Cockitiel baby (7 mos) peckin holes in her unfertile eggs?

This is the second time already she has laid eggs, first time I put them a nest/paper box, she never sat on them. I removed them a few days later.

Now she laid eggs again (aprox 25-30 days) and she is pecking holes in the eggs, I am guessing to remove the eggs, and get some white marbles?

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Jan 30, 2012
Cockitiel baby (7 mos) peckin holes in her unfertile eggs?
by: Linda

Yes, take out the nest box and try and stop this immediately. She will not be old enough to breed until she is between 1 and 2 years' old. She is just a baby, and babies do not know how to sit on eggs or any of the things they need to know.

You can buy the fake eggs in many online stores who carry bird supplies. They come in the different sizes for the different species of parrots. www.theeggshop.com

If she continues this behavior even after the box is gone, you'll need to have her examined by an Avian Vet in your area. Would be a great idea regardless because she may have an physical issue that needs to be looked into.

Chronic Egg Laying article written by an avian vet for you to read.

Linda

Jan 29, 2012
7 months old??
by: Anonymous

If she is 7 months old she needs to be discouraged from egg laying. Remove the nest box!! She may be sexually mature but she is NOT emotionally mature or equipped enough to lay a successful clutch. You should not allow this until she is approx 12 to 15 months old. 7 months old is like a 13 yr old girl having a baby. At 7 months old she does not know how to do this properly, resulting in leaving them or eating them. You need to get that nest box out & let her grow up properly. They're not a natural mother. They will also make mistakes when they're ready to successfully hatch chicks before they get it right.

If she is a single female you should not be allowing her to have a nest box at all. This only encourages her to lay infertile eggs, encourages unwanted hormones & can lead to chronic egg laying which can make her ill. If she is going to stay a single female you need to treat her as such & don't, not encourage egg laying.

Jan 29, 2012
I don't think marbles..
by: Anonymous

Marbles are too cold, and the wrong shape. Perhaps fake wood ones from a craft store. If she is pecking is because she knows the egg will never hatch, and she has to make holes in it in order to pick it up and throw it out of the nest.

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