How do I make my Parrotlet stop laying eggs?
I have a 4 year old Parrotlet, Booboo, that shares her cage with a 5 year old male Budgie named Tonto. They are very good friends.
About 2 months ago my Parrotlet, Booboo, started sitting on the cage floor laying eggs. She’s laid about 7 eggs so far. I’ve taken away any type of nesting materials, switched the perches around, and tried to make their day cycle shorter and night cycle longer. I’ve noticed she does not like paper towel material placed on the bottom of their cage- she will move her egg away from it. So should I cover the entire floor with it to prevent her from laying eggs on the floor? Or do I really have to separate them in different cages (something I don’t really want to do because they love being together)?
Booboo can devour a cuttle bone in the 2 days right before she lays an egg. Before she lays an egg she seems tired. In the past, I’ve removed eggs right away, but she just lays more. I didn’t remove her last egg, laid about 5 days ago in the hopes that it may stop her for a while. Please advise what I can do to help her. Should I buy a fake egg to see if she’ll sit on it? Or if I have to separate her and the male Budgie, what is the best way to transition them so I don’t stress either of them out?