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Old 10-21-2016, 04:15 PM
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Question How to discourage breeding behaviour?

I just want to start by saying that I DON'T want my birds to breed. I did the required research a year or so just so that I can have more knowledge in budgie behaviour. The decision to breed comes with a lot of responsibility and commitment.

This morning I let my birds out to play, the usual stuff. After 30 minutes Limon and Kiwi decided to go at it. They did it twice and to be very honest, I dont want any babies. I've only seem them do this ONCE long time ago.

They are covered at night to keep them warm but now that they are at the basement, it gets pretty dark after 5 PM. They have a good diet as well. Unlimited Pellets, 2 tsp of volkman seed mixture and fresh water and vegetables daily. Its fall so I kind of have a hard time understanding why its happening. I don't have a nest box, obviously. Lol...

The only good thing that will come out of my Limon and Kiwi breeding will be that they're in good health and top physical condition to go through with it. I know some birds can be VERY determined to breed but I would like if anyone can give me additional advice to eliminate all possibilities.
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It's excellent to know that you are doing what you can to stop your pair breeding.

Firstly, read through this thread: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

This will give you the best advice for dealing with how you can discourage breeding.

As you don't have a nest box for your pair, they really have nowhere to lay, so if you follow the steps in the link, you should be able to prevent any eggs being laid.

If your hen does lay an egg, you can throw it away. Laying an egg doesn't mean you have to have chicks because the egg isn't fertile, so basically, it's just an egg, there's no life inside.

If this does happen, I'd seriously consider splitting your pair up for a while to get your hen out of breeding condition, ideally putting one of them into a completely different room so they can't hear one another.
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It's excellent to know that you are doing what you can to stop your pair breeding.

Firstly, read through this thread: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

This will give you the best advice for dealing with how you can discourage breeding.

As you don't have a nest box for your pair, they really have nowhere to lay, so if you follow the steps in the link, you should be able to prevent any eggs being laid.

If your hen does lay an egg, you can throw it away. Laying an egg doesn't mean you have to have chicks because the egg isn't fertile, so basically, it's just an egg, there's no life inside.

If this does happen, I'd seriously consider splitting your pair up for a while to get your hen out of breeding condition, ideally putting one of them into a completely different room so they can't hear one another.
You've given very good advice! Thank you. I will re-arrange all their cage and toys etc so they keep themselves busy with other stuff. If that does not work, I will consider separating them...
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Therm has given you the best possible advice and I'm glad to hear you will be following it.

I'll go ahead and close this thread, Fatma
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