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I have a parakeet sitting on 2 eggs she laid in her food dish. She has laid random eggs in the bottom of the cage in the past but never sat on them. She laid one and 2 days later laid another this time in her food dish. It has been 24 days and nothing has happened. I don't want to touch them in case she will not want to sit on them any longer. I did in the past, put a nesting box in the cage but she wouldn't go near it. I am not sure how long I should leave them in with her, worried they are not viable. The ones in the past were not fertilized even with the male in the cage.

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Welcome to the forums,

From your description and given the fact your budgie has laid eggs when no encouragement has been done for her to breed, the chances for your budgie to be a chronic egg layer are higher. With each egg laid the calcium levels will decrease till they get depleted (in an out of control and long term egg laying situation) and once that happens the chances for the budgie to become egg bound is higher.
After 24 days it's safe to say that none of the eggs will hatch. Depending on the time the hen starts full incubation it takes 18 - 21 days for the first egg to hatch.
At this point it would be good if you could check the colour on the eggs to see if they haven't gone bad. If the eggshell has a greyish tinge then it's best to simply discard them.
Replacing the food dish for a different type where your budgie will be unable to sit on will be the best option. You can get a food container that has a top on with a smaller opening where only the head will fit in for strictly feeding purposes. Anything that your budgie can potentially hide in and use as a nest must be removed from the cage.

The detailed information on this link will be of use: When We Don't Want Eggs!

It's also not advisable to breed from budgies who are chronic egg layers, because this undesirable trait can be passed to some of the female offspring.
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aluz has offered you excellent advice.
Please be sure your budgie is getting plenty of calcium.
You may wish to discuss with your Avian Vet if a calcium supplement in addition to her cuttlebone is in order at this time as laying can deplete the calcium in her bones weakening them.
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Thank you for the advice. Her eggs were not viable. So I got rid of them and took out the big food dish she laid them in. Was surprised because it is clear. I will also move the cage and do some of the stuff the article said about how to deter her from laying anymore. I am worried about her missing her eggs, is that something they do?
I took over care of these birds and wasn't ready for eggs!
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When you rearrange the cage, limit the daylight hours to no more than 8 hours per day and ensure there is nothing in the cage that can be used as a nesting site, she will soon forget she had eggs.

Moving the cage into a different location in the house will help as well.
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Hi there and to the forums!

FaeryBee has given great advice, and I'm glad that you're discouraging her from laying now Hopefully, it will break her laying cycle and throw her from the breeding mood.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, don't hesitate to ask as we'd love to help.

We'd love to meet your budgies when you get the chance!

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