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Hi all! This is my first time posting here, so I hope things go well. Anyway, about my budgies. I own six tame (well mostly "tame") budgies that stays mostly indoors unless it's a nice day outside. I have five females and one male, lucky me . At first I owned two birds, Opal (F) and Storm (M) but then decided to get some more budgies (and a new cage) as I really want to have a go at breeding since Opal and Storm aren't interested. Sadly all my new birds were all girls (for a while I thought one was a boy), Tiki, Jewel, Coco and Jasper (Jasper is my fav). Months after bringing all the budgies into the same cage, I notice Storm was being... well... a love nut to all the girls (including Opal). He would follow them everywhere in and out of the cage, chirp really loud to one of the girls and try to preen them, from that knew he was ready to mate but I had to wait a few more months for a female to be old enough. when I manage to convince to my parents to get a nesting box and materials, I started pairing Storm with Opal (again), Jasper then Tiki, (mostly because they were different colours from Storm) one week at a time to see which one he likes the most. In the end he chose Tiki, which was great because Tiki is a very mean budgie and bites me a lot (hard...) and Opal and Jasper are both my special companion birds, so it's a win-win to me (yay). So with the Tiki and Storm mating, I have the nesting box, lots of seed and green stuff, sun and cuttlefish, the only thing I didn't have right was the cage . Sadly none of Tiki's egg hatched but it was her first time laying eggs. I did eventually put them back with the other birds, most of girls were chasing Storm a bit and nipping his feathers (they weren't attacking) but Tiki developed a nasty habit of attacking me when ever I put my hand in the cage (she even follows me from inside the cage). After about two months I put her back in the "breeding cage" due to her bad behaviour, I also put Storm in there due to him harassing everyone, flying out of cage when ever I open it and I was worried that Tiki would be lonely. I didn't have the nesting box in this time as it was the wrong time of year but they still mated... great. So in the end, I put the nesting box in. But this is where the problem begins. So Tiki starts laying eggs again but it's on the bottom of the cage. They keep on breaking. At first I thought due to Tiki laying on an uneven surface but when I manage to save an egg and placed it in the nesting box, it broke minutes later. I started to think it was Tiki breaking her eggs but she still sits on them (the broken eggs would stick to her and I had to use tongs to get them off due to her nippy) so I decided to watch them closely and to find out that it was Storm breaking the eggs. No, my only male, destroying eggs... why?! But I wasn't going to give up that easily. I've added some stuff in the cage like a hammock thingy and some scrap fabric both on the floor, Tiki seemed happy to lay her egg on the fabric but when she did, Storm would nudge her off the egg and peck a hole in it. The next time she laid an egg, I quickly move him out of the cage and placed him with the others, I also moved the breeding cage away from the window and put it next to the other cage so Tiki isn't lonely. I know it's not the best idea to have nesting females on their own but in this situation I kinda had to. I did bring Storm back in her cage only because Tiki stopped sitting on the eggs (which was later destroyed). After a few days I noticed Tiki sitting in her hammock (it's on the ground) and I found an egg inside. Better yet Storm hasn't found it at that point and when he did, no matter how hard he try's to move Tiki, she or her eggswon't move. I'm so proud of Tiki's new nest and surprised that you don't need a nesting box for budgies. As of today, Tiki has six eggs in her hammock and doing fine. If the eggs do hatch, the earliest it could happen is on 12.8.2017 but because it's winter here it may not happen, we'll just going to have to wait and see. I know that this isn't a question, I just thought it's okay to share this and see if I'm raising my birdies right. With my other birds Jasper gets lots of cuddles and she & Opal come out a lot to keep me company, Coco doesn't like being handled and when I do hold her, she makes this horrible noise and finally Jewel, she's a bit nippy like Tiki but less aggressive and likes being out of the cage (she try's to escape) I also own a baby cockatiel that has lots of personality Thank you for you your time
I am currently breeding a pair of green budgies and so far I have two baby budgies in the nesting box. They are around 3-4 weeks in age, and there is a lot of droppings in the nesting box. Sadly, one of the baby budgies have severely splayed legs, and tried using the sponge method. The baby budgie with the splint is occasionally slipping on the droppings and so I need to clean the nesting box. One time I tried cleaning the nesting box but then the budgie parents were terrified and they started flying all over the cage. Is there a way for me to clean the nesting box without scaring the parent budgies as much? I'd appreciate the help, Aquafroste