egg laying

by Kelly

My eclectus is laying eggs. She is an only bird. I have increased calcium in her diet. She has laid 5 eggs in the past 6 weeks. What should I do?

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Aug 25, 2011
5 eggs
by: Anonymous

Five eggs to lay is a lot. She should not lay more than 2 or 3. Are you removing these eggs? You need to leave the eggs for her to sit on for the duration of incubating. when she realizes they won't hatch she will leave them & carry on as normal. Removing the eggs will cause her to continue to lay to replace the eggs that are missing. If you're not removing them it is unusual she's laid 5 eggs, but it has happened before.

Well cooked egg, shell, chicken bone, meat, fish all natural with nothing added to them are excellent sources of calcium & protein (she needs both). Please google dietary information for eclectus parrots. My avian vet does not advise high potency pellets. My eclectus parrot toe taps on them so please seek your own avian vets advice & follow it. They are all different in their opinions & it doesn't mean one is wrong & one is right.

Aug 25, 2011
Bird laying eggs
by: Tracie

First, read our Chronic Egg Laying article written by an avian vet that teaches at a university.

Adding calcium is dangerous. The best way to make sure your bird doesn't have egg binding problems and is getting a complete diet is to feed your bird Harrison's or Roudybush pellets. The avian vet says that he has NEVER seen egg binding in a bird that eats 80% Harrison's in the 30 years he has been practicing.

If the bird is sitting on the eggs, then let her sit. If she isn't sitting on them, the remove them. If she has a "nesting" area, remove that area as soon as she quits sitting on the eggs so she will not be encouraged to "nest" there.

Some people reduce the amount of daytime light, to simulate winter, and this helps the bird to quit laying eggs. You might have to move the bird to a travel cage in a dark room every evening to do this.

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