Hi again! I thank you all for the info with my male, Amazon. Tonight, I guess I have a new question about my oldest female, Lambit. I have noticed that Lambit has been acting strangely, very quiet, and hasn't been herself. I didn't notice it before tonight and though she is fairly tame and knows some tricks, (we say "ring your bell, Lambit" and she will hit her swing with her beak) I have been very busy and she's been sitting on her perch or eating when I feed her and change her water. Tonight, though, my heart sunk when I couldn't find her in the cage. I can't see the floor of the cage without a step ladder, but when I opened the door, she started to fuss at me, shrieking. I changed her food and water while she fussed, and grabbed my step ladder to make sure she's okay. She's sitting on a number of eggs, with 4 eggs just lying on the floor. She hasn't been in the same cage with Amazon, but their cages do touch. Anyway, I am assuming that I should dispose of the eggs, though it makes me feel sad to. I have no idea how to breed Budgies and I am sure the floor of the cage isn't the best place for eggs. So how do I keep from getting my hand chewed off? She is obviously very protective of her eggs.
If you are positive the eggs are infertile and do not plan on breeding your budgies then yes I is a good idea to remove the eggs.
As you have not had your budgie on a breeding diet, supplying her with some egg and biscuit mix will help build her depleted system.
Also her age could factor as well. Have a read through these stickies for some idea's. https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...s-fertile.html
When it comes to pet ownership we must be very attentive to our pet's behaviours and their general well being and hygiene.
Even though you need to use a ladder to access your budgie's cage, still the necessary cleaning up of the cage (this including cage's bottom) must be done at least every other day, and I find it very odd that you have missed your Lambit's brooding behaviour and the fact she has been laying eggs and has been in the process of incubating them.
Clearly those eggs are not fertile given the fact there were no matings and it is unnecessary for her to spend her time and energy on a futile effort to raise a clutch of eggs that will not hatch, so you can discard the eggs. You also need to see the colour on the eggs, if they have a greyish appearance that would mean they have started to rot and you will really need to remove them. You can use gloves to avoid Lambit from harming you with her bites.
It would be a good idea to work on taming her to hopefully make her less aggressive towards you.
You will also need to discourage your Lambit from her breeding behaviour and you can do this by not giving her anything that she can potentially use as a nest. By rearranging the whole cage and accessories you can also help her to come out of breeding condition, it would be even better if you could move her into a completely different cage (not placing her back with Amazon).
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
I found your post very distressing.
Budgies need to be monitored closely on a daily basis to ensure their health and well-being.
Their cage bottoms should be cleaned at a minimum of every other day, as aluz indicated in her post.
Perhaps putting your budgie's cage where you can more easily access it and monitor her behavior would be something you can consider.
How many eggs were in the cage with Lambit?
As budgies generally lay eggs every other day, and she Lambit has more than 4 eggs she has been laying for a minimum of 10-12 days without anyone being aware of her condition. If she ended up with egg binding with any of those eggs she could easily have died.
The purpose of this forum is to promote the best practices for the health, care and well-being of budgies.
I suggest you read through the stickies throughout the forum and take the information to heart.
Having pets requires both time and attention be devoted to them on a daily basis regardless of whether or not you are busy with other matters.
I recommend you dispose of the eggs immediately and do everything possible to throw Lambit out of breeding condition.
If Lambit becomes a chronic egg-layer it will be detrimental to her health and it may be necessary to have her treated by an Avian Vet.
Additionally, for Lambit's safety, her cage and your Amazon's cage should not be close enough that the Amazon can reach through the bars of the cages and nip her feet (or any other part of her)
To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.