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I have a pair who are eating their eggs. I suspect the cock bird but can't confirm it's him. Eggs are laid in the nest box and later I will find them chucked outside with big munch holes in them. I have tried replacing the egg with cool mints. Next egg laid was still eaten. Today I made an clear egg filled with chilli and cayenne pepper, which I found, by evening, chucked out side the nest and eaten (I hope it gave them indigestion!) The hen is due to lay tomorrow and I plan to remove the egg if I can.

Any advice? Should I remove the cock? At least that would confirm it's him if the problem stops. Or persist with removing eggs and replacing with chilli clear eggs/cool mints?

The pair have multiple calcium sources and a good eaters of thier veges/egg food so I don't think it's anything nutritional.

Thanks guys!

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I have read before that some budgies just aren't good with breeding. If you can work out which bird it is it might be best not to breed with them anymore. You might be able to give that bird a brake and try again in a couple of months once it has matured some more.

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Often when breeding, pairs will know if eggs are fertile or infertile, and in the case of infertile eggs, they will often throw them out of the nest and eat the eggs for the calcium, which the eggs are rich in. But if they are doing this constantly maybe you should separate them for a few months, and experiment each bird with other pairs, to find the doer of this.

 

How old are they?

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