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    Question Female breeding condition

    When a female budgie goes into breeding condition, how long does that usually last?

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    Re: Female breeding condition

    The cere turns a crusty brown color when the hen is in hormonal condition. I believe it is a few weeks. Feed plenty of cuttlebone when she is in condition. A hen can lay eggs without a mate. I call them single hens. The cuttlebone helps to make the egg shells hard so the hen can push the egg out easier. A too. soft shell will prevent the hen from being able to push out the egg and the hen will become egg bound and then will need to be taken to the vet immediately.

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    Re: Female breeding condition

    Thank you for the info. I believe her cere is changing back, which is why I wondered how long the breeding condition lasts. I have cuttlebones in the cage and ordered mineral blocks. Is there a way to make sure the birds are ingesting it?

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    Re: Female breeding condition

    You can take a cuttlebone and break off a few small pieces. Then crush them and put some of those very fine pieces mixed in with the seed. I use a small tack hammer and crush the pieces. I wrap the pieces in some paper towel and then use the hammer. You also could put the pieces in a small food chopper. You also can hang a cuttlebone in the cage, but do not use the metal holder that is usually in the box with the cuttlebone. Now, I think most cuttlebones don't have a holder anymore anyway. But years ago I had a cockatiel that cut her foot on that metal holder and I had to stop the bleeding with some white flour. If you hang the cuttlebone be sure to use just a small amount of string to tie it. I also had a cockatiel that got caught in a piece of yarn I had used to tie it in the cage. Check at your petshop. Sometimes they have the cuttlebone already chopped very fine in a container if you prefer.

    I have homed budgies for many years and never used mineral block. Usually cuttlebone is sufficient. Mineral block is used for bigger sized parrots.
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    Re: Female breeding condition

    I have to agree with Ellen in regards to the cuttlebones. I use a cuttlebone holder that is manufactured by JW products.. It's plastic and it screws to the cage and it's very easy to clean. Most importantly, it's safe for your budgie. You can by them at any local pet shop that sells birds. I provided a link from Amazon so you have an idea what I am speaking of..

    https://www.amazon.com/Pet-Company-I.../dp/B000CMKHSQ
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    Re: Female breeding condition

    Thank you for the info. We put the cuttlebones in with a clear tie wrap also called cable wrap. They hold very well and won’t hurt the birds. I will take a look at the holder you mentioned.

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