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.
Now, I think she laid it from the perch above it, because it was cracked and leaking, so I removed it. I was going to have to move it anyway because that's not a good place for an egg; it was bound to roll off (it's not a flat platform)
If any of you have been following, I've been trying to fight this for months. How can I stop this immediately? I've found threads about preventing laying and had been following all those guidelines - limited daylight hours, rearranging the cage regularly, giving healthy but lean foods and not too much food, playing with Lemon separate from Sweetie, etc - but obviously Lemon has decided she wants to lay eggs and that's that. Am I forced to separate them completely? I will have to go and buy a new cage for that. I'm also considering moving them into the living room for a while to really make her a bit uncomfortable (honestly I'm not sure why I didn't think of that before).
Now that she's started do I have to let her lay a full clutch before taking them away?
Have you discussed this with an avian vet? Sometimes when a hen is a chronic egg layer and all else has failed they can be given an injection or a series of injections to calm the hormones and stop the egg laying, but I am not sure how long that is good for.
I have limited experience with this, and it's been with hens who were not caged with a male (but with another female). The budgie hen laid three eggs, and that was it. I followed all of the "when you don't want eggs" procedures. I had the paper on top of the grate, and had to switch it for a while because she was shredding it to make a nest. I removed each egg as it was laid, and she stopped at three. I was told to try this first (removing each egg as it was laid), and then we would move to the next plan if that didn't work.
My family had a love bird in my youth who, once a year or so, would lay a clutch, sit on it for a while, and then lose interest when they didn't hatch. My mother removed the eggs at that point.
I know there is somebody online who sells fake eggs for a wide variety of species of birds, for those birds who do insist on laying a full clutch.
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Seriously, Talk to your vet for some wisdom on hormone changes. I had 2 dove hens who presented us with a birdie egg every year without a papa bird to make the egg fertile. There is a hormone shot, Also Check for a cyst on her ovaries. Make sure there is nothing to get her thinking about nest in the cage. Does she produce the egg at the same time every year? Read the notes on Windy City Parrot about their albino 'tiel. They recorded their efforts for us to learn from.
Also check The stickies here on TB. The most success I know of is for you and your avian vet to put heads together with a treatment plan. Some hens insist on laying a clutch and then when they do not hatch they will let you remove the eggs and not start laying again. If you remove the cock during this time it could break the laying cycle. Your vets wisdom is critical in this process. Please keep us informed in this process. Other members like Kate C. may have some wisdom from their years of experience.
I realize now I might have phrased it awkwardly when I said 'fighting this for months', as I meant trying to prevent eggs and not that she's been laying eggs. This is Lemon's first egg. For the time being I've moved them into the living room and am completely rearranging not only their cage again but also their bedroom so it's very unfamiliar; I'm also going to make an appointment at the avian vet once I get the chance later today.
Moira, just before I split Jay and Star up, she laid a single egg. I split them up again for a while and she stopped. They are together again now because Star is a little jealous of the other girls being near her boy, but I'm monitoring them daily. I'd advise the same with these two if the change of rooms and cage move about doesn't help.
After I moved the cage into the living room and then rearranged their room, Lemon has laid no more eggs! I haven't taken her in as they are swamped with 'getting ready for the holidays' appointments and I didn't think this was too urgent. I'll definitely get her an appointment either after the holidays or if something weird happens. I'll be keeping a close eye on her at any rate.