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The fact that Budge is laying eggs is actually not a good thing as it will deplete her calcium. :(

Hopefully, you do not have a nestbox or anything that could be used as a nesting site in her cage.
To throw her out of her breeding cycle, rearrange her cage, limit her daylight to no more than 8 hours a day and limit the protein in her diet.
In the meantime, please be sure she is getting plenty of calcium as well as Vitamin D3.

Are you leaving the radio or TV on for Budge when you are away from home? Is there anyway you could maybe use a webcam to record how she behaves when you are away so you can see if she is active and happy or if she seems to be depressed?

If you choose to get another budgie, there is no guarantee that the two will get along - especially since Budge has bonded to you. Because Budge is older and a female, she may well be very aggressive toward another bird. You will need to be prepared to house the new budgie permanently in a separate cage if the two do not do well together.

Please remember, if you get another budgie, you will need to quarantine the new bird for at least 45 days. Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill.
Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

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