have one cocohut for my budgies, I only allow them to play with it during out of cage time, for this very reason.
With longer daylight hours it is the time when breeding becomes top priority as the conditions are perfect for raising a family.
Follow the tips below and you should be able to discourage any eggs being laid.
It's worth remembering as well that because of the conditions a budgie has in our homes, conditions can be right for breeding for a lot longer than if they were in the wild. With spring, there's extra daylight hours but it is something you have to be mindful of constantly.
If you can't discourage breeding behaviour by following the tips above about removing nesting areas and limiting daylight hours, I strongly recommend splitting your pair up short term to allow them to calm down and get out of the breeding cycle.
Therm has given you excellent advice with regard to Houdini.
In addition to removing everything from the cage that may be used as a nest, limiting the protein in her diet and rearranging the cage frequently, it is very important that you limit the amount of daylight hours to no more than 8 hours per day.
So I have one pair of budgies, male and female. They laid five eggs, and one has hatched. What do I need to keep it, and the other hatchlings, alive? I'm willing to take care of them and buy all the necessary supplies.
Everything you need to know is in the stickies.
It's now down to you to come through for your budgie pair. We an provide all the information but you have to do the work and read it and follow through with what you read.
FaeryBee really knows what she is talking about, I cannot tell you how many budgies come into the vet I volunteer at and, because of egg complications, die. Not only is it truly sad for the budgies but for the owners, who just lost their pet because they didn't have the knowledge to care for them. ( And even those who do have years of experience with breeding budgies cannot always stay away from these dangers.) I encourage you to discourage all breeding behavior right away.
But if they truly did mate; the eggs are on their way! Be prepared to care for your budgies and do what is best for them, starting by reading all the stickies FaeryBee posted. Find an AVIAN vet and be ready to make the drive there if necessary.
Sorry for the long post, and the seriousness of it all. And while breeding could hurt your budgie's health, everything could go perfectly fine. But you never know...
My two budgies laid five eggs, and two of them hatched! The babies are alive and well and a few weeks old now. I just wanted to update everyone on my situation from the last forum, which is now closed. Will be posted pictures of my little family soon. Oldest hatchling is names Tweety and youngest is named Roadrunner.
I've raised many pigeon chicks, and it wasn't much different from that. I was more prepared than I thought. Sorry to scare everyone.
You are very fortunate that the two chicks survived.
Houdini is too old to be bred again.
It is important you follow the best practices and act as a responsible pet owner.
For the health and well-being of all your budgies, it is very important you discourage all mating behavior as you have been previously advised.
You may post pictures of the hatchlings in the Budgie Pictures section of the forum.