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Budgie Breeding Before 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.

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Old 11-15-2018, 09:36 PM
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Hello everyone,
Yesterday my budgie Buttercup laid an egg in her seed dish. I’ve removed it, but from the looks of her she’s got more coming. The egg was a surprise, since it’s cold and the budgies are usually fluffy, so I had no idea she was eggnant. I’m monitoring her and her mate just in case they are doing “something.” It’s probably just hormones but I want to be on the safe side, as this is no weather for baby budgies. Is there anything I should do to discourage her from laying more? Should I separate her and Tiger? She’s had batches of chicks before and may expect more. I don’t want her health to suffer because she’s using up her body nutrients to make eggs, since her average clutch number is about 7.
On a side note, her oldest (2 years) daughter Emily, who is in an adjacent cage and can see what her mom is doing, has also started shredding paper. Emily’s little sister Rio(1 year) hasn’t done anything unusual. Will Emily start laying?

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Old 11-16-2018, 02:37 AM
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How old is buttercup?

I would remove the seed dish she is laying in. Change around the toys and perches in the cage and only allow 8 hours of light a day after that cover them over to help bring her out of condition.
Make sure she is getting calcium either via a cuttlefish or drops in the water.
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Good advice above.. here is some additional information to help stop this from happening in the future. https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...want-eggs.html It’s important to keep a pet budgie from laying. Responsible breeders who do it legitimately, do much in preparation for egg laying, but it’s best to keep your girl from laying. It takes a lot out of the body, so a pet companion budgie is best kept from egg laying.
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Thanks. I will definitely take the advice about changing the cage layout. Buttercup is about 3.
Also I made a mistake about Emily’s age. She’s about 1 1/2. I can’t remove the dish Buttercup is laying in, they love to throw the only other dish I can put in there onto the bottom. I’ve tried and heard them shaking it and eventually throwing it down.
She laid another egg today, should I be getting rid of the egg? I haven’t caught her and Tiger at “it” but I haven’t had time to check them.

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Completely rearrange the cage. If possible, move it to another room. Remove the seed dish and instead place a paper towel on the bottom of the cage with the seed sprinkled all over it. This way it's easy clean up, encourages natural foraging behaviours, and it distracting for her. Limit her daylight hours, make sure she has a calcium source like a cuttlebone.
If these don't work, separate her from her mate for a while on top of all this. As a last resort, you can get birth control for budgies that lasts 6-18 months (depends on the bird). I had to resort to this with my girl and it's worked perfectly since last Feb.
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I’ve followed all advice in this post. She doesn’t appear to be trying to lay more eggs and is scting more normal now. Thanks to all of you.
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You need to remove any and all eggs that are laid and ensure you limit your birds' daylight hours to no more than 8 hours per day.

You've been given good advice with regard to the seed dish and it's important you never have anything in the cage that can be used as a nesting site

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These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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