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Old 01-22-2018, 02:21 PM
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Hello, first I want emphasize that I do NOT want for my budgies to mate or lay eggs. However, I was watching TV 2 nights ago and heard a lot of noise coming from the cage. I looked over and what I initially thought was fighting, I then realized that they were mating!

I posted a year ago that I adopted my pair of budgies from a neighbor who no longer wanted them. They are approx 11 years old now and have been together in the same cage for all of this time. I named them Jamie and Claire. They still are not tame but will occasionally eat from hand. I love them and think they are happy living with us.

Now I have read the articles about not encouraging breeding behavior and trust me, I haven't. There are no nests or anything in the cage that would encourage them to breed. Now that I saw them "mating" the other night I am worried that Claire will start laying eggs or become ill or "egg bound". I read that term online.

Help please. Should I just keep an eye out for eggs and then remove them if I see them? Separating them is something that I would hate to consider since they have been bonded for so long. I have never claimed to be a bird expert but do take care of these babies the best that I can. I would appreciate some advice. Do I have anything to worry about?

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Old 01-22-2018, 03:23 PM
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The best thing you can do right now is rearrange their cage every other day.
That means moving the perches, toys, food and water dishes, etc.

**Be sure you limit their daylight to no more than 8 hours per day.

Limit protein in their diet during this time period as well. Give them lots of healthy vegetables and be sure you have a cuttlebone and mineral block in their cage.

Are either of the budgies currently in condition?
Have they been eating their cuttlebone more than normal, or chewing/shredding toys more than normal?

Hopefully, the recent mating attempt will not result in any eggs.
IF Claire does lay an egg, then remove it as soon as you see it, dispose of it and again rearrange their cage.

Let's see if doing all of the above will eliminate the mating behaviors and prevent the necessity of separating Jamie and Claire into individual cages.

Please keep us informed on how things progress.

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You've been given great advice by FaeryBee. Trying to throw them off the "breeding mood" by doing all that Deborah mentioned is the best thing to do. Don't stress about throwing out any eggs if there are any, there is no more life in them than there is in grocery store eggs

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