It's finally ready again. Thank you for waiting. Again, I apologize for the delay. I appreciate your patience. You have more than one issue going on with your birds, so we'll look at them one at a time. It's normal for parakeets to squabble. They can have cranky moods and get possessive about food and toys. I suspect that one of two things is going on with your birds. The male is probably pursuing the female relentlessly to mate with her. When she has enough, she attacks him. The other possibility is that you actually have two females, and the eggs have become an issue.Since they hurt each other, you have done the right thing by separating them. In that case, you may use separate cages on a permanent basis. Sometimes it can be a temporary arrangement - after a time, you can put the parakeets back together, and they'll be fine. Sometimes it has to be permanent.
Here a couple of links you might want to look at. The first one discusses aspects of relationships between male and female parakeets, including fighting: http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/articles/bird_courtship.html
This one is a question and answer page on parakeet relationships:
Part of the problem with the budgies fighting may be that the cage is a bit too small for two birds. Despite what the pet store told you, that cage is not optimal. For two of them, it would be better if you could provide a cage about 36 inches wide and long and 30 inches tall. That would give them room to fly, climb, and get away from each other when they want to. If you decide to try to put them together, it may help to put in three of everything - food dishes, water cups, toys, etc., and provide two swings. This site have more information on cages and furnishing cages:http://www.4animalcare.org/birds
The pet store is not a good place to get information. It is absolutely not safe to assume that pet stores provide the right conditions for reptiles. In fact, they almost never do. Pet store personnel may mean well, but they are not well-informed. The only information most of them have is what they receive from vendors who only want to sell things. Many of the problems we deal with in the pet categories here at JustAnswer are the direct result of improper care at pet stores, and people receiving incorrect information from pet store employees. If you think about it, most of these employees are fairly young, being paid minimum wage, and often only work part-time. How could they possibly be experts in the care of all the species they sell? I am concerned about the 'birdie crack.' If you'll provide me with the actual name of it, I will check to see if it's safe.
You don't need to rely on the pet store to tell you the sex of your birds. You can tell the sex of a parakeet - with the exception of a few colors - by looking at the cere, which is the fleshy area just above the beak where the nostrils are located. Males will have a blue cere. Females have brown, pink, cream, white, or tan ceres. If your bird is blue, the female may have a slight bluish tint to her cere, but it won't be a clear blue like the male. Here is a photo that shows the difference:
The egg-laying is problem all by itself. Excessive egg-laying isn't good for your bird. It can lead to life-threatening egg-binding. Sometimes it helps to let her have a nest for her eggs. She'll stop laying when she has a clutch and will set on the eggs. Many birds know after the proper incubation period that the eggs won't hatch, and will leave the nest. This is sometimes enough to break the cycle of egg-laying. That didn't work with your bird.It can also help to provide lots of toys and interesting things to do in her cage. Give her only part of her toys at a time, and change them every week. That way, they'll always seem new.
The American Cockatiel Society recommends removing some of the stimulus to mate and lay eggs. For example, limit the amount of daylight your bird is exposed to so it seems like winter, rather than breeding season. Keep her cage where she can't see or hear birds that are outdoors. Change the location of the cage frequently. You can read all of the recommendations in detail at the Society's site. They apply to parakeets, as well as cockatiels.
If your bird continues to be obsessed with wanting to mate and lay eggs, an avian vet can help you. There are hormone injections that will stop it. In the meantime, make sure she has both a cuttlebone and a mineral block.
You have a lot to sort out with your birds. I recommend that you take steps at once to try to stop the egg-laying and kept he birds apart for now. If you have more questions, or want me to check on the 'crack,' let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope this will all work out for you.
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