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I've got cockatiels n budgies in the same cage n they are now breeding n have laid eggs in the past 2 days. Will they be fine in the same cage with 2 breeding boxes? I m not sure which bird is sitting on which birds eggs as they all seem to be taking turns to sit on the eggs!

Answer
-- They are different species of course so you won't have any cockabudgies or budgatiels.

The best you can do is let them be right now, but IF the eggs start hatching, unless this cage is at least 8' tall and 4' wide/deep -  you could very well have aggression and territorial issues that will result in a heartbreaking loss of life (mostly the babies)


Once this incident is over, separate the birds.  Each species to their own place - or at least remove the boxes to discourage breeding.   

 It takes a lot of investment and training to become a responsible breeder, plus vet visits before allowing the breeding; vaccinations of the entire flock against disease that adults can be symptomless carriers of and of course ongoing vet check ups.  

Good breeders have on site vet visits at least twice a year.   My birds are all rescues and forbidden to breed, but they get vet check ups every 4 months no matter what.   

You never know when there's something like yeast infections, bacterial issues,  etc..  What you don't want to do is have a problem and then try to fix it.  You want to avoid problems to begin with, right?


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Certified Avian Specialist; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council member; Own animal rescue org; National Wildlife habitat #66378; bird care, nutrition & behavior consultant; International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Associate; National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club member; published bird care, info and behavior articles and guides. Ongoing education in exotic bird behavior and nutrition I can answer behavioral, nutritional, environmental, characteristic/personality questions as well as general health and health care. No animal emergency can ever be addressed on the internet. We cannot see your animal, perform an examination, provide necessary care or medication. Please value your companion for the priceless, living creature they are; not for what you might have paid for them.

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Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

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