Hi there! My 8 month old female has started raising her butt and tail when I talk closely to her. She also gets her pin point eyes! This seems to be a position that would invite mating so I’m a little unsure about what to do! She’s my only budgie and I do spend a lot of time with her but I’m thinking maybe she wants a friend sooner than later!
You are correct in your assumption about a mating pose. She may just be going through a hormonal phase and the behavior will pass. Make sure you are not touching her backside, is she tame? Do not add another budgie to your home at this time. Do you provide her with anything to chew and shred?
No I don’t touch her backside at all. She is tame yes. She has tons of toys to chew and shred. She also raises her tail when she sees her reflection in something. Not all the time but I have noticed that as well. I don’t know how long these hormonal phases are!
Please do NOT get another budgie. Just because your bird shows signs of mating behavior, is no reason to think you need another budgie.
Breeding is not necessary for a budgie to be happy.
Cut back on the amount of daylight hours she's getting to no more than 8 per day and ensure you have nothing in her cage that can be used as a nesting spot.
Ok thanks for your input and advice! I wasn’t actually going to get another budgie, I just thought maybe that meant that she wanted a mate. I will try and limit the daylight hours and see what happens.
Deborah is right. Adding another budgie now will only complicate things, not make it better. This hormonal phase will pass. The best way to help her out of it is to limit the daylight hours, rearrange the cage (change the position of some objects in the cage). Try this, and keep us posted!
Very helpful Information! I will try and cover her cage earlier to limit the daylight hours and re-arrange her cage as I haven’t changed it up in a few months. Is this behavior harming her in anyway? She mainly does it when I talk to her close up and she listens and then puts her head close to my mouth and raises her tail. Should I stop talking to her so close? Sometimes she just comes closer as well!
Hi there! My 8 month old female budgie just laid an infertile egg (I only have one budgie!)I’ve only had make budgies in the past so this is new for me! I know this can be normal but is there anything I need to do or change? Do I remove the egg or leave it in so she’s doesn’t try and lay more eggs? I will decrease her daylight hours but what about diet? Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
Hello! While this is normal, I advise you to make the proper changes to stop her from laying eggs because, by experience, that behavior can bring more serious problems in the future. Besides, your budgie is too young! :O
Is she your only budgie? Because if you have some male budgies close to her, you should try to separate them. I had a problem with my lady budgies laying infertile eggs too and it was because they were too close to the male budgies.
If that's not the case, you should check what she has around that might be stimulating her, for example, mirrors, covered spaces, something that she could use as a nest, etc. Here is a link that a fellow user gave me when I had this problem "When we don't want eggs"
Also, I think you should take away the egg too. Hopefully, she will not lay more infertile eggs in the future. Good luck!!
Thank you! She is my only budgie and barely any mirrors around. I did post last week that she was raising her tail in a mating postion when I would talk to her so I donít know off that had something to do with her laying the egg! I will read the link you provided and hopefully this wonít happen again. Thanks again!
Also just to add - she is very bonded to me as I spend the most time with her. I donít touch her back or underside only scratch around her head.