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I have a 2 and a half year old female budgie who has been laying eggs since December 2014. So far she has layed 10 eggs. We've tried to get her to stop by changing her cage location, to putting her to bed earlier and limiting her daylight hours. We've separated her from our male budgie. Sometimes she will lay 4-5 eggs over the course of a week and other times she will go a month and a half without laying any eggs. I'm not sure what to do. Will she ever stop? She seems healthy, she has a lot of energy and makes a lot of noise and we had her examined by a vet, her weight is good.

She often looks for hiding places and I believe she is looking for a nesting area. She also showing hormonal behaviour which she has been for the last several months. I thought she was calming down because she hadn't layed an egg in about 6 weeks but it seems she is still hormonal and layed another egg today I don't know what to do.. I really want her to stop laying eggs..

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When you took her to the vet, did you see a certified Avian Vet or a regular vet?

Avian Vets have more experience/training when it comes to budgies and may offer alternatives a regular vet is unaware of.

There are medications (Lupron is one) that an Avian Vet can give to your budgie to help stop the hormonal imbalance that is causing her to continually lay.

In the meantime, I hope you are ensuring she has lots of calcium (cuttlebone/mineral block) and are regularly providing her with a good a calcium supplement as well.
https://www.allbirdproducts.com/newpr...alciboost.html

Laying eggs depletes the hen's body of calcium and a calcium deficiency results in health problems.

Good luck and please let us know how things progress.
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When you took her to the vet, did you see a certified Avian Vet or a regular vet?

Avian Vets have more experience/training when it comes to budgies and may offer alternatives a regular vet is unaware of.

There are medications (Lupron is one) that an Avian Vet can give to your budgie to help stop the hormonal imbalance that is causing her to continually lay.

In the meantime, I hope you are ensuring she has lots of calcium (cuttlebone/mineral block) and are regularly providing her with a good a calcium supplement as well.
Calciboost from The Bird Care Company for Calcium Deficiencies 1

Laying eggs depletes the hen's body of calcium and a calcium deficiency results in health problems.

Good luck and please let us know how things progress.
The Animal hospital I took her to does have experience with budgies. They suggested things like limiting daylight hours, the vet also mentioned medication but the vet said she wanted to use that as a last resort. I'm not sure if I should wait a bit longer and see what happens or if I will have to put her on hormone injections. How long can budgies keep laying eggs for? Is there an age where they just stop? This has been an ongoing issue for the last several months. There are times where she will go long stretches without laying eggs and then she starts laying again. We do keep cuttlebone in her cage which she does nibble on quite a lot.
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A female budgie can continue laying eggs throughout her lifetime even though they should not be bred once they reach three to three and one-half years old.

I'd suggest you add a calcium supplement like Calciboost in addition to the cuttlebone to ensure she doesn't end up with health problems.

I would recommend you call your vet and discuss the matter the ongoing laying again to see if she thinks it's time to consider a more aggressive approach since the environmental changes haven't been successful.
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Are Calcium supplements for birds easy to find in regular pet stores? (I'm in Canada to btw) Or do I have to special order them? I know there is calcium in powder form and a liquid. I'm not sure which would be better for her since she doesn't drink water very often which would be better for getting the calcium in her body.
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You can order Calciboost on-line.

It's available through www.amazon.com as well as All Bird Products Inc and
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Calciboost is a liquid that can be added to water or to soft foods.

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I'm sorry you're going through this. This concern is why I initially didn't want a female bird. Then the advice I got from several long-time budgie people who I knew before joining here, told me what worked for them and their females....

They (about 5 people) told me that if you're careful about not providing anything remotely "nest-like", or dark corners to hide in, or even toys that can mimick nesting material, they didn't go into nesting mode.

One person told me that she used to have the problem with one hen, but when she removed nest like areas, and the environment was no longer conducive to breeding, the behavior stopped, and she has never had any egg laying since.

So I decided to try a female.... my Mink . I don't have first hand long term budgie experience, but I'm hoping the advice I was given works. So look at how your cage is set up, and good luck!
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