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Old 05-30-2017, 09:21 AM
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Yes, budgies may try to mate even when they are not in breeding condition.

Budgies as young as 6 months can lay an egg although it isn't a good thing for them to do so.
It would be similar to a 10 year old child being pregnant.

Discouraging breeding by ensuring there is nothing in the cage that can be used as a nest and rearranging the cage frequently will help prevent the birds from becoming "broody".
When neither bird is in breeding condition, you may allow them to have more daylight. Just ensure they are getting a minimum of 10-12 hours of darkness during that time.

When a female budgie goes into breeding condition, the cere generally turns a brownish color and becomes crusty looking. Males with a blue cere will have the color deepen into a dark royal blue when in condition.

Most female budgies will not lay eggs when they are alone unless they are a "chronic" layer or the conditions in their environment stimulate them into breeding condition.


Thankyou for all of this helpful information, Deborah. Just to clarify, it is okay if they mate because this doesn't necessarily mean they will breed as long as I follow all of this?

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Yes and no.

If they happen to mate occasionally, it isn't a big issue if you are following the advice to discourage breeding.

Should an egg "happen" then you discard it immediately and separate the two birds into individual cages.
Even if fertilized, the egg is not viable until it has been incubated for about 3 days so you are not "killing" anything.

If the two budgies are "mating" continually, even when you are doing everything you can to discourage breeding behaviors, then they would need to be separated.
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Yes and no.

If they happen to mate occasionally, it isn't a big issue if you are following the advice to discourage breeding.

Should an egg "happen" then you discard it immediately and separate the two birds into individual cages.
Even if fertilized, the egg is not viable until it has been incubated for about 3 days so you are not "killing" anything.

If the two budgies are "mating" continually, even when you are doing everything you can to discourage breeding behaviors, then they would need to be separated.
Okay, thanks for this Deborah. I think you've answered all of my questions that I wanted to ask for now. Thanks
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