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May 2nd, 2009, 10:04 AM
This morning I saw what we thought was our male blue budgie all fluffed up sitting funny in the cage, I looked closer and 'he?' had his tail up in the air I looked behind 'him' and there is an EGG!! OYE! OK I am not a budgie expert.. We have had these budgies for 2 and a half years.. Both budgies have been going near the egg, I don't know who it belongs to.. The other budgie is white, and today the thingy on top of her beak looks darker, does that mean something?? Usually it is very pale, and now it looks almost red... I will post some pics, i took a bunch but they did not turn out.

What do I do?? If they are both female obviously it wont be fertile, Would it be normal for a male budgie to be tending to the egg? What was he doing if it is not his? They had a little nest but they ripped it apart, I have put some stuff in the cage today for them to use, but what do I need to give them? When I find out whose egg it is should I separate them? Do I just leave them alone seen as it probably is not going to be fertile?

I cannot believe there is an egg in the cage..... oye!

May 2nd, 2009, 02:22 PM
I know absolutely nothing about birds so hopefully someone else will come along soon to help you out ......good luck. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

May 2nd, 2009, 02:27 PM
I found some information here ....

May 2nd, 2009, 02:58 PM
We used to have budgies in saudi arabia and they had babies according to my mom though I dont remember.

My friend in the UAE has budgies and they had babies alll the time! she started off with 2 ended up with 15 at last count. They mostly just do their own thing.

I dont think theres anything to worry about? Just let them do their thing...

I know that certain birds (like lovebirds) get pretty stressed out if they want to nest and you dont let them. Resort to feather plucking and all that (had lovebirds before and the one bird plucked all its feathers out till we got it a nest).

Sometimes it is hard to tell the female/male budgie if the colour above the beaks is too pale. Can you post a pic? Maybe our more bird experienced members can help you.

May 2nd, 2009, 09:59 PM
That little section of tissue around the nostrils (the ceres) will be bluish in males, tan or pinkish in females. Females can and do lay eggs even without the presence of a male (although a mixed-gender pair will usually result in more frequent nesting :D).

Of course, if you have two fems, the egg(s) won't hatch. I think they will eventually lose interest in it if that's the case. :shrug:

May 3rd, 2009, 01:57 PM
Directly above the bird's beak are the nares (nostrils) surrounded by the cere.
During breeding season, especially in spring, the cere will be bluish or mauve on a male bird, and beige or brown on a female.
If both birds are female, then leave them sit on the egg for 2 weeks and they should either give up or you can take the egg out.
If both birds are opposite sexes, the egg could be fertile.....things can get complicated.

Most pet shops sell plastic or wood budgie breeding boxes. Budgies hate nests.
If you end up doing the box thing, post again, and I will have lots more info for you.
(Parents can end up fighting and killing off babies in certain cases)

In the meantime, make sure that the birds have a good protein rich diet, to accomodate the extra stress on their bodies by producing eggs.
Their are good vitamins such as Prime, that can be sprinkled on lettuce, carrots, etc.
I also used to boil or poach an egg and mix it up with a bit of whole wheat bread crumbs and flaked wheat germ, and serve a bit of that twice a day.
Watch out that it doesn't spoil or rot.....Good Luck.

May 3rd, 2009, 05:00 PM
Thank you so much for the tips!! I went and got a box for them last night.. I felt bad about a year ago that they always slept on perches so I went and asked and was told they like these little nests.. I was obviously wrong lol, that just ripped it apart anyway..

This egg was layed on the floor of the cage so I did not want to move it.. but I did by a box last night it is in there now, and they are not doing anything with it.

I know about the nose color thing.. we have a white bird we think is female her beak is very pale but yesturday was a dark color almost red.. the other bird is blue. and has a purplish nose.. BUT it was that the blue bird looked like it was the one laying the egg, by the way he was acting..

Anyway it does not matter now... my budgies are cannibals... they killed their egg.. they pecked a hole in the shell first.. so sad :(

We have had these birds for years... they were class pets that did not work out and came to live with us when they were babies, close to three years ago... will be 3 years in september, my DH was so thrilled! he is not so fond of them... This is the first time since we had them that there has been an egg.. but now they have a box, but I don't really want to encourage it, should I take the box out? If they lay an egg well we would care for it, but we don't want to actively try and get baby birds..

I wish you could neuter budgies...

May 3rd, 2009, 06:09 PM
If you don't want to breed them LML, I would take the nesting box out. Our female Lovebird lays eggs off and on, I know her and Joey have a little bit of hanky panky, so I just remove the eggs, I really do not want baby birds.

May 4th, 2009, 03:23 PM
I put it in cuz they had the egg, and I dont want to kill the egg, I have taken the box out now, and then an hour later there is another egg on the floor... the "male" bird is sitting on the egg, is that normal?

May 5th, 2009, 10:33 AM
I put it in cuz they had the egg, and I dont want to kill the egg, I have taken the box out now, and then an hour later there is another egg on the floor... the "male" bird is sitting on the egg, is that normal?

Our male Lovebird never sits on the eggs that Lovey lays. If the egg is not fertilized, then it just an 'egg', nothing living. Also being on the floor will not provide a warm enough environment for it to nurture....It's your call LML whether you want hatchlings or not :shrug: Have you noticed them having "hanky panky" at all?

May 5th, 2009, 04:24 PM
nope I have not seen any hanky panky lol! His nose looks purple.. and I am thinking he is a freak of nature cuz I think they are his eggs.. ok maybe I need therapy.. we have had these birds forever! why did it take so long to lay an egg for the first time?

Not like it really matters cuz they really are cannibles.. they have eaten all of the eggs so far.. there has been 3 eggs... layed by whom? I don't know but the blue bird is the one that sits on them, not the girl bird...