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 have an aviary budgie on her own, not hand trained in any way. She's been in breeding condition all Winter, but now, she's eating her cuttlefish bone very fast. She has no mates in the cage, and as far as I can tell is fully bonded with her toy. I know the eggs will be infertile. She has no nesting box, but does have a small cushion in the cage. Do I get a small breeding hutch, and replace her eggs with dummy eggs? How would I get her to eat, and how would I get her away from her eggs long enough to replace them? I need to know what I need to do, I've never bred birds before. SHe only started eating the cuttlefish bone yesterday, and is continuing today. It's the size of my hand and she's already eaten more than half of it.
Edit: I also forgot to ask how would I tell if she becomes egg bound?
If she does happen to lay eggs, it's not a big deal. Simply remove them from the cage and toss them away. You don't need to provide her with any nest (this will only encourage the unwanted egg laying), and you don't need to let her incubate the eggs either.
It's just fine that she's eating her cuttlebones.
That is how budgies get the calcium their bodies need.
Sometimes mine go through them very quickly and sometimes they don't touch them for weeks.
Absolutely do NOT put anything in or on the cage that can be used as a nesting site.
You want to make sure you do everything possible to discourage breeding. Limiting her daylight hours to no more than 8 per day will go a long way in helping to do this.
Thank you, I will limit their light further. They were getting about 10 hours a day. Do I take out the tiny plushie cushion? I mostly put it in there for her to cuddle up to when she's cold and to play with.