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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May 27, 2018
Hormone treatment to stop egg laying
by: Anonymous

Anyone have experience with hormone treatment to stop egg laying in sun conure? Jackie is 5 and has laid 6 eggs so far.. just worried that it may be too stressful on her over time.. my avian vet suggested hormone treatment -

Mar 30, 2018
Laying eggs with no mate
by: Anonymous

My conure was almost 3yrs old. She died today from laying eggs. She had no mate. She started laying eggs about 2 months ago. This would be her 11th egged if she would survive. So sad, we took her to the vet about month ago cause she almost died then, but finally pushed that egg out which was her 9 i think. We r crushed she was beutiful bird so smart.

Mar 27, 2018
My 4 year old crimson bellied conure laid an egg -
by: Anonymous

For the first time. What do I do? I keep reading to take out the egg, but then I hear not to take it out. Please Help me. Thank you

Mar 24, 2018
For Blue Crowned Conure
by: Anonymous

This site is a little slow sometimes and I got this one along with another one dated 4 days ago. First off they don't always want to be petted or handled. Sometimes all they want to do is to sit on us. Basically most things about one hook bill applies to them all with a few differences in their make up depending on their species. I have a WBC that was abused and then rehomed 2 times before I got her. At first she felt that she had to show me that she wasn't going to take any crap from me. We had a battle royal her first day. When I got her out of her transport cage the swwet little girl I put in that cage was suddenly a holy terror. She ripped a chunk out of a finger and took off screaming across the floor. I chased her and got several more chunks bit out of my fingers and hands before I got her head under control. Then I sat down and gently rubbed her upper beak and top of her head while telling her in a soft and low voice no bite. After a time she did get quiet and stop trying to eat me. Then I put her in her cage and turned to open my other WBC's cage. She was out of her cage before I got the door to Chuckles cage open. She got on the corner closest to me and leaned in my direction to scream at me some more with her beak wide open, eyes pinned, and every feather standing up. I just ignored her and let Chuckles out and gave him his beak tweak and head rub. When she saw his reaction she settled down and then ran to him to check him out. They became friends then. Over the course of the next several days I would speak to her and wave when I went past the cages but didn't try to touch her. She watched Chuckles fly to me off and on when they were out and she kept trying to reach out to get on me. I slowly got my hand closer and closer to her until I was able to gently rub her beak when I waved at her. I knew that she wanted more but was afraid because of the abuse she went through with her first owner. One day I felt something tugging at my pants leg and put my hand down out of habit without looking. When I raised my hand she was on me. I said hi to her and gave her a head rub and put her on my shoulder. She still gave me the I wish I could trust you look when I passed her cage. Then when I would lay on the couch to watch TV she started coming over to me. Sometimes she wanted to be petted and other times she just wanted to sit with me. It took 18 months before she stopped drawing blood and screaming at me. She let me get her off of her cage and she was beginning to fly better as her wings molted the cut feather out and she slowly gained strength and built up her chest muscles. It took me several days to teach her that she could fly over the bed. She was 7 years old when I got her. She laid her first eggs last year at the age of 16. She stayed in her nest box and took a wooden wheel in it with her to bang around at times. She had only chewed on toys when I wasn't watching up to that time. Her eggs were infertile and she did break them but I left her with them until she decided to give up on them. That is the best thing you can do and it won't hurt her because animals don't think totally like we do. Once she stopped going in the nest box and staying I cleaned it out and then she laid another clutch. She also broke them while playing with her wooded wheel. So far there is no sign of any eggs this year. Some hens will lay every year and others won't. Some become chronic layers and will lay eggs as long as they have a nest box or anything that remotely looks like one. Just keep doing what you are doing and she will let you know what she wants in the form of attention. I have fell asleep and woke up to find Queeg under my chin sleeping and Chuckles on my shoulder cuddled against my neck. That's all they wanted to be close to me.

Mar 20, 2018
Sunny's 1st egg
by: Anonymous

My 3 yr old female laid her 1st egg yesterday. She laid it in her night time cage, in her tent, and it fell to the grate and cracked. I removed it and moved her to her daytime cage which is bigger and in the living room. Her night cage is in another room that is dark and quiet. I hope it stops.

