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Old 11-06-2017, 07:43 PM
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Default Mating when not in Breeding Condition?!

I have a 2 year old foster, Jenna, who is not in breeding condition--she was when she first came to me, but is not now. She and one of my boys were just mating. Is this typical? I had noticed her checking out the other male yesterday, but he kept his distance from her.

Before I saw this today, I was going to post about her behavior in general. She has become something between pushy and aggressive the last couple of days. No real fights, but being, well, more aggressive than I'm used to in claiming perching rights, bathing rights, etc. with some of the other budgies. She's also been working on the shredding toys with a vengeance. I'm always happy to see budgies being busy, and they all can get a tad obsessive while working on a shredder toy, but the word "frenetic" came to mind.

Any insight appreciated. I will keep her from the boys. Long term, I have to figure out if she might be better as a lone budgie or try to find another female for her to bond with.

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I wonder if she's coming into breeding condition? I would think the more pushy behavior and the frenetic shredding would be connected with being in breeding condition.
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When Jay & Star were raising their last clutch on the day I was going to move her out, I did see them mating again. Her cere was not brown at the time.
Being around boys might encourage her so I think a possible budgie girlfriend may be a wonderful solution.
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Although her cere isn't brown, all of the behaviors she is exhibiting indicate her hormone levels and level of fertility are very high.

There is a chance her cere simply hasn't changed.

Introducing her to another female while she is exhibiting this behavior might not be in her best interest. With the degree of agressiveness and frentic shredding she's exhibiting, her aggressiveness would most likely manifest toward the other female as she would see it as a competitor (even if no males are around).
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Thank you, everyone!

Jenna is in her own cage at the moment and I'm not letting her and the boys out at the same time. She seems to be calming down some, which is good for all of us, avian and human. I did forget yesterday morning and let all of the budgies out together. While she is calmer, watching her and Coconut was like watching two teenagers checking each other out at the local hangout. It was hysterical, but I did put Coconut and his cagemate, Kip, back in. (They got to come out later).
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I am very happy to report that Jenna is back to normal.
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That is great news!!
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