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    Hormonal cere change

    My girl Banana is getting some hyperpigmentation of the cere which I think is indicative of her reaching breeding condition. However, she does not interact with my male and I have never observed her displaying mating behaviors with him. When a bird reaches its maturity, what happens behavior-wise? Do I need to worry about her laying? She is only a little over a year old and I do not want her to starting laying because I worry about the stress it would put onto her body.

    My other girl Snowy doesnt seem to have any cere changes but I think they are nearly the same age. Do birds mature at different rates? Or should I be worrying about the root cause of Banana's cere? Is there a certain way to differentiate hormonal cere changes and hyperpigmentation for health issues?

    I have had Snowy and Banana since September 2018. I got Ghondi, my boy, in April. Ghondi is estimated to be three years old but that is only the amount of time he was at the rescue so I really have no idea how much older than that he is.

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    Re: Hormonal cere change

    I am surprised Maxollie did not reply to this. She bred budgie before and is usually really good with her advise. I know nothing about mating because we have only owned one bird at a time. Ellen should see this soon and help you out.
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    Re: Hormonal cere change

    Hi, and welcome. Could you please post some pics in your gallery. Go to home page, click on gallery, and you can post pics there. Get a tiny pic account on that website. Upload the pics there, then post them here.

    All budgie hens are unique in their hormonal issues. Some mature at a younger age, although most get into hormones at about a year old. And even when the cere turns crusty brown color, and they would then be ready to breed, the male may not be attracted to her. . Birds are like humans in that there is not an attraction for all males or females.

    Further, hens can begin laying eggs, even without a mate, when the cere turns crusty brown. Once that happens, each hormone cycle she can lay eggs

    I will watch for the pics, and then say more about the hormones.
    Last edited by maxollie; 07-24-2019 at 11:14 AM.

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    Re: Hormonal cere change

    Got to figure out how I'll get the pics cause my phone camera is broken. May take a few days but will get the picture and update soon.
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