Egg Laying

by Jan

I just adopted a Yellow Naped Amazon that I was told was a male bird. I have had it about three weeks and it has been around my other Amazon. In the same room not cage or out together.

Last night the new bird laid an egg but it fell through the cage and broke. I'm told she will keep laying until she can nest? How long should it be before we see another egg? Since it won't be fertile should I take it from her?

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May 22, 2008
Parrot egg laying question
by: The Vet

First and foremost, you need to be sure that you are feeding a good pellet diet such as Harrison's. You should feed 80% pellets and 20% treats. This will ensure that your bird does not have complications with egg laying due to nutritional imbalances and deficiencies.

Your bird may not lay another egg. Most large birds in pet situations never lay, and the ones that do, tend to lay one egg, sometimes never another one. You should monitor her and expect an egg every other day. If she is due for one and has not lain it after 48 hours from the previous one, then you should take her in to be examined.

If she wants to sit on the eggs, then leave them in the cage (unless they are broken). If she is ignoring them, then remove them.

Dr B

Editor's note: I think he means if you notice her vent area swollen, you are expecting another egg. If she does not lay an egg with 48 hours of the last egg you need to get her to an avian vet ASAP.

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