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Yesterday my budgie Buttercup laid an egg in her seed dish. Iíve removed it, but from the looks of her sheís got more coming. The egg was a surprise, since itís cold and the budgies are usually fluffy, so I had no idea she was eggnant. Iím monitoring her and her mate just in case they are doing ďsomething.Ē Itís 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? Sheís had batches of chicks before and may expect more. I donít want her health to suffer because sheís 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. Emilyís little sister Rio(1 year) hasnít done anything unusual. Will Emily start laying?
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.
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.
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.
Last edited by BudgieFour; 11-16-2018 at 10:09 PM.
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.
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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