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Thread Description:I think my budgie might be egg bound What do i do?

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Old 12-21-2016, 02:12 PM
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Hi, Im new to the forum,
I have two budgies, merlin and charlie both are around 4 years old. The night before last I had noticed that merlins vent looked a little odd, more visible than normal, I thought she might be 'eggnant' as her and charlie go at it constantly. She was eating normally and as active as ever, though she was chewing on the ceiling of her cage, a new action for her. In the morning i noticed a bump and I decided i would give her a day to lay, shes never had eggs before. its now a little less than 48 hours since I noticed the odd vent, now it looks like there is an egg and shes having really big poops (not stuck to her vent though) I called a vet this morning and they told me to give her another day. Im really worried about her, she doesn't seem to be eating (i've tried to give her some boiled egg and shell for a calcium boost) but charlie often feeds her, other than that she is playing and running around normally.
My budgies arent tame so close examination is very difficult.

It will cost me 90$ just to get in the door to see the vet, another 30 or so to get a taxi to take me there and on top of that its the middle of a canadian winter. I love my bird but im not sure i can afford the cost of a vet visit, im in university so I dont have a job right now. I thought merlin was a boy up until a few days ago so i didnt really work to discourage their activities.

If anyone could give me any advice I'd really appreciate it.

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Old 12-21-2016, 02:19 PM
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Welcome to the forums,

The big poops are an indicator that your budgie is carrying an egg and soon it will be laid. If possible, do post a photo of Merlin's vent area so that we have a better idea on her current condition. https://talkbudgies.com/how-guides/17...otobucket.html
Do your budgies have access to calcium via cuttlebone or calcium block?
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she wasnt feeling very accommodating. she was without cuttlebone for about a week, I just picked up more today, she goes through one in a few hours, I usually have two in the cage at a time.
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In order for us to have a better background with regard to the current situation, would you please answer the following questions:

What is your level of experience with budgies?
Did you set out to deliberately let Charlie and Merlin breed?
Do you have them in a breeding cage away from any other birds?
Do they have a nest box in the cage?
Do you know their ages?
Are you certain they are not related?
Have you had them on a conditioning diet?

Merlin certainly looks as though she is about ready to lay.

Has she been straining?
What makes you think she is egg bound?
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Old 12-21-2016, 06:03 PM
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I've had merlin for 4 years, when i got them i was assured that it was a boy, they had a bright blue cere. merlins companion had a heart attack after a few months so I got Charlie. I tried to discourage mating behaviour as I was scared of egg binding. they are the only birds in the house, they dont have a nest box, pretty sure they arent related. they eat bonanza gourmet diet, all my efforts to offer them fruits, vegetables and bits of hardboiled egg didnt work, they've been interested but they never eat it.

Merlins cere turned brown about two or so years ago, at first i was worried it was cancer but as time went on and she didnt show any signs of illness i figured they she was just a girl, charlies cere is pink too i assumed they were both girls

shes acting normally, apart from not going to the food bowl to eat, but charlie has been really attentive to her, feeding and preening. the moment i put in the new cuttle bone though she devoured it like usual.
I'm worried that shes egg bound because I read that it only takes 24 hours to lay and its been almost 48.
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From the photo you have posted the area looks normal for a budgie who will be laying an egg soon.
At this point there is no need to worry over an egg binding situation. You don't need to give her a nesting area for her to lay and after she lays the egg, you can simply discard it.

Since both of your budgies are at retiring age for a safe breeding (especially for their first time as well as yours if you were to allow them to carry on), after your Merlin lays the one egg she is carrying, it's best to take measures in order to break her egg laying cycle.
And this is done by completely rearranging her cage or even better, to move Merlin to a completely different cage and not give her anything that she could potentially use as a nest (no dark, hiding places).
The detailed information on this link will be helpful: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html
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Thank you so much!
I've been freaking out all day. I'm reluctant to split them up since I could be gone for up to 9 hours for classes, I dont want them to feel lonely. Ill try to rearrange their cage.

I appreciate the help so much
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You're very welcome!
If your budgies continue to show signs of wanting to mate or later on in a few months time you notice them having breeding behaviour again, in order to prevent a situation where Merlin will be triggered to lay (consistent matings will lead to eggs), it really is best to house your budgies on separate cages (cages can be close by so that they can still see each other) till their hormones are more under control.
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Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions I posted.

aluz has given you excellent advice and I agree with her 100%.

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Hello again,
Merlin still hasn't laid, shes still active and shes eating more now. she does have a piece of poop on her vent.
I've had the radiator on all night, the room shes in is about 26 degrees Celsius, I gave her a warm bath, which she'd normally love but today she doesn't want it. her vent doesn't look any different than last night, and she doesnt appear to be straining. shes very calm.
I'm considering bringing the cage into the bathroom and steaming it up in there. she has gone through two cuttlebones in the past day and a half, so I think her calcium is pretty good.
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