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I have read the stickies and if I follow everything to prevent breeding will that be enough.
I will have 2 couples living together so the last thing I want is any egg issues. Does anyone have couples living together happily without any egg problems. Also is it normal for them to mate and not produce eggs. Decca is showing more interest in Suki, she only let's him go so far and then tells him off. I've never seen mating just flirting. Also in the summer will putting a black sheet over the cage at 7 at night and removing it at 7 in the morning be good enough. I will do whatever it takes.

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Generally speaking and for most of the cases by following the recommendations to discourage breeding, their hormones will be under control and you won't have problems with matings leading to unwanted eggs.
In my almost 3 decades of budgie keeping, for most of the time I have had at least one male/female pair and fortunately have never come across any issue on that department. They would only breed when I allowed them to do so.
A sporadic mating (one odd time) will not trigger egg laying.

It's a given that when keeping male/female pairs that it's important to observe the behaviours when interacting with their mates and if despite the measures taken to discourage breeding, they insist and continue to exhibit overly passionate behaviour, then separating the pair and giving them the needed time to cool off would be the best thing to do.
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Fantastic advice. Thank you. I will do whatever it takes as breeding is something I do not want to get involved in. I want my budgies as pets.

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I have an equal amount of males and females and have no issues with them mating.

Watch your female during out of cage time when she is in season, as they might try and look for a small nest like area (mine have looked in drawers- I have holes instead of handles and had to block them up and on shelves). This doesn't mean anything other than she is looking for a next. I just make the area they are interested in disappear- block it up, move things about.
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I have noticed Suki going down the curtain tiebacks, she goes down them and looks very dissapointed that she comes out the other end. She's always looking at gaps inbetween the cages and believe it or not looking down the back of pictures hanging up.. I'm concerned about my food dishes they are small stainless steel dishes , will they be a problem she has never shown interest in them but in desperate needs could she think these could he a nesting site.

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Yes, any food bowls that don't have a top on can be used as potential nesting sites for the most persistent broody females looking for a cosy area to sit in.
This can be solved by getting a different style of food container that has a top on with a small opening where only the head will fit in for strictly feeding purposes.
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Can somebody please send me a link or show me a picture of what I should purchase for the food. Thank you

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There are several different types of covered dishes you can choose from:

Bird Feeders & Waterers: Prevue Pet Products Jumbo Fountain Feeder

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clean-Cup-F...d+cage+feeders

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kerbl-Water...d+cage+feeders

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feeding-Dri...d+cage+feeders
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Well I bought 2 new feeders today and they were a disaster. Jw clean cup feeders. Suki literally emptied all the seed out all over the floor with her beak. She then tried to climb in the holder.it was quite funny to watch but I had to remove the feeder at the finish. So tomorrow I'm looking for something else. Crazy birds

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