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Old 11-07-2015, 06:12 PM
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Today, all my birds were having some out of cage time.

They were all very vocal and keen to come out and everything was pretty normal about their out of cage time.
Except my sweet little baby Jay.

A new favourite place for him to perch is the curtain rail. He and Sage were up there and he seemed to be paying some special attention to the curtain. He didn't show any special interest in Sage but I'm sure it'll only be a certain amount of time before she starts to mature as well.

With all this in mind, and considering I never intended to have these mixed sex budgies, I'm looking for some help for dealing with it.
I know it's important to get a female out of her breeding condition when it happens by decreasing her daylight hours and moving the cage around as well.

Is there anything that should be done for my male?

Despite the fact that I don't intend to breed my budgies, will Sage (and eventually Sunny) need anything special when they go into condition?

Also, is it okay to keep all he birds interacting together or should I let them come out in their bonded pairs only, or keep on letting them enjoy themselves together seeing as they haven't had any trouble so far.

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Old 11-07-2015, 07:39 PM
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You can help reduce Jay's "mating drive" by
ensuring he has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.

Reduce the number of hours of light he gets as well as the percent of protein and other foods used to bring birds into condition.

Depending on how "determined" your birds are to mate once they reach maturity, you may have to separate them by gender.

Some people are quite successful in discouraging breeding simply by following the normal recommendations for discouraging breeding but sometimes it can be more difficult.

jrook (Judy) can give you first-hand testimony of the determination Lemony and Cody exhibited in trying to breed.
Lemony even thought about making a nest out of shredded carrot!
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Thanks for the great advise.

If they seem to be getting too hormonal, I will split my males and females up. I'm happy that I have a cage big enough to keep them happy split up this way and at least I'd have no worries about bad things happening.

The idea of a shredded carrot nest does sound awesome, if not very undesirable.
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Hopefully you can get good results from the advice Deb has given. I have been fortunate to have it work well for me the last couple year's but there are some bird's that can still persist, and need to be seperated...
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Thanks Randy.
I'll try and just break them from getting into condition but if it doesn't work, I have a backup plan.
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