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Hi. My budgie has laid six eggs, the first laid on the 10th of June.

She hasn't been eating much at all, but I read that's normal and she gets most of her food from the father, and he has definitely been feeding her.

I feed them a seed blend throughout the day, and egg food in the evening, mixed with bird safe vegetables. I make sure to give the daddy bird vegetables throughout the day.

The hen doesn't come out of her nest much except to poop and get fed. I just saw her let out a very watery dropping, it squirted out of her vent like a stream (Sorry for the detail!). As I was typing this post, she went and ate some seed, which I haven't seen her do in over a week.

I cannot take her to the vet. I'm a minor, I don't have a license, and my parents refuse to take her to a vet as money is an issue.

Any help?

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Hi Crump & welcome to talkbudgies.

Is this breeding a planned event?
Are you aware that breeding is not inevitable with a mixed sex pair of birds?
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

It takes a lot of extra effort from the budgies to breed, lay and raise chicks.
Breeding also requires experience and research from the owners, in order to acquire the knowledge needed to adequately prepare, so ensuring the optimum health of the parents before breeding and being ready to deal with potential problems. To allow birds to breed whilst also being in a situation where veterinary help will not be an option, is really not good practice.
Here is the link to the list of stickies (information posts) for you to peruse whilst awaiting a response:
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...-stickies.html

I'm sure that members with more experience will be along soon. In the meantime, it would be useful if you could give some more information in order for them to help you:
What experience do you have with birds/budgies/breeding?
How many birds do you have?
What are the ages of the breeding pair?
Do you have any spare cages?
What do you plan to do with the chicks?

With regards to the hen:
Is this just one incidence of diarrhoea?
Is she showing any other signs of sickness?
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:25 AM
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Hope she is on the mend soon...all great advice above.
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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

It's great to have you here with us; you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about these beautiful birds!

However, owing to the fact that you do not yet know enough about budgies to be able to breed them safely, it is best that you immediately check if the eggs are fertile, and if they are not, discard them. This does not harm any life, if the eggs are infertile, it is just the same as throwing away a chicken egg from the grocery store. After throwing away the egg(s), totally rearrange the cage, and if the female is still showing signs of wanting to lay, separate her from her male budgie for a while, until she comes out of breeding condition.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

If the hen's eggs are fertile, then you're going to have to help her through this. Be sure to read through all the breeding stickies, which will answer a lot of your questions.

As for her runny poops, when hens lay eggs, they often have very large and runny poop. If in a few days, this doesn't clear up, you must take her to the vet or she may not live, endangering the lives of any chicks she may have, other than her own.

Deciding to own budgies comes with the dedication to their vet care, and while I know that it's not your fault that your parents do not want you to spend money on that, it is your responsibility to find a way to take her to the vet if she needs it. Additionally, if she does raise chicks, you also need to have access to an avian vet as they are the only ones qualified to treat very young birds. Save your pocket money, or try and get a job to save up for a visit to the vet, whether it's for your female now or for the future when you do need to take them.

Additionally, be sure to look through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through anything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Best of luck, I hope everything goes well!

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Hi! to Talk Budgies

You've received excellent advice.
If the eggs are not fertile, you need to remove them, separate your two budgies and begin bringing them out of condition by discouraging egg laying.

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. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.

Part of owning budgies is taking the responsibility for their health care which means ensuring they are seen by an Avian Vet when necessary.

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...e-expense.html

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

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