Hi everyone! Thanks so much for having me.
I own a female budgie named Hayato. While she doesn't allow head scritches anymore, she's an incredibly affectionate bird who loves preening people's faces.
She was born in September 2017, and ever since August 2018, she has been consistently laying eggs nearly every month. I've slowly but surely exhausted all my options - started small by limiting her daylight hours and frequently rearranging her cage, and recently took further steps by controlling her food intake (I changed her diet from seeds to pellets a few months ago), and removed her mirror (which I was reluctant to since she loves the thing and is a single bird).
I think her hormonal behavior has slowly but surely subdued, but we still seem to have a way to go, as she did lay another egg a couple of weeks ago. However, while she usually lays a clutch of 3-5 eggs, she stuck with only one this time, so I guess that's an improvement?
Still, she keeps having bouts of acting flirty and hormonal, and I'm worried she's going to keep laying eggs until it leads to health complications. I have already consulted with a vet a few times, and I worry that the final measures I have left might be a little too drastic for me to be comfortable with: removing all her toys, and limiting her daylight hours to only 8. I don't think the latter is even possible with my own schedule (sporadic, as I'm a full-time grad school student), as it would basically mean I wouldn't be able to give her any playtime outside the cage at all on certain days. The vet stressed that this has to be done strictly and consistently to even have any effect. Also, I live in a one-room apartment, so while I can light-proof her cage, I can't make it sound-proof. She KNOWS when I'm awake and up aned about.
So what I would like opinions on is whether or not these drastic measures are worth it. Would it be better to give her hormone treatment injections than making these sacrifices?
Also, does anyone have an opinion on whether or not a companion budgie would be good for her? We frequently go to bird meets and she acts very flirty towards the other budgies... also, I discovered shortly after obtaining her that I'm allergic, and while I keep symptoms to a minimum with my medication and a constantly running air purifier, I'm not sure what double the allergens would do.
Thank you so much for reading.