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Default Male acting hostile towards female with egg.. help!

Relatively simple - my male bird pecks at my female and attempts to wrestle her out of her nest (it's a toy coconut). There is only one egg, and it's definitely fertile. Whenever she goes to incubate the egg, he follows her and relentlessly pecks at her.

Is this instinct, regular behavior, or do I need to separate them?

EDIT: When she is out of the nest, they both fluff up and relax. They return to their usual behavior.

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Yes, you need to separate the male right away before he really hurts the female.
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I don't have another cage... :,L

This is my first budgie breeding experience. They both are relaxed when the female is out of the coconut, but when she gets into the nest, the male gets hostile.
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The reason you have an egg is because of the coconut, anything that resembles a nest will trigger breeding condition. How long has she been sitting on the egg? Are you feeding her a breeding diet and providing her cuttle bone and more food?
She could lay more eggs as they usually tend to lay every second day.
You need to separate her from the male, he could cause her an injury or destroy the egg
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Thank you for the responses!

I went for dinner and one of them pushed the egg out of the nest; I believe they bred yesterday or the day before because I saw the male courting the female and putting a foot on her back and mounting her, but she sort of shook him off and that's why I wasn't too sure.

I'm happy to hear that more eggs may hatch soon. This was a very depressing and stressful event.
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Maddy you need to get a proper nesting box if you intend to allow your budgies to breed and raise chicks. How old are your birds may I ask? If you allow them to have the eggs in the coconut the chicks if they survive can end up with splayed legs and injuries. Please read these links.
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OK, I'm confused now...
You asked if you should separate them, I said yes and then you said you don't have a separate cage?


How long have you had the budgies?
How old are they?
Have they been on a proper conditioning diet?
Have you done extensive research about breeding?

Breeding budgies is a big responsibility which should not be undertaken without a good basic knowledge of budgies and their behavior and extensive research with regard to best breeding practices.

Budgies need to be a certain age before being bred, should be on a conditioning diet, and you must be prepared for any type emergency which may arise during the process.

When you have more than one budgie, you should always have a separate cage for use as a quarantine cage, hospital cage or to be used if one of the budgies need to be separated for any reason.

I would strongly suggest you remove the coconut and do everything possible to throw your budgies out of breeding condition at this point in time when you learn more about them. When the time comes that you are ready to begin your research with regard to breeding budgies, you can begin with the stickies at the top of the Breeding Section of the forum.

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Welcome to the forums!

I'm sorry to hear of the problems you are having with your budgies.
The male's hostile behaviour towards her brooding mate is not good at all and it's not a good idea to allow potentially violent budgies to breed, not only can bad temperament be passed to the offspring, but also the chicks can suffer from the violence and things can end in a tragic way.

If the one egg got broken, then I advise you to take out the coconut toy and to not give your female anything that she can use as a nest. Do a total cage makeover or even better move your female to a completely different cage, in order to throw her off the breeding mood and break the egg laying cycle.

Females need a good mate in order to be successful at incubating the eggs and later on to raise their young (the males are in charge of feeding the nesting females during most of the breeding journey). So it really is not advisable to let her lay and incubate any eggs that may come even after separating her from the male.
If she ends up laying more, you can throw the eggs away. Life only forms on the egg after a few days of full incubation.
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Welcome to the forums!

I agree completely with Aluz and Deborah. I hope you can do what is necessary for your budgies!

I'm sure they'll be fine when you separate them and through the female out of her laying cycle.

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