African Grey laying unfertilized eggs

by Laura Ruggiero
(Mississauga, ON Canada)

My African Grey has laid four unfertilized eggs about three weeks ago. How and when should I remove them from her cage? Thank you in advance.

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Apr 14, 2017
by: Anonymous

how do you if your African Gray is nesting she keeps ripping her paper up and laying flat at bottom of her cage she his 9 years old and never laid a egg yet

Mar 11, 2017
Fake egg
by: Christian

My African Grey laid an egg without being paired. I cracked the egg, and for my surprise it had a yolk. Is this possible? Thank you.

Editor's note: All eggs have a yolk, it just isn't fertilized.

Feb 25, 2017
Egg Laying
by: Anonymous

My African Grey Champ, last year laid 12 eggs, this year she has laid two eggs. I take out the eggs immediately as they are not fertilized. I also noticed when she lays the egg she wants to sit on them, which makes her inactive and she does not eat her food for hours, after I take out the egg she becomes active again and is all normal.

Hope the above helps.

Feb 13, 2017
Unfertilized egg
by: Chris

Hi I have a African Grey pair and about two months ago I hanged a nesting box on the cage and they loved it and layed only one egg and today is already 40 days and she is still laying on the egg. What shoul I do?

Editor's note: If you aren't an experienced breeder, I would remove the nest box and hopefully she won't lay any more eggs. If you are an aspiring breeder, then please contact an experienced breeder and help them or learn all you can from them.

Sep 30, 2016
Sitting on infertile eggs
by: Laurie E

My African Grey is 19 years old and I adopted her from a rescue that was very bad and taken over by another rescue. I've only had her five weeks and she has been laying an egg once a week for a month (4eggs). She is sitting on this question is how long can I leave an unfertilized egg with her. I have no fake eggs and would have to order them.

Editor's Comments: We have articles are on our Parrot Training page that will help you.

Sep 14, 2016
Does our African need a mate
by: Geri

Our African Grey is about 25-26 years old and has laid her first egg. She has never been with a male--have read the post saying its ok. Our question is should we get a male for her or is she ok and us taking the eggs out as she lays them.

Editor's note: you do not need to get the bird a mate. Only take the eggs out if she is not laying on them, or she may continue to lay eggs. Hopefully you are feeding Harrison's or a high quality pellet diet at 80% pellets so she doesn't become egg bound.

Aug 24, 2016
Keeps laying eggs
by: Anonymous

My african grey has laid 7 eggs in the last few months, im wondering if she is getting deficient in vitamins or something. Should i be worried

Editor's note: You should be feeding Harrison's High Potency to make sure she is getting the proper vitamins. You feed 80% Harrison's, so then look how little that is and feed only 20% healthy treats.

Jun 22, 2016
Egg Eating??
by: Anonymous

My grey laid 3 eggs...but now there is only 1 left this morning with no signs of the other 2 anywhere. She was sitting on them and not ignoring them so we left them in there. Is she eating them??? And WHY!?!?

Jun 10, 2016
African Blood Test stated Male
by: Anonymous

I have an African Grey, that had a blood test stating that he was male separate testing from where I bought him. (15 Years old) well it must have a bad test, because he/she laid two eggs this week. I feed her good food, Harrison's, so everything I'm reading she should be fine. Just a little surprised, but my question only females lay eggs correct?

Admin: Yes! :-)

May 28, 2016
Egg laying
by: Lynne

My African grey laid an egg on Thursday . Nothing since . No straining . No sitting on the egg after first day . Is it safe to remove this egg and hope for no more

Editor's note: if the bird is not sitting on the egg, you can remove it.

May 26, 2016
Egg laying
by: Lynne

My African grey is 26years old and has laid her first egg today . She's not been mated . We always thought she was a he . Will she lay anymore and will she be ok

Editor's note: She may lay more, and she will be fine if she doesn't get egg bound. If she sits still and seems to strain for a long time, get her to an avian vet quick! If you feed Harrison's pellets for 80% of the diet, you have nothing to worry about.

May 20, 2016
3 eggs in a month
by: Anonymous

My Grey has laid 3 eggs in a month. She lays eggs about every 2 weeks. Is this normal? There are no other birds IN my house but I live in aural area and leave my back door near her open in the daytime. She hears all kinds of birds out side.

May 08, 2016
African Grey lays egg after
by: Geri

My African grey is 22 years old and has laid her first egg, we believed she was a he! What do we do with the unfertilised egg?

Editor's note: Allow the bird to sit on it if it wants, otherwise toss it.

Apr 06, 2016
African Grey Boy/Girl
by: Anonymous

I got my "male" African Grey (Smitty) 16 years ago from a breeder. This morning I opened the cage to feed him/her and she had laid an egg!! All these years we thought she was a he...

Jan 22, 2016
african grey
by: joe

my grey is 30 years old and just layed her fist egg to weeks ago today she layed one more 30 years is a long time for her fist time.

Dec 08, 2015
Omg an egg???
by: Adele

My African grey is 9 years old and his birth certificate says he's male. But he's laid an egg!!! It was in the bottom of the cage in tact.

Aug 10, 2015
My African grey is 5 years. Will she lay an egg soon?
by: Anonymous

My African grey is turning 5 next week . Will she lay an egg ? I am relay scared now. She has been picking feathers very badly what should I do?

Editor's note: Please read the articles about feather damaging behavior at this Parrot Training page link.

Apr 14, 2015
unfertilized or fertile
by: Ann

Can an African Grey lay a fertile egg if she's never been with a male.

Editor's note: Yes, birds that do not have companions still lay eggs, this is why you need to be feeding your bird high quality pellets, so they don't become egg bound. (Articles are on our Parrot Training page )

In the future if you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, on our Parrot Questions page.

Apr 29, 2014
african grey
by: Anonymous

my grey wants to stay on her egg. how much time will this last

Editor's note: Until she gets tired of it. It is best to have fake eggs for her to sit on, because if the egg cracks, and she eats it, she could get sick.

Jan 26, 2014
My African Grey Parrot at 24 still lays eggs!
by: David

To who ever could help me here. What needs t be done when a parrot lays an egg? Well in 2 days I now have a parrot with 2 eggs! So when do I remove these eggs from her cage? What can I do for her health and well being at this time?

Editor's note: In the future if you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, on our Parrot Questions page.

Feb 01, 2011
African Grey laying unfertilized eggs
by: Linda

When you say cage, if you mean in the bottom of the cage with all the poop, then they should have already been removed and thrown away. The outside of eggs can become infected with Salmonella if laid in the bottom of cage and in contact with feces, and Salmonella is a Bad Boy as far as infections are concerned and needs immediate emergency care for any chance of survival.

If your Grey is sitting on the eggs, then I suggest you get a few(up to 4) fake eggs which are washable and replace the ones she is sitting on with them. Do a search on the net for simulated or plastic African Grey eggs or call your local pet stores and see if they, perchance may have some in stock. They have to be the same size as hers.

The reason I mention the fake eggs is that she may lay more infertile eggs, and then you can replace them with the fake ones, and she may not notice the difference if they are the same size. That way, you can wash them when they become dirty and put them back in. She will sit on them as if she is hatching them and won't lay more eggs. Even if she is not sitting all the time, she'll see the eggs and not be moved to lay more. Parrots usually lay no more than 4 each one being laid every other day.

Thanks for writing, and let us know how everything goes.


Feb 01, 2011
Bird laying eggs
by: Tracie

Even if your bird has never laid eggs before, our Chronic Egg Laying article will have the best information for you.

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