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Budgie Breeding Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

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In November we ended up getting Zuri a female cockatiel. We already had Elsa our male budgie. They have hardly any out of cage time together and are never in the same cage. This morning we found Zuri had laid 2 eggs. I know the eggs won't be viable even if they were somehow fertilized and I've heard that cockatiels are notorious egg layers. I'm not 100 percent sure what to do with the eggs right now as Zuri won't let us in the cage and Elsa gets very irritated if we try to go near Zuri right now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Sarah,

No, there's no possible way the eggs are viable even if Elsa tried to "mate" with Zuri. Budgies and Cockatiels are totally different species and thus cannot produce fertile offspring.

Can you let Zuri out of her cage and take the eggs away while she's out? This is the best option; then you are free to toss them.

If you haven't read it already, this article is helpful for discouraging egg laying tendencies in all birds, not just budgies:

When We Don't Want Eggs!
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She flat out attacked me when I went to change her water so it is highly unlikely that I'll be able to get her out of the cage how she is right now. I'm also worried that removing them may send her into trying to start laying a new clutch right away. There isn't anything that should be encouraging her laying in the cage.
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Well, if you tempt her out with a bit of millet or her favorite treat, she may be more inclined to leave her cage. Once she's out, I would take her cage to a totally different room, remove and discard the eggs, and then rearrange everything to try and throw her off of the laying cycle.

It's important that you do remove the eggs; it actually may encourage her to lay more if she sees they're still there.
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