Remove the nest box and you will need to take steps to try and prevent her laying eggs. Please have a look at this When We Don't Want Eggs!
Hi Cody, thanks for your reply! I'll have a read through but it doesn't answer why she would be not in a condition to lay eggs. Is it because she is actively breaking the eggs? If so, what can I do to try and prevent this behaviour in future?Remove the nest box and you will need to take steps to try and prevent her laying eggs. Please have a look at this When We Don't Want Eggs!
Hi FaeryBee, thank you for replying.Were you specifically trying to breed this budgie?
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Ok great thankyou, this is the answer I've been after. I'll remove the box and discourage breeding behaviour/environment. In a few months time when she enters breeding condition again and for example she lays eggs from the perch again, should I just repeat the process of discouraging laying/breeding?She isn't really ready to be bred since she is laying from the perch instead of in the nest box, yet has been going into the nest box.
My opinion is that you should remove the eggs and the nest box at this time. Give her time to rest (at least 6 months) during which time you can learn more about conditioning diets, using calcium supplements in addition to the cuttle-bone, etc.
Then, in about 6 months time when she comes back into condition you can try again.
You don't need gloves when moving eggs. You do need to wash your hands and ensure they are warm before touching a budgie's eggs.
However, any egg that has been laid from the perch and fallen to the floor of the cage is going to be "addled" from such drop and is therefore not going to be a viable egg for hatching.
Ok noted. Thanks very much for your help!If she does the same thing again in a few months then I would not try again after that.
Laying eggs is very hard on the female (whether or not she follows through in raising a clutch) so trying a third time is not best for her health and well-being.
Oh I didn't realise that the spinach isn't absorbed. I'll have a look into other calcium supplementation then because they love spinach, so we regularly give that. Thank you for the advice!To underscore what @FaeryBee said regarding calcium supplementation, cuttlebone is actually a very poor source of calcium for budgies. It's best to think of it as a beak grooming tool/shred toy. Given that she's on a seed-based diet without pellets to round out the nutritional deficiencies of seeds, and unless she's feeding on other calcium-rich foods, she may need calcium supplementation as has been suggested. And if spinach is one of her veggies, know that despite it being calcium-rich, it also contains oxalic acid which binds with calcium and inhibits its ability to be absorbed.