Originally Posted by aluz
Welcome back, Alyssa!
You don't need to worry about potential eggs for now, since this was just one failed mating attempt.
Since you want to keep your budgies from breeding, the best thing to do in this case is to house your budgies by gender and to follow the recommendations on this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html
The change in rooms and the fact that your bedroom is very well lit could have very well triggered the breeding mood.
During this time you can also decrease the amount of protein intake.
If your Fred is currently in breeding condition (dark brown cere), then the change of scenery (by moving her to a different cage and room) can make her come out of breeding condition.
Depending on how your flock reacts to the change in the housing situation, you may need to have to move on of the cages to a different room to allow them to settle in and allow the time for their hormones to get under control.
Best of luck with everything!
Thank you, Aluz! It's good to be back.
My worry is that this isn't the first mating attempt, but I just haven't seen any others because I'm rarely home. I have checked out the link, and I will start working on the proper steps tomorrow. Should I keep them separate by gender on a permanent basis? Or should I just keep this arrangement until their hormones die down?
Fred is in breeding condition, her cere is a very dark brown. Whereas Ginny is just coming out of breeding condition. It's slightly harder to tell with my males, but Arthur and George's ceres look like they're a more vibrant blue.
Everyone seems content with the new cage arrangement. They're still just as vocal as they always are. I hope I don't need to move the cages into separate rooms. I remember going through quarantine and it was not a fun time.
Thank you again for your help!
Originally Posted by FaeryBee
aluz has provided you with excellent advice, and, of course your separating the budgies by gender is an excellent way to prevent breeding.
Do you cover the budgies' cages at night to ensure they are getting a minimum of 12 hours of darkness?
I'm really hoping that separating the flock by gender prevents Fred from actually laying eggs too.
I do cover the cages at night, however, I don't think that they get 12 hours of darkness. I usually cover them up when I head to bed and since the room is so well-lit, they usually start making all sorts of noise when the sun comes up.
During the winter, I use bed sheets to cover the cages and they end up getting covered on all sides. However, I am cheap and I have yet to invest in a set of sheets that will allow me to cover all of both cages. Right now, I have a sheet that I drape over both and it covers about half of the cage on each side. It's probably not good enough in terms of limiting their daylight hours.