Breeding question

by Michelle

I have a proven pair of parrolets that I bought a few months ago and she started laying eggs about a week ago but my concern is she laid two within a couple days now one is gone and she hasn't laid anymore. I'm new to breeding so I guess I'm asking is she done with this clutch? She still has large droppings so that's telling me she is still gonna lay, just curious on others thoughts. Thanks

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Apr 09, 2013
One more question
by: Alameeri

Do you mean if I feed my Amazon pairs chicken eggs out of the refrigerator will be poisoning or they will not breed any more !?


Editor's note: If you take chicken eggs out of the refrigerator and leave them out to get warm for days and then eat them you will get very sick. If birds eat an egg they laid that is spoiled, it will make them very sick or possibly kill them. That is what Linda said.

Apr 08, 2013
Breeding question
by: Linda

I'm not familiar with Parrotlet breeding, and what I do know is it is very unusual for new birds to lay fertile eggs. You should be very watchful here and test each egg out to see if it is fertile. If birds eat the unfertile ones, they can die from poisoning. Infertile eggs go bad just like us leaving chicken eggs out of the refrigerator too long, and if eaten, can kill the consumer depending on how long egg has sat out.

How to "candle" eggs. Take each eggs out of nest very gently and hold it up to a bright light like a small flashlight. If you see a dark area in the egg, then it is fertile. If you see nothing inside, then it is clear or infertile. Take all infertile eggs out and dispose of them.

Hen will probably lay more eggs, so go on the internet and look for egg substitutes for your bird's species. These eggs are colored and same size as your hen's eggs, and when you remove a clear egg, replace with one of the fake ones so she does not continually lay eggs. Sometimes a clutch will be 4 eggs and sometimes it will be only two. Three is a good number, so she may be getting ready to lay the third.They lay every other day.

One word of caution here. If you did not have these new birds examined by an Avian Vet before they started breeding, do so now because infections are common in birds coming from pet shops and some breeders. The stress of being moved around and thrown together with strange birds will usually result in highly contageous infections which have to be diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet ONLY. The problem with infections in breeders is they pass this onto the babies, and babies have no immune system and succumb to infections quickly. This means they die.

If you have to, remove the nestbox and get the cage back to normal and hopefully the hen will stop laying. Go ahead and get the fake eggs though in case she does not. Other issue is you will have to know how to handfeed baby birds using baby bird handfeeding formula using a syringe in case the hen does not do a good enough job. The males can be removed from the cage once eggs are laid because they do not feed usually become extremely aggressive making it hard for you to do what you need to do with the babies. Babies have to be weighed daily with a gram scale. If even one of them does not gain weight everyday, then they all are likely to have infections and need to go to Avian Vet.

Keep us updated and thanks for writing,

Apr 08, 2013
Parrotlet egg laying question
by: Tracie

If one is gone, where did it go? The egg shell should not have disappeared even if they ate the egg, I would think. That is curious.

If the female is sitting fluffed up, has a bulging vent or is panting, then it is egg bound. (You may already know this, but I am not sure.) Egg binding is life threatening and requires a visit to your avian vet ASAP. If your birds have not been seen by an avian vet, then do that before breeding them again.

I will let Linda, an nice lady that is an experienced breeder that often answers questions here, answer with her knowledge. I have never bred birds.

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