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I have one female 5 year old budgie, and she gets tons of attention and out of cage time. For a while now, she's been sticking her tail way up in the air when we give her attention, which I believe is mating behavior, which we try to discourage by ignoring it and stop giving attention when she does it, because I don't want her having eggs or anything. I don't think its anything we're doing to trigger it, because we don't really pet her or anything, but she does this while we're talking to her or holding her on our finger etc. It's happening a lot more often lately, like multiple times a day, and in addition to that she's always gotten a bit of hyperkeratosis/thickening on her cere which I need to pick off maybe twice a year. Which I've heard can be from a hormonal or breeding season thing. So my question is, does it sound like she may have a hormonal condition causing both of these things throughout her life, and if anyone has experienced this, could there be a dietary adjustment you may know of that could help calm her hormones? She was on a mostly seed diet, but I'm working hard now to switch to majority pellets and more fresh veg. She also takes nekton vitamin powder in her water so I'm wondering maybe she's getting too much of some vitamin or not enough which could trigger mating behavior.

I've been researching and I actually may already be too late, she might have an egg in her. She has the "brooding patch" like missing feathers near her vent which seems kind of round/firm almost like there's an egg near there, and her poop has been large/watery/less frequent the last few days. Does it make sense that she would still be lifting her tail like this today and looking like she has an egg inside today? And should I do anything differently for her in preparation for an egg or afterwards if there is an egg laid to keep her healthy and prevent it from happening again? I'm trying to find answers online and on old posts here but having a little trouble. Thank you!
 

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It sounds to me like she may be having trouble passing an egg, do you see her straining at all? If she is egg bound that is an emergency situation and you must get her to an avian vet or a vet that has experience treating birds, please read this
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Update: Scrunch did lay an egg that next day, and two more before I could get her in to the avian vet. I was trying all the adjustments to the cage layout/placement/environment/darkness while I waited for our appointment and just couldn't get her out of that state. The vet saw no signs of cancer/illness and most definitely believes the seed diet is the cause of all of her hormonal issues throughout her life. That was surprising to me, I knew seed was bad and have always been off/on trying to switch her to pellets but didn't think it would cause such a hormonal problem! The vet was spot on. I'm still working on getting Scrunch to enjoy pellets but just by limiting her seed quantity to wean her off instead of free-feeding snapped her out of her hormonal state immediately! Back to her normal self!:D Just a little angry about the pellets lol.

I've been trying a few different pellets so far, she'll eat the zupreem fruit pellets only as a treat given directly, not out of her bowl yet. She likes the small size but I really don't like all the artificial colors/flavors in it.. She's very reluctant about the kaytee natural nutrisoft pellets. I'm waiting for some harrisons high potency super fine from Amazon and I'm very hopeful that will be the one. I'll ask the vet at our phone follow up in a few weeks, but wanted to ask the group if they would still give the Nekton vitamin powder when their budgie is on the correct pellet diet?

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