Hello there. I usually just post in the cockatiel forums. But recently. My female budgie has started laying eggs. It is her first clutch, and as I have four budgies in the same cage, I am not sure who she has mated with. That is not the problem however. The problem, is I went out and got her a nest box, so she would stop laying them on the cage floor. Well I made the mistake of touching the four she had laid. And when I went to check the nest box this morning, the four eggs she had already laid, had been smashed.
Is that normal behaviour? She is still continuing to lay them, but the previous four, had been smashed. I feel really terrible for that, but she is continuing to go inside the nest box, and stay inside it for long periods of time. Though. My cockatiel is also laying eggs, so I am curious about if.. since one bird is laying eggs, would that have stimulated the other female to lay?
Since my budgie is laying eggs. How many should she be expected to lay? And will she lay eggs to replace the ones that she had smashed inside the nest box? My female budgie has not hit one year of age yet, and I know it is dangerous for her to be laying eggs right now. I am giving her protein, and calcium.
Any advice or tips would be great. Thank you.