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Old 01-26-2015, 01:28 PM
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This started a couple months ago and from what little I was able to find about it online it's not normal but it's not indicative that something is wrong so naturally I thought it was adorable. She begged him with quiet baby peeps and he'd feed her. Now it's driving me insane. She begs him very very loudly now alllllll day. I don't know what to do to get her to stop. They've been mating here and there but no eggs. I've shortened their days to try to get her out of breeding mode thinking that that might work. It hasn't. I'm at my wits end. I feel bad for being annoyed by it but it's just so grating after a while. Does anybody have experience with this? Is there anything I can do?

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Hello, how old is your pair of budgies may I ask? She could simply be displaying normal behaviours that have become a habit as it indeed is a common trait for a bonded pair to feed ach other. The male does this when she is sitting on eggs as well to keep her nourished.
Some budgies do it at any time , if she was taken away from her parents too early she may have anxiety as to feeding herself. Does she in fact eat herself for the food dish? She even could have a medical problem eating seed and hard foods and the male feeding her is the only way she is eating. Of course I am guessing here. I have a pair of bonded males that feed each other quite often but they do not call out.
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Hello, how old is your pair of budgies may I ask? She could simply be displaying normal behaviours that have become a habit as it indeed is a common trait for a bonded pair to feed ach other. The male does this when she is sitting on eggs as well to keep her nourished.
Some budgies do it at any time , if she was taken away from her parents too early she may have anxiety as to feeding herself. Does she in fact eat herself for the food dish? She even could have a medical problem eating seed and hard foods and the male feeding her is the only way she is eating. Of course I am guessing here. I have a pair of bonded males that feed each other quite often but they do not call out.
They're both around two years and she's been feeding herself just fine before and during all of this. He's always fed her but more recently they started mating and soon after the peeping began. Now it's a low screeching all day akin the sounds a chick makes along with bobbing her head around like a baby. They have a very healthy diet and she eats plenty on her own. Everything seems in order other than this awful noise. He's even starting to get annoyed with how persistent she is.
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This is normal.
Mating pairs do that.
My females do that sound especially when they have chicks, then the begging gets louder.
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This is normal.
Mating pairs do that.
My females do that sound especially when they have chicks, then the begging gets louder.
Thank you! Does it ever end? She's been doing it for months now with no babies. Now I'm considering just setting up a breeding cage for them and letting them have at it.
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Do that or Separate them.
I guess she really wants to breed..

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I agree, it is completely normal

There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why some hens do it and some do not, but separating them would really be the only way to stop the behavior. Once they start it is usually something they continue to do with any male they are paired with rest of their life
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