Amazon Laid her first egg

My 9 year old double yellow Amazon laid her first egg 2 days ago, she does not have a mate, she looks like there could be another egg there, she looks very puffy down there, how long do i wait to see if she has another to lay, will she be able to pass a second one if she didn't have a problem with the first one? I don't want her to get egg bound, how will i know? She eats Zupreem pellets and fresh fruits and vegetables everyday.

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May 04, 2011
Amazon Laid her first egg
by: Linda

Parrots lay their eggs every other day, so if she has not laid the 2nd one by now, she is eggbound. May I suggest you start feeding her an organic pellet like Harrison's
because the Zupreem is a very low quality pellet full of preservatives, pesticide/fertilizer residue, dyes and sugar. This is not a good diet for the birds and they can still become egg-bound eating it. Since they are eating various toxins, they can have problems with kidneys and liver after a few years' of eating this toxic mix. The organics have no preservatives, dyes, sugar and are certified organic which means the grain is grown without use of either pesticides or commercial fertilizers. Fruit and veggies should comprise only 10-15% of total diet which means small amounts only a few times a week.

You can find Harrisons, which is Avian Vet endorsed, on this site as well as a few others which are also very good. Since your bird is already eating pellets, it probably won't be too difficult to get her onto a higher quality pellet. Harrisons also makes a Bird Bread mix and add Sunshine Factor's organic red palm oil (found here) for the oil, 2 whole eggs and water. I bake a loaf, let it cool, cut it into segments, and freeze them. It can be kept in refrigerator for up to a week and can be frozen for up to 6 months. It is made with basic Harrisons' recipe, and tastes very good, so could help with the changeover from Zupreem to organic pellets.

If your bird has not been seen by an Avian Vet in the last year, it is time for a checkup as we recommend yearly visits to keep our birds in good health. Since they hide illness, this yearly visit can catch an infection or other physical problem before it gets the bird down.

Thanks for writing,

May 03, 2011
possible egg binding
by: Tracie

If she doesn't lay another egg today, and looks uncomfortable and like she needs to lay another egg, then get her to an avian vet right away.

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To prevent the possibility of egg binding, Dr B suggests that you switch your bird to Harrison's pellets. He has not seen a case of egg binding when a bird eats 80% Harrison's.

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