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Old 01-29-2015, 06:54 AM
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Default Why Are My Budgies Resting In Their Food Tray?

Does anyone have any idea? I've been catching them curl up, and sometimes fight over their food tray..not to eat out of it, but to sit in it??? Are they wanting their own little nest to lay down in? Or is this normal?

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May I ask what the sex of your budgies is? If they are females, it could be indicative of nesting behaviour and needs to be discouraged.

You can discourage nesting behaviour in a variety of ways. The most obvious would be taking out the food dish and replacing it with a smaller one. You can also reduce their day light hours so they are going to bed earlier, as well as change their toys, perches etc around every once in a while

If they are males, I wouldn't worry about it and just let them sort it out unless it gets violent.

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It's been mentioned on the forum here that my budgies would probably be too young to breed The one most interested in the food tray is the female though.Iris loves it all to herself. Sometimes the male, Icarus, seems to want a turn and they may have a tiff over it, but she always wins out. Shes really attached to it! I am starting to find it strange, which is why I posted here. If theyre too young to breed, is there nothing to worry about here? Is it just strange birdie behaviour?

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How old is she/they.?
Looks like she wants to breed.
One of mine did this and I took the dish away because i didnt want her to lay eggs.
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How old is she/they.?
Looks like she wants to breed.
One of mine did this and I took the dish away because i didnt want her to lay eggs.
I was told they're about a year, though I suspect they may be a bit younger. It was mentioned in another thread they look a little young There is photos of them in this thread.
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They do it either because they're babies or because they're broody hens ... or both.
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I agree, babies do it for security and grow out of it generally, and hens do it as Nest substitute.
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If you've had them for close to a year, they are very likely old enough
to breed and I'm thinking the female can't find a better location to
start her family than the food dish. She's ready and he's just following.
Remove/change food container or separate them for a while, maybe
even change cages and rearrange cage furniture.
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One of my females in a separate cage has the same habit...she sits inside the food bowl and eats in it. I don't have to worry because I know she isn't going to lay although they even mate frequently. She doesn't even allow the male to eat during that short amount of time she's in the dish. But since this behaviour has been going on for a long time, I don't give it a thought.
In your case, you might want to check the signs...is her cere dark brown?(which is an indication of her being in breeding mode), is she tossing the food out? and is she wanting to shred things or aggressive behaviour? Finally is her vent area fully feathered or is an empty patch visible and the poop quality? Females will pluck feathers around their vent area and the poop can be larger from the usual size.
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Females don't always have to have a dark brown cere to be in breeding condition. Lyla's cere is barely tan and she's laying. Before that, her and Pepper mated frequently from what I noticed, and probably more so when I wasn't there. From the picture of your hen, she still looks fairly young to be starting a little budgie family, still having her baby bars and all, but their hormones and instincts tell them different. That's why it's up to us to keep them from laying. If she's too young, there's higher risk of egg binding, and prolapse, neither of which you want, and both can be life threatening. I would take away the bowl and replace it with something else. Separate her and the male if possible, and reduce daylight hours. Budgie reach sexual maturity at about 6 months old, but are nowhere near mature and ready enough to start breeding. She should be AT LEAST a year old before you even think about breeding her. Preferably a bit older than that. My boys Pepper and Peatri used to do that, not sure why. Lyla also used to do that when we first got her, but the behavior quickly dissipated. I hope this helped!
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