Dec 27, 2017
Blue Crowned Conure , broken egg
by: Anonymous

I love my little boo boo, she is about 11 and I have had her for almost 2 years, she has recently laid her second batch of eggs, the first time she had 3 and sat on them for almost exactly a week before she was through, the whole time i was worried about her and her bird feelings.

Before i got her she was extremely neglected and had plucked almost every feather from her body leaving only the ones on her head, as we developed trust and love and of course better nutrition her feathers grew back, but she wont go near toys at all, anything she thinks might be a toy mean for her she wants nothing to do with, this includes colorful perches, swings, even cuttle bones or those tricky calcium paper or surfaced anything. I am not sure but i think she associates it all with being left alone.

She is left alone for a few hours here and there but her wings become quickly thinned and show her stress levels when she spends to much time alone, so i really try to and make sure that its never more than a few hours a day and since i work from home its really more like a few hours a few times a week.

I know its impossible to know what a bird is thinking and that im a little paranoid and maybe a little much when it comes to the complexity of her bird feelings but this time when she laid eggs she laid 2 one of which she seemed to favor until she accidentally cracked it. Over the last 2 days she has seemed like she is struggling between giving up and sitting in, i have found her sitting on one and nozzling the other or she will sit on both for a while then come out for attention but i cant seem to give her what she wants, i offer her food, water, maybe a treat, some loving, some beck rubbing, she will eat a little and eventually give up on me, but she seems to like it when i just sit there with her for a little bit.

Sometimes im completely ridiculous i know but m really worried that some hw its really mean for me to leave it as a reminder her baby cracked even though it wasnt a baby, or that the egg that leaked out of the egg is somehow morbid and i am some how letting her suffer and getting it. I keep talking myself into letting her tell me when she is ready for my attention because she comes out to her door and yells for me, and then i wont sit and worry and fuse in front of her cause i know she picks up on my moods and behaviors.

But seriously do you think I might want to remove it, it breaks my heart when i see her loving it and leaving it then sitting on it then loving it. Any advice on maybe how to trouble shoot this gently or am i over reacting with what i think her emotional attachments are. Complete possibility by the way.

Sorry the messy typing by the way.

Jun 07, 2017
20 yr old blue crown conure laying eggs
by: Anonymous

My blue crown conure Quackers is 20yrs old this year and I wasn't sure if I had a female or male. She started acting different and I took her to the vet because I though she was sick. The vet checked her all over and could find nothing wrong. WE even did blood work to be sure.
The next morning there was a egg in her cage. I took it out which the vet told me latter I should have left it. The next day she laid another which she is still setting on, and this is the second week. The vet said leave it till she stops setting on it and she will return to her old self. She is eating well and drinking and will come out of her cage for about 5 min. and goes right back and sits on the egg.

May 10, 2017
Sun Conure sitting on eggs (not breeding)
by: Anonymous

My Sunny made a noise similar to a "baby bird" noise and didn't get tired of her eggs. She wasn't eating and sat on her eggs all day. We started feeding her by hand and eventually she ended up getting very sick. She was diagnosed with PDD (wasting away disease) and fought a long battle but eventually passed away. Just make sure that your bird eats and gets up and moves around.

Apr 27, 2017
Noise when sitting on eggs
by: Anonymous

I have a Sun Conure that started laying eggs at age 11. She is now 15 and lays about 3-4 times a year. There is no male and she never gets 'bored' with the eggs but instead she sits on them and makes this extremely loud sqeaking/cackling sound non-stop until we go to bed. Does anyone know why she makes that sound?

Apr 26, 2017
How old do conures have to be to lay eggs?
by: Cali daddy

I have 2 and was just wondering how old they have to be to lay eggs?

Apr 20, 2017
Sitting hen
by: Anonymous

Don't do anything. Sitting on eggs doesn't hurt birds. As long as she is eating she will be fine.

