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Question:

May 3, 2021

Breeding


My budgie laid 7 eggs but she broke all the eggs she laid after breaking she laid another egg she broke that too … Can u tell me the reason why she broke the eggs


Answer:

Hi Govindan,

Some birds will do this, and once they start the habit, the usually do not stop and will not be good for breeding. The most likely causes are the bird being too young, poor nutrition, breeding too often, or a bird that is too old. It can also be because they feel threatened – if you have other birds in the cage, or too close to the cage, or the nest box isn’t installed at the right place.

You didn’t mention a male, but I am assuming she has a mate? A budgie should be 18-24 months old before you let her breed. If she is younger, she is more likely t make mistakes such as breaking the eggs. The pair should be fed a nutritionally balanced diet such as pellets or our foraging diets. A loose seed mix will not provide the nutrition they need. You should also offer dark leafy greens and chopped veggies. When they are set up to breed with a nest box, you should offer an egg food daily – cooked egg with the shell washed, crushed and cooked with the egg. The female especially needs this because it takes a lot of protein and calcium for her to produce eggs. If she ate her eggs after breaking them, then she probably is not getting enough nutrition in her diet. The nest box should be attached to the outside of the cage as high as possible. There should only be one pair of birds in the cage. They need a lot of privacy so the cage should be in a quiet place where they only see you when you have to feed them or clean the cage. They should not be able to see other birds. The nest box should be removed after each clutch, whether they hatch chicks or not. She should only be allowed to breed and lay eggs twice a year, with the nest box removed for 6 months after each clutch. If there is anything I have mentioned that you have not done, then you can try making changes and see if she does better next time.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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