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These are my two birds, Maui & Hei Hei (named by my daughter after she watched Moana). They are almost two years old and I noticed that the female (Hei Hei) had laid eggs on the bottom of the cage. They were non viable and when she got sick of sitting on them I took them out. However she decided to try again in their coconut and currently has four eggs. I have not checked to see if they are viable yet. She is currently sitting on them.
After this set (whether they hatch or not) I will take the coconut out and rearrange their cage. I don’t want to have to split them up because they are bonded and I don’t think they would handle it well.
My questions are;
1. What can I do to prevent breeding besides separating them (& rearranging the cage which I intend to do)?
2. Any tips on taking care of baby budgies (if they are viable eggs)?
3. What are their mutations? I’m quite curious about this as I didn’t know that this was a thing. ?
Will their babies then be some combo between normal and yellow/green?

Thank you in advance! ???


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I can't give any advice about breeding but do you know when these eggs were laid? If not, you can mark the current eggs, and then any eggs that are laid after you can throw away immediately. The eggs won't have any life in them until the female has incubated them for a few days so they are pretty much the same as eggs you buy from the grocery store.

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

As you have now learned, it is never a good idea to have a coconut shell or any items in a cage that the female can use as a nesting site.

A proper nestbox with a concave bottom should be used when breeding budgies for the safety and well-being of both the adult birds and the potential offspring.

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If the eggs are not viable, my recommendation would be to dispose of them immediately, remove the coconut shell and any other items in the cage which could be used as a nesting site, rearrange the cage, move the cage to a different room, limit the amount of protein in the birds' diet and limit the amount of daylight they get to no more than 8 hours per day.
Following the above guidance should throw them out of breeding condition.

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice and have been asked some great questions.

It's important to check immediately if the eggs are fertile or not. If they are not, you can simply toss them. No life is formed in the eggs until at least three days of incubation, as indicated above.

Please read through all the links provided above to be sure you're updated on the best of budgie care.

If you have any questions after reading through the forums' many articles and stickies, be sure to ask!

We look forward to seeing more of your budgies soon!

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