I have a Male Parakeet(3 years) . Month ago I bought a female parakeet and kept them separated for 1 month and introduced them.
Although both have gotten along, my male bird has been getting extra excited around her(the female is still very young) and I even witnessed it attempt to mate with her.
The issue? I don't want the female to lay eggs. In the distant past, I had a bad experience where I had two previous parakeets, and the female had egg binding. Even when the egg passed, she'd just continue to lay more.
I really want to make it a situation where she does not lay eggs at all. And in the chance she does, it's very very very rare for her to do so.
What are my options at this point? Whats the best way in preventing my female bird from laying eggs? Should I continue to discourage them from mating?(Ie make sure he doesn't go on top of her). What can I do, so that I'll no longer have to deal with the issue of eggs in general?
- I feed them Rowdy Bush Pellets, and fruits
- I have a cuttlebone. But it doesn't seem to be from a specific special brand
- Gonna get some bird seed mix sprouts from "Sprout people"
Hi... I understand your situation!! That's how I found this forum... (when we had eggs we didn't plan for or want). I now have 2 birds from that particular occasion, so I'm with you.... no eggs.
Here's my advice based on my flock.. I'm not an expert. Limit the daylight hours.. mine are covered 11 hours. I cage them separately, though they have out of cage time together every day. I keep an eye on them though . My hen shreds anything she can to make a nest... so... be sure not to offer anything she can use to make a nest with... they can be resourceful, can't they?? My hen looks for dark corners too.. apparently, dark means nest to her.
Some people have suggested Lupron injections for 'broody' hens like mine. I may look in to that. Doesn't sound like your hen is interested in parenthood yet, though.
Good luck and keep us posted.
its my understanding that you can still get eggs regardless of wither a male is around. I would not keep a female unless she was provided with enough calcium to prevent egg binding. it is also known that all creature's can have young with out a male. rare yes but it can happen!
Yes it is true you can still get eggs when a hen comes into condition, of course without a male the eggs will not be fertile.
All budgies should have access to cuttle bone for a source of calcium not just hens.
If you follow the suggestions put forward in the links provided it definitely will help discouraging eggs.
In all my years of having and breeding budgies, I've never had a hen lay an egg when no nest box is present. Just make sure her diet is adequate to insure no egg binding and you should be OK. If she should become egg bound, a drop of olive oil in her vent will normally do the trick. If she happens to lay and egg with no problem, simply throw it out. My Quakers are constantly laying eggs and it doesn't seem to bother them that I remove them. When it cools off, I'll put up nest boxes.