Egg laying

by Diane
(Georgia)

Question. Yesterday I walked up on my yellow napes and he was definitely mating her and she was definitely letting him. How long does it take the female before she lays an egg after he mates her..Thanks-Diane

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May 04, 2015
Time before laying eggs
by: Tracie

I am not a breeder, but from my understanding it all depends on if the female is gavid, the time of mating is not a consideration.

When a bird is gavid, they produce an egg and that takes about 25 hours. Once the egg is laid and she is no longer gavid. This occurs about 4-6 times per laying cycle over a 7-10 day period.

If you are not a breeder, and your bird has not been examined by an avian vet and given a clean bill of health for breeding, then you should make sure you don't provide a nest box so you don't encourage egg laying. Please contact a breeder in your area for help if she does lay eggs, so you can get some in person help.

If your bird is not eating a diet with 80% quality pellets, like Harrison's or Roudybush, then your bird could become egg bound if she does become gavid.

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