Budgie BreedingBefore breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.
I'm not sure what I can do to discourage breeding, I am new to keeping budgies and not wanting them to breed. Their current cage is too small for a nesting box, the female has not been in breeding condition, and not eating any extra calcium. I have been putting some vitamins in their water, though, that contain calcium, since they get low amounts of sunlight and it has vitamin D3 in it. It's Aristopet brand. They have also just finished a malt. They have always been chewing at a sissal/cotton rope toy, but they have started doing it more and piling them along with their malted feathers on the bottom of the cage. I keep removing the messes, but it's definately a nest. The bottom of the cage has walls, so it's covered in, but nothing like a nesting box. Should I be worried that they might have eggs? There is still brown on the females beak, but it's mostly blue. It's just a bit around the nostrils. I'm gonna clean up their cage and if they start it again I will take pictures. I've also been giving them mulberries lately, they've had 3 over the last month or so. Could this also be a factor? While the female hasn't been chewing the cuttlefish bone, she has been going very slowly at the pumice perch I have for their feet. I did read the post on keeping them from breeding, and have been rearranging things around them often among other things.
Finally, I'm not willing to separate them for long periods since they are fully bonded, feeding and preening each other, and I don't want to stress them out too much. If it is possible as long as I keep them in the same room I will probably give that a try, however.
Last edited by InsanityShard; 10-06-2016 at 03:57 AM.
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The chewing may well be hormonal related especially given that it is spring time in Australia. I would definitely remove the toy both for the purpose of discouraging nesting behaviour and also to prevent the risk of crop impaction.
Seperating the pair also would be a good idea.
I strongly recommend booking a consult with a bird vet to have them both checked over and discuss options to manage hormonal behaviour.
I agree that for your budgies' overall welfare that it's best to not place any rope/cotton materials on the cage. You can also place a grate on the bottom of the cage to prevent them from getting into the paper with the intent of shredding it and building a nest.
To satisfy their chewing needs, you can place a few wooden chew toys, like bird kabobs, for example.
It's best to stay away from wooded logs, because those can be used as nests.
If despite the measures taken, you notice your budgies are still quite persistent in their pursuit to raise a family, then you can house them on separate cages till their hormones are more under control.
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Well, there is a grate at the bottom of the cage. They've managed finally to find a way to place it on the bottom without it falling through, using longer strips off the toy. On the parrot forums, another forum I go to, when I was asking/researching ideal toys they said cotton and sissal, being natural, can pass through and digest. Since I now know it can't, well, that's going out the window. They've nearly chewed clean through it anyway.
I do like keeping my budgies safe- their current perches are actually branches cut and treated from a bottlebrush outside. They stripped the bark off a small one I put in specifically for chewing, too.
I had a very bonded pair of budgies and when my hen got hormonal I split them up for a while and let the hormones settle down.
Although it seems mean because they adore one another so much, it's for the best and it will work.
I also routinely change my birds cages around weekly and have been lucky that none of mine have been inclined to want to nest.