Apr 08, 2017
2 moth and plus still setting on egg
by: Sunny ( she )

My Conure is 17 years old laid an egg over 2 months ago an she is still sitting on it, each and every day Eats a lot and we make sure she has lots of calcium and healthy food.She has no male partner so the egg is no fertile.She is not willing to give it up. How long after should we take the egg away?
She laid egg before but gave it up after couple of weeks This time not able to part from it.
Would appreciate any advice

Mar 16, 2017
by: Tim in Al

The weakness is caused from calcium deficiency,get some calcium from "great companion" add it to her water. If she's weak give her some with a dropper.The recovery is amazing

Jan 29, 2017
How do I....
by: Anonymous

Get my sun conure, Rainbow who is about 12, to stop laying eggs. For the longest time she was laying eggs every few months (several each time). I moved her into a smaller cage and different location. She didn't lay any eggs for a few years. I recently moved her cage to a new location (this is the only change that has been made) and she has just laid her 5 egg in about one week. She doesn't seem to pay any attention to them. She gets a little territorial. She eats and eats, I can't seem to feed her enough. Any suggestions?

Editor's note: Please visit our parrot training page that has articles on chronic egg laying... http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/parrot-training.html

Oct 04, 2016
by: Anonymous

Good day I have a 3 1/2year old sunny her name is fluffball it's the first time she has laid eggs.

After 30 days we candles them there was just yellow yolk that stayed on the top of the egg.

My question is whether there could be a problem with the male or is this normal for the first time laying?

I was very happy when I noticed that she was going to lay.but now just worried something is wrong?

Sep 22, 2016
Mamma D
by: Anonymous

Dear Mamma D
We've had our sun conure for 16 years and all of a sudden she started laying eggs. We were also quite worried but we phoned our local bird specialist and he said it is quite possible. No need to worry. If here is no male involved don't remove the egg otherwise she will keep laying eggs. This can become problematic as she loses to much calcium. Leave the egg untill she kicks the egg out.

Jun 15, 2016
17 year old conure laying an egg?
by: Anonymous


Jun 13, 2016
17 year old conure laying an egg?
by: Mama D

I have a 17 year old Sun Conure that I THOUGHT was a male. I recently rescued a Jenday that according to the prior owner is about 1 year 9 mths and I found an egg in the cage yesterday. (I have all open cages in an aviary) About a week ago, the Sun Conure started "nesting" and now is the one that is sitting on the egg. I am making sure that Sunny gets plenty of food and water and he seems to being doing well and there is only 1 egg at the moment. My question is, can a Sun Conure go 17 years without laying an egg? Any help is appreciated.

Apr 16, 2016
Weak momma
by: Anonymous

Take her to an Avian Vet for a checkup.

Apr 14, 2016
Weak from sitting on eggs
by: Tikis mom

My dearly loved Tiki has laid a clutch of 7 eggs. She takes her "momma Roll" seriously and only comes off her eggs to eat, drink, and a few quick trips on my shoulder. She has been tending to her eggs for 2 months now and seems to be a bit weak when she moves around her cage. She has only chosen to take 2 baths this whole time, and has taken 2 short flights. But I worry about her, and love her so much. Everything I have read has not said anything about if they sit past the normal times. Any helpful answers appreciated!!!

Apr 05, 2016
Egg laying Sun
by: Anonymous

Put the eggs in a shoe box or anything similar. Put a little shredded paper towel in the bottom or about a half inch of aspen shavings. let her lay in there. If she lays eggs outside the box put the egg in the box with her. Let her sit on the eggs until she abandons them. If you continue to take them away she will just keep on laying until she either dies or is too weak and requires an emergency trip to a Vet. Make sure she has access to calcium in the form of a calcium perch, calcium swing, cuttle bone, or mineral block. Making eggs takes a lot of calcium and if she isn't getting enough her body will take it from her bones. Lack of calcium can also cause egg binding which can be fatal unless you get her to a vet. A breeder that has had it happen before knows how to deal with it. If she doesn't eat one of the solid forms of calcium take her to a vet to get liquid or powder calcium for her. Make sure you follow the vets instructions to the letter because getting too much calcium can also kill here. The solid forms are best because she will only eat as much as she needs. I kept mineral blocks of some kind with my birds at all times and added other forms of calcium when I had them set up for breeding. She will sit on the eggs until mother nature tells her they aren't fertile and she will abandon them. If her cage is big enough you can give her a nest box. Most of the chain pet stores have them. only someone that doesn't know what they are talking about will tell you to throw the eggs away because they want to sound important and have you feeling gratitude towards them. Then when your bird dies they will shrug their shoulders and blame her death on something you did. I strongly suggest that you join a bird group in Face Book or Yahoo. You don't have to post if you don't want to. Just read the posts. A good bird group will be extremely helpful in any problems you might have because we have all been through it before. There are also the know it all's in those groups. They join and think that everyone else in the group joined after they did and that they are the experts. The more educated members will quickly set them straight.

