Egg laying Sun Conure

by Carol
(Castalian Springs, Tennessee)

Hi, I just recently became caretaker of a beautiful sun conure named Sunny. We got him 3 weeks ago and then Friday 07/18/2008 "he" layed an egg (it fell on the floor and broke). She had a very small under developed egg 2-3 days later.

I am stressed as I thought she was a he (as did her owner). she is acting different. No hissing but seems to sit with feathers ruffled and head bobbing and making a "clucking" type noise. She is eating, drinking, pooping normally. when holding her all she wants to do is lay on my stomach and make the clucking sounds and occassionally flipping of one of her wings. Do I need to take her to a vet? also what temp does the room she is in need to be?

thanks carol

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Mar 16, 2012
Egg breaking
by: Kathy

My sun conure, Sunny, is about 8 yrs old & is mating with our male, Ray. They have had about 5 clutches in the past few years. Every time Sunny finishes laying her eggs, she starts to make holes in them, one at a time. After she makes a hole in one, she removes it from the nest. This is not normal behavior. Any idea why she does this? Thank you for your help.

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Dec 10, 2010
SunConure Laying 8 Eggs
by: Conne's Mom

I have a almost 5 yr old Sun Conure and she is laying eggs for the second time in her life. The first time she ony laid 6 eggs. This time she is on her 8th egg. I've been feeding her twice a day because she acts like she is starving. I have added raisins, peanuts, sesame seeds and special K cereal to her bowl. Is there any other fruits or veggies I can add to keep her healthy? Also, she likes to sleep in a fabric hutch, but she destroyed it - again. I placed a wash cloth in her cage and she has laid 3 eggs there. WHat else can I use to make her comfortable and to help her to syop laying eggs?

One more thing, is there any way that the next time she lays eggs, I can breed her sothe eggs will hatch?


Editor's note: First, you answered a person's question with your own question. Please post your questions as new questions under Parrot Questions. Second, you are NOT feeding a healthy diet. Please read both the Switching Birds to Pellets article and the Chronic Egg Laying articles on our Parrot Training page.

Jul 24, 2008
Egg laying Sun Conure
by: The Vet

Your bird does need to see an avian veterinarian. Egg laying is common and not a health risk, unless your bird is not eating a pellet diet. It is important to feed a pellet diet to ensure your bird is getting complete and balanced nutrition. This will prevent egg binding and other complications. The best food to feed is Harrison's to make up 80% of the diet ad 20% can be treats, especially fresh foods.

Egg laying tends to cause birds to hold their droppings for an extended period of time. This will cause local yeast (and bacterial) infections in the cloaca. You should have your bird examined for these.

If she is sitting on her eggs, then do not remove them. Allow her to sit until she tires of it (usually about 30 days). This will prevent her laying more this cycle.

DO NOT pet her when she is on your chest clucking. This will only stimulate her more. Avoid stroking her back. Petting her head is OK. IF she becomes "turned on", put her in her cage or on a play gym, but do not continue to stimulate her. This is confusing to them and will cause more eggs to be lain.

The home temperature can be 65 F - 85 F. They are comfortable at 69-80. Birds over heat very quickly, but they can tolerate cold better.

Dr B

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