Budgie hormonal issues

by Cindy V

I have a 4 and a half year old virgin female budgie who is caged by herself due to her beating the crap out of the female budgies she was caged with and after separating her she incessantly masturbates on her own with no toys or birds and she won't stop laying eggs(duds)on her food bowl especially when I cover her, and when I grab her with my hand to check on her she starts rubbing her back with my palm and sorry to say this but looks possessed when she does that because she won't react no matter what for a while even after I let her go because she starts doing that with my hand so I softly tug on her tail or pinch her toe to make her stop and react, she won't stop and it's scaring the heck outta me.

Her cere is really crusty and brown though it has been like that for 2 and a half years now. Btw I have 4 male budgies in a separate cage and when one of them get out and land on top of her cage she once again starts doing her little ''possessed masturbation act'' I don't know what to do anymore to make her stop. I googled this and it said she may be hypertrophic?

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Jan 04, 2014
an aggressive male budgie
by: Anonymous

i have a single male budgie that is showing aggression towards me when i put my hand in the cage i dont even have to touch him he doesnt seem to be wanting to come out of his cage like he used to im quite worried about him

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Jan 06, 2013
hypertrophic cere
by: The Avian Vet

She certainly has a hypertrophic cere, which just means that it is enlarged. She is hypersexual and likely has a reproductive tumor, cystic ovaries, or other hormone-producing cancer. These often can be controlled with hormone treatments. The presence of the male budges is a stimulus and is part of the cause of these excessive hormone amounts. You should have her examined by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B
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Nov 04, 2012
Budgie hormonal issues
by: Linda

As Alex said, get your bird to an avian vet immediately. This may not be what you think it is because seizure activity looks like this sometimes. In other words, this is not funny in any way, and you allowing it to go on without providing her with avian vet care is also not funny.

Take her to avian vet and explain the behaviors in detail as this may be something other than what you think it is. Birds sometimes get what is loosely called hormonal, but most times there is something else wrong. Birds breed to continue their species and there is no particular fixation with the sex act as it is only a way to keep the species going.They are not human, and as far as I know from studying various animal and bird species for many years, humans are the only species who get enamored with sex for its' own sake.

Let us know what avian vet has to say and do not wait any longer to have her checked out because this could be very serious. Hopefully, she will not require any hormones because these are very harmful for birds and are basically poison as are most other drugs. Sometimes birds do require drugs in the form of antibiotics for infections, but their bodies normally do not require things like hormones because, here again, they are not human. Make sure you go to an avian vet because a dog and cat vet will fill her full of all kinds of drugs without taking time to make a correct diagnosis. It's called "shotgun" medical care and sometimes the patient, your bird, dies because of them not having a clue as to how to proceed because of lack of training.


Nov 04, 2012
I don't believe this post
by: chaydel

OMG! No insult intended, but it is hard to read your post without laughing. However, I feel that in the past I have had a few parrots not hand feed and back then I thought that they might have been difficult, also.

Nov 04, 2012
London, UK
by: Alex

I have to say that it one of the wierdest stories I have come across.

I woul suggest an in person visit to an avian veyt who can examine and run any relevant tests on your budgie.

You say she keeps laying eggs. Are you removing the eggs when they are laid or leavving them and they are multiplying?

If you are removing them, then I woul suggest leaving them for a while iunless damaged or cracked.

If she continues to lay eggs at this rate, she may encounter a calcium deficiency, which is bad in itself, but then can lead to egg-biding, where there is not enough calcium to form a hard shell on the egg and this can often be fatal as the egg becomes stuck, and needs emergency treatment to be removed.

Again, I would suggest making an appointment with an avian vet.

There is a link on the left hand side that says "Find an Avian Vet". Click that if you do not know what your nearest one is.

Let us know how she gets on.

Best wishes for your budgie, and try not to worry too much until she has been examined, and you have some answers.


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