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My 8-month old budgie Sammy just laid an egg. She is alone in her cage. I noticed that over the last week or so that she was very playful and active with her new toy on the bottom and new kabob near the top of the cage. Last night we noticed a bulge near her vent and her poop has been larger than normal. This evening, she laid the egg and the egg looks normal nearest I can tell. It is white and solid. I removed the egg.

She is sleeping on and off near her toy on the bottom of the cage. I did see her climb around the cage, fly a bit, preen herself, and dig against the cage floor. She also ate from my hand and seemed to be searching around for calcium source. I saw her eating cuttlebone. I now see her biting the cage floor. Is this because I removed the egg?

I have never seen any of my budgies lay before. I am nervous. Is there anything I should do or just let her rest this evening? Thanks.

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Hi there!

You did the right thing in removing the egg I'm glad she seems fine and had no difficulties passing the egg

I doubt she's looking for it now, she's probably just restless or in a mood to chew because of her hormones. If she lays again, remove the egg also, but right now you should rearrange her cage completely to throw her off from the breeding cycle

Now and in the future, you can follow the advice in this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

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This is stated in the link Starling provided, but my avian vet recommends what she calls "hurricane therapy."
Basically, birds will lay eggs when they feel the environment is safe enough to raise babies. Hurricanes are, obviously, not safe and in the wild, an impending hurricane/storm will discourage any egg-laying.
So recreate that! Introduce new perches and toys and rearrange the cage setup, as if a hurricane hit! You don't have to buy all new things, but a few new items in the cage will help While your bird is busy adjusting to this new, potentially dangerous, environment, she won't consider laying.
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Thank you both for the help and suggestions! I have been very worried for her and am glad the egg passed okay.

I rearranged several items and covered up her cage so she can rest. Tomorrow, I will work on changing out and moving around some more toys and perches in her cage.

Since my last posting, she has been playing with her wheel toy on the bottom and she sat on my hand for a while and chewed on my fingers. She also ate quite a bit. She is now resting on her swing.
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You have been given excellent advice and I hope you will be able to throw your budgie off her nesting mood and break the egg laying cycle.

Can you tell us which type of toy do you have at the cage's bottom?
If your budgie is particularly attached to a given toy (like a mirrored toy, a plastic toy shaped like a budgie/bird for example) or the toy makes for a good hiding spot, then to further discourage your budgie from being broody and wanting to lay, you will have to remove these toys/items and replace them for new ones.
Having a toy on the bottom of the cage may also not be a good idea especially if your female has nesting tendencies.

Is this the first time that your budgie has come into breeding condition?
If so and given her young age and the fact that she has exhibited these symptoms so early and if nothing on her environment would encourage her to lay an egg, then you will have to keep a close watch on your budgie, do your best to follow the recommendations on the link given to you above and see if you are successful in keeping the breeding behaviour/egg laying under control.

Best of luck with your budgie girl!
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I agree the advice you have been given is excellent.

Could you post a picture of your budgie and her cage layout?
We may be able to offer you additional advice if we can see what is actually in her cage.

Information for helping discourage egg laying can be found in this link:
When We Don't Want Eggs

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I am reading over the link, thanks.

I took a picture of the cage which is attached. We had to separate her from another bird in another cage early on due to them not getting along.

You can see the wheel toy on the shelf below the cage. She is also quite fond of the large kabob in the upper right corner. Since we have had her, she has been a nervous bird that likes to chew. She was chewing off her own tail. Since adding these toys, she has redirected her chewing tendencies to the toys instead and her tail is growing back again.

I also added in some extra food from Goldenfeast and she has herb salad. I am worried she might become calcium deficient if she continues to lay eggs.

I can buy some new toys for her today. Would it also help if I moved the cage to another location?
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Yes, you can certainly change the location of the cage as that can also be helpful to throw her out of breeding condition.
Since she likes to chew so much, you can get her a couple more wooden toys for her to chew on, just make sure that they are not the log type of chew toys because those can be use as nests.
If she lays on the wheel toy, it may be best to remove it from the cage.

If your budgie has been on a good, balanced diet and has full access to a reliable calcium source, she shouldn't have any problems if she lays more eggs or even completes one clutch.

Time will tell whether the measures you have taken to discourage her from laying will be successful or not. Hopefully everything goes well and this was only a one time occurrence.
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I can't see the picture very well.
Does your budgie have a swing in the cage? Most budgies love swings.

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

Do you have a cuttlebone, mineral block and manu rose in her cage? The cuttlebone is important for calcium and the mineral block and manu rose will help provide additional nutrients.

You can add a calcium supplement to her diet for a few weeks to ensure her body is not depleted of calcium.

Calciboost from The Bird Care Company for Calcium Deficiencies 1

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html
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Sorry the picture did not come through well for you. I will try and post it differently later this evening.

For calcium, she has a cuttlebone, two mineral blocks, some calcium powder from Zoomed, a seashell mineral perch with calcium, and a bee pollen perch which also has calcium. The perches are from drs foster and smith. I found another product from the business that makes Herb Salad, Twin Beaks Aviary called Hatched Calcium. From what I read it can be mixed with Herb Salad. I ordered it but it will take a few days to get here. I hope all together this gives her sufficient options to find calcium and minerals.

She does have a swing that she sleeps on nightly and I have rearranged some of her cage.

Today she has been very cheerful, chirping happily, and even more social with me than normal. I saw her pulling at the cage bars on the floor with her beak on and off. Last I saw, her poop was still watery and larger than normal. I am not sure if she is planning to lay another egg.
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