Female Conures and Eggs (not breeding)

I have a beautiful Sun Conure named Sammy well...just now it has come to light that is is Sammi. Sammi is between 5 and 6 and just laid her first egg this last thursday... on my bed. I had NO idea what had happened and unfortunaly when I made the bed the egg fell off and broke.

I was sitting in my chair with her last night and she was playing by the side of my leg when she got real quiet...and then started making a cooing sound that I did not recognize. Well... another egg had been laid. I have NO idea how to handle this situation. I've heard everyting from take it away immediatly to, let her sit on it until she gets bored with it.

I could use suggestions from experienced Conure owners. I'm so afraid of hurting her mentally by doing the wrong thing. Also, are there any physical issues with her I need to be worried about while she is going thru this? Vitamin deficiency or any health concerns?

I understand she may possibly lay another 3 or 4 eggs in the next couple weeks and I want to do the right thing.

Can anyone recommend a book that deals with this kind of thing? I have no interest in breeding. I just want a healthy happy bird ;o)

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Dec 12, 2009
female conures eggs
by: Anonymous

what about if you want to then have the babies?

Editor's note: You need to talk and learn from an experienced breeder before trying to breed your birds.

Aug 02, 2009
egg replacement
by: Anonymous

my vet has recomended to me to put two fake eggs in with the first egg as soon as she lays it.
Thus making her satisfied in haveing a full cluctch and tricking her into stop laying.o

Jun 14, 2009
egg laying
by: Paula

Just follow the advice in previous posts on this site. There is a lot of information there. Don't worry, put the egg in her cage, in a box if you prefer and let her sit on it. It won't hurt your relationship.

Jun 13, 2009
Question for a non breeding conure
by: Anonymous

My female conure laid an egg and i want to know what to do with it. I don't want to do anything that will hurt her mentally or physically. She and I have a very close relationship and I don't want to sever it in any way. HELP ME PLEASE !!!!!

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Apr 19, 2009
Bird laying eggs
by: Joe

Everything said below applies to all hookbills. since she is laying the eggs close to you I would advise putting them in a box inside her cage unless you want to buy a nest box. Then put her with the egg to let her know where it is. Then just wait and see what happens.


Apr 18, 2009
female conure
by: Anonymous

Just found out by accident my sun conure is a female , and my mothers sun conure is a male . We recently had a bad storm here in Florida and I put them both together in the same cage. Well , they were mating .

My mother don't want them both together any more . So , if my l'il sun conure has eggs is it okay she wont have her male partner ?

What do I do now ?

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Dec 18, 2007
Female Conures and Eggs (not breeding)
by: Lisa


I have a 10 year old female Sun Conure who has been laying eggs for about six years, sometimes multiple times a year. We give her a nest box and let her sit on the eggs for as long as she wants, which is sometimes way longer than she should. Her record is nine weeks. I can tell when she is going to lay and bring out the box when I know it's inevitable. I don't leave the box out for her the rest of the time because it would encourage her to lay more often.

You can try one of two things. 1 - Give her a nest box (bird stores carry them if there is one in your area), put her eggs that she laid in the box and see if she'll sit on them. If she won't sit on them, then don't worry about it.

2 - Since she is not really picking a nesting spot to lay the eggs, she may not be interested in sitting on them. If this is the case then you might be OK getting rid of them without causing her to keep laying. If you do this and she lays more than five eggs, then give her the nest box.

When they sit on the eggs they should come out enough to eat and poop, but will spend most of their time in the nest box. Most of them know when it's time to give up. (Ours doesn't :-)).

My Sun only lays three eggs at a time and she lays them anywhere from three to five days apart.

You also need to make sure that your bird has good sources of calcium. They use a lot of calcium to make the eggs and it needs to be replenished. Cuttle bones and mineral blocks are good if she'll use them. Mine won't, so we give her yogurt and cheese and she eats almonds which also have calcium.

Good luck.


Dec 18, 2007
Female Conures and Eggs (not breeding)
by: Joe

Shortening the amount of light per day will help prevent egg laying but won't stop it once it has started. Taking away any eggs will make her lay another one to replace it until she gets a full clutch or decides to quit. Laying more than the normal amount of eggs will add stress to her and remove more calcium from her system. A full clutch for most cage birds is 4 to 8.


Dec 17, 2007
Egg laying comments
by: loro_loco

It's been a long time since I've had a pet bird lay eggs, but this is what I remember:
Make sure she always has access to a good source of calcium made for birds. A little extra heat and moisture are also good for egg laying.
Leave the eggs in her cage (hopefully) and let her sit on them until she gives up. She may not start sitting on them until the last one is laid or she may not sit on them at all. If she does sit, it may be for several weeks. If you take them away, she will most likely just lay more to replace them.
You want to discourage that.
Shorter daylight times (natural or artificial) and keeping them in a quieter part of the house have been recommended to me in the past by vets.

Dec 17, 2007
Female Conures and Eggs (not breeding)
by: Joe

Without a male there is no chance of getting babies. Let her lay the eggs in her cage and sit on them until she abandons them. Make sure she has plenty of calcium to prevent egg binding. Other than this there is nothing you can do to stop or prevent it. Female birds lay eggs with or without a male the same way human females start ovulating when they are still a kid.

Dec 17, 2007
Sun Conure laying eggs
by: Paula

My sun conure layed two eggs recently, first time for her and she is 10 years old. I was told to shorten her daylight hours, remove any kind of nesting type of tent from her day cage (my conure has a day cage and a night cage). She was wanting me to masturbate her and although I may give her a rub or two, I don't do it very much. She hasn't layed any more so far. The vet said that she may not do it again, no way to tell.

Just be sure she gets extra calcium in her diet for a few days. Laying takes calcium from them. Good luck!

Dec 17, 2007
Idea to help Conure laying eggs
by: Tracie


I don't have direct experience, but I have read from others that you should let them lay on the eggs until they lose interest.

I am hoping that some experienced people will respond here. I have also heard that some people drain out the insides of the eggs or something, but I have no idea how they do that without breaking the eggs!

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