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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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Old 03-21-2017, 09:09 PM
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Default So, my budgies seem to be making another nest attempt?

Not entirely sure, but since going into the new cage, my female has not gone out of breeding condition even when moving stuff in the cage and swapping toys out, and now they've taken up a strange habit with their usually empty fruit feeder. it's big enough for one to sit in and shaped like a watermelon. Bonejingles, the female, has been singing a lot more, when before she was almost always silent. Now that she's more active and singing more, Chitters has started another strange habit. After a little while of them seemingly chirping at their own echos, well, now he's chewing up the cuttlefish bone... And putting the chewed up dust in the feeder. Last time I thought they were nesting they had been tearing apart a rope and making a pile on a certain spot on the floor of a cage, but now, they've got a rope they can't chew through at all and this is happening. Are they nesting?

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If you think they might be, i would take the hen from the cage and put her in her own cage in a different room for a while to help calm the pair down.
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It sounds like you need to remove the watermelon shaped feeder that is big enough for them to sit in.
Anything that can be perceived by your budgies as a nesting site should not be in the cage.

Are you limiting their daylight to no more than 8 hours of light per day? That makes a huge difference and should be a part of your efforts to discourage breeding behavior.

Otherwise, as Therm indicated, you will need to separate the two into different rooms of your home until the hormones calm down.
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I agree with Therm and Deborah, and found limiting daylight hours, and keeping anything that even remotely resembles a nest or nest area out of the picture, kept my bird's from ever nesting/trying to breed...
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Yeah to be fair I honestly didn't expect them to try to nest in a watermelon shaped feeder. .-. If they sit in it their tail sticks out completely, they can barely get in but it's just enough. As far as I can tell they seem to be using seed husks to help line it.
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