eclectus habits

by nuala

we have an eclectus that has laid eggs (2 not fertalized) for the 3rd time in a year. when she has them she will continually squawk at me when she sees me or hears my voice. Can we stop this, or stop her from laying eggs?

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Feb 01, 2012
by: Anonymous

You should leave the eggs until she is sick of them however taking her eggs away after 5 weeks shouldn't be a problem & would not cause the squawking. It sounds like she is seeing you as her 'mate' & wants to be fed by you while she's sitting.

If she's a single female you may have to put up with this until she has stopped with this next batch. Once over this batch you need to take action to prevent her laying in the future. Less daylight hours, no nest box, material or happy huts of any kind, no patting her or beak rubbing (this encourages hormonal behaviour & egg laying), don't allow her to find any dark hiding spots in her cage or throughout the house. Buy & make foraging toys. You can google foraging toys & ideas or google parrot enrichment. They will give some excellent information & ideas how what to do. These ideas will distract her away from the need to behave hormonally & want to lay eggs. She will need to be taught & encouraged to use these things. Prevention is probably the only way you will stop her squawking during these times, other than getting her a male.

Feb 01, 2012
Eclectus laying eggs and making a lot of noise
by: Tracie

You are supposed to leave the eggs until she is not interested in them, unless they break or crack.

I err on the side of caution, and if my bird started making a lot of noise all the time, I would Find an Avian Vet to examine her to make sure there isn't something internally bothering her. She may be trying to get you to help her, and doesn't know any other way to tell you.

Other than visiting a vet, you can read our parrot training articles on our Parrot Training page and try to teach her an alternate behavior.

Feb 01, 2012
by: nuala

Thanks for all your comments. Right now I am very interested in how to stop the constant squawking. It sounds like a baby wailing. We are already feeting her the food everyone recommended. I wonder if I took the eggs away after 5 weeks if she would lay more?

Jan 31, 2012
Eclectus laying eggs
by: Tracie

You might have to limit the bird's daylight hours, to mimic winter. When we had a bird laying eggs, we would put the bird in a travel carrier in the evening and put her in a spare bedroom so she would have more hours of darkness. Birds typically don't breed in winter, so you would be attempting to get her body clock on winter time, so to speak.

Please read our Chronic Egg Laying article written by an avian vet, so you will understand how to care for your bird at this time.

Your Eclectus needs to be eating about 65-70% pellets and 30-35% fresh vegetables and other healthy treats to prevent egg binding. I know there are Eclectus breeders out there that tell you not to feed pellets, but the pellets that are bad are the cheap pellets. Harrison's pellets are safe and so are Totally Organics pellets.

Our avian vet has been practicing for over 30 years and teaches avian medicine at a university. He says that eclectus parrots on Harrison's are healthier and have less health issues than those following self proclaimed eclectus experts diets.

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