Apr 02, 2016
Egg Laying birds
by: Anonymous

Jada, NORMALLY birds lay one egg every other day. She should lay one tomorrow and continue to lay until she gets a full clutch. Then the babies will hatch in the same order they were laid. You can candle them when they have been sat on 7 days. You need to mark the eggs so that you know which one to check. Handle the eggs as little as necessary and always treat them like they will break if you breath on them. Rough handling will kill the embryo. At 7 days you should see a tiny red dot with red lines coming out of it. The dot is the heart and the lines are blood vessels. Throw away any unfertile eggs. Candle again at 14 days and throw away any dead ones. If all the eggs are unfertile leave them with her until she abandons them. If you remove them she will continue laying and that can be bad for her. You should have made sure that she had access to calcium and extra protein. There are a lot of ways to give them calcium. The best is calcium perches, swings, cuttle bones, or mineral blocks. Putting calcium powder on their food or liquid in their water can be dangerous. Too much calcium is bad for them and it is real easy to give them too much this way. It should only be done when ordered by an Avian Vet and follow his/her instructions tot eh letter. For protein you can give her boiled chicken. And no it's not cannibalism. They are different species. We eat other mammals and they can eat other birds. When you boil the chicken DO NOT PUT ANY SALT IN THE WATER. You can season it with some allspice, cumin, ground red pepper, etc. if you want.

Mar 28, 2016
I have a question
by: Jada

Ok so i have two sun conures and they just laid there first egg yesterday (sunday) and today (monday) i checked to see if they laid another one but i seen nothing so my question is how long will it take for them to lay another egg

Sep 22, 2015
by: Anonymous

All of my birds have access to calcium 24/7. I give them calcium perches, cuttle bones, or mineral blocks. that way they get all the calcium they want.

Sep 21, 2015
Osteoporosis and laying eggs
by: Anonymous

My beautiful Sonny has been laying eggs for the past 6 years and little did I know I would have to put her down because of it....she was only 12 and the poor baby had osteoporosis...found out cuz she flew lightly to floor last night and all her tail feathers came out & I thought she had a dislocated wing but it was fractured and the vet said she would die during surgery so baby in bird heaven now. Vet said laying eggs too stressful, robbing her of calcium... she should have been on hormone therapy...very sad day :(

Editor's note: Feed your birds Harrison's pellets to prevent this from happening.

Sep 02, 2015
Draining the eggs
by: Anonymous

I have a sun conure that constantly is laying eggs. She never stops. I wait till about 6 weeks before taking the eggs away and check them under good light, a flash light is best and if you see is all clear means no bird. What I do with her non hatching eggs is use a bead reamer which is a long narrow pointed small tool and hold the egg carefully and very slowly push the pointed end which is like a needle in and rotate it to make sure to not crack the egg and then pass the reamer straight through the center of the egg so it comes out the other end at the same place as the beginning. Sort of like a bead is. Then I make sure the hole is just a little big enough to blow through the hole to push out the liquid. I run the egg under hot or near hot water to help push it through and you will need to really blow hard unless you want big holes on the ends. Just be careful to hold the egg carefully while doing it and keep blowing and flushing the egg with water till finally it is all cleaned out. I let the egg shit out for a couple of days to make sure it is really dry inside so as not to stink. I have about 75 of these eggs now. I did get her a mate after laying about 12 eggs and when her mate reached 1 1/2yrs old which is young to make babies, the age is suppose to be 2 yrs, he sure made them. She had 3 babies and the youngest died and the other 2 I had tested and are both boys. I kept her babies which are now 1 1/2 yrs. and the funniest thing is the 2 boys bonk all