3rd clutch of eggs laid in short period of time

by Maritza Villanueva
(Dania, Fl)

My cockatiel hen has just started her 3rd clutch of eggs.
While she shares the cage with a male the first 2 times eggs were not fertile. My concern is on how to stop this before she becomes ill. I read somewhere that you should discourage anything after the 2nd time in 1 year.

She does have calcium,food and water she seems to be ok but I am worried. The first time I introduced her to a Nesting box, but she never took to it. She seems to prefer to lay the eggs in her food dish instead, and so I removed the Box. I have read that I should maybe limit time of light that she gets, so I have tried this to no avail. I don't know what else I can do to stop this. I fear she is doing this in excess. Can you suggest something please.

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May 09, 2009
I want Charlie to quit laying eggs!
by: Jill

Hi! I adopted my female cockatiel, Charlie, two Christmas Eve's ago and the whole first year she never lay any eggs. Then, this past December, she started laying. She is now on her 4th clutch of eggs since December. I took away her nesting box hoping she would not lay again but she laid an egg in my Dusky conure's cage. I thought that would not go over very good with him so the nesting box is back in her cage with 6 eggs in it now. Her mate, Handsome Rob, sits on the eggs during the day and Charlie at night. I want her to stop laying too. None of her eggs have been fertile. I adopted Charlie and Handsome Rob because they were not taken care of. Charlie is a pearl and only has one eye and Handsome is a grey, and is very, very scared of people. We still can't handle him. He puts himself away each night. Once we put Charlie away for the night he usually follows. She gets plenty of calcium in cuttlebones and crushed oyster shell but I worry that it will take a toll on her pump little body. I was told by a friend that breeds cockatiels that she will eventually stop. The first year we had her, I guess she didn't feel comfortable enough to lay. Now she is constantly on my husband's shoulder! We DO NOT want to lose her. How can I get her to stop?

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May 08, 2009
Bird laying eggs
by: Tracie

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