its been a long time since I've been on here & I'm sure most of you won't know me!
I came on here last night and thought I posted this question but something must have gone wrong as I can't find my thread now! never mind
anyway to try to explain quickly my oldest budgie Kirby got egg bound in the last 48 hours. We ended up at the vets & they injected a needle into the egg withdrawing the contents allowing the egg to deflate and then Kirby was able to lay it last night! thank goodness! she had is SO worried.
So now Kirby is in recovery, she has two types of antibiotics & a pain med.
The vet suggested that we get her an injection called Lupron every 4-6 months to stop her laying any more eggs. the injection is quite expensive and I'm worried it will be quite an ordeal for her to go through so often. But I also don't want for this to happen again.
has anyone had any experience with that injection?
I know there are other ways you can prevent breeding so if you are experienced at preventing birds breeding I would also love some direction on what to do.
a little background information on Kirby-
she is 6 years old and has never laid an egg before or even shown interest in breeding.
I think the change in dynamics in the cage has maybe triggered this with Kirby. In the past we had 4 budgies- Kirby (female), Charlie(male), Ollie(male) & Daisy (female).
The two boys Ollie and Charlie were always together they acted like a pair despite being both male. So when Ollie suddenly passed away Charlie was very sad so we introduced another male- Kiwi.
This was all fine until Daisy passed away and we introduced another young female Bluebell. So we then still had two boys and two girls.
Kirby was acting pretty normal until Charlie passed away. Yes we've unfortunately had bad luck lately and a lot of loss so we decided not to buy any more budgies. leaving Kirby the oldest female, Bluebell a young female and Kiwi a maturing male.
This is when Kirby and Kiwi seemed to pair up. I noticed very quickly as they became inseparable!
so now Kirby is in our quarantine/hospital cage while she recovers and kiwi is chirping away all day wondering where she is. Kirby doesn't seem too bothered I guess because she's tired from the whole experience.
Do I put Kirby back with Kiwi when she's better? or do I keep her separate?
Should I consider buying another male bird to put the number of males and females back to an even number & this may help Kirby not to feel so territorial and possessive of Kiwi since she is worried Bluebell might get his attention??