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Old 03-29-2015, 07:55 PM
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Default Female budgie has laid 10 eggs in 1 months time

My female budgie Lemons seems to be stuck in a chronic egg laying cycle. Ever since early February she has been laying 1 egg every 2-3 days. Right now theirs 10 eggs on the cage floor and she has another one cooking right now. I separated her from her mate, limit day light to 8 hours, make sure shes eating a balanced diet but she just wont stop.

She laid a successful clutch of budgie chicks 2 months ago and they are both doing excellent in another cage at the moment, it seems like she really wants a go at round 2.

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Looks like she really wants to be a "mom" again!
Well, it looks like you've read about how to stop egg laying already and it isn't working. Just to make sure:
Are you limiting high-protein foods?
Did you rearrange her cage?

Although you probably have tried this, it can't hurt to keep trying. If she's in good condition and you have the time and resources to let her raise another clutch, I would put her back with her mate and let her have another clutch.
After that, just continue what you're doing and remove the eggs as she lays them to discourage this.

Other than that, maybe she has a hormonal problem or simply won't stop, I would ask your avian vet to make sure there's nothing else you can do. Best of luck!
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I'm sorry to hear you are having problems with your budgie. From your description it really seems like your Lemons is a chronic egg layer.
Unfortunately, the chances of this being passed to the female offspring are higher, so letting her raise more chicks would only be perpetuating the problem.
In order to preserve your Lemon's health, and the fact that her health may go downhill due to the calcium depletion from so many eggs laid, you may consider taking her to the vet to have Lupron shots to hopefully stop the rapid egg production.

It's wrong to assume chronic egg laying can be fixed with letting the hen raise a clutch. And doing so will only make things worse by potentially having more birds affected by this problem.
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I do not want another clutch at all. The male never even mated with her after the first. I will look into the Lupron shots, thanks!
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Well, Aluz is right, I figured since the first clutch is fine, then another might be in question. I remember now that it's genetic, hopefully none of the first chicks inherited it.
At any rate, from your last comment, it doesn't seem like she's in condition anyways, since the male is ignoring her. I agree with the Lupron shots.
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I have a female parrotlet that has laid several eggs since last October---it doesn't sound quite as bad as your case, but the only thing that worked for me was giving her Harrison's Releaves orally. A person on this forum actually shared it on here from a vet website and that is how I learned of it.
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Do most pet stores carry Harrison's Releaves? Or is it something you have to buy online?
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Do most pet stores carry Harrison's Releaves? Or is it something you have to buy online?

I think you mostly have to get it online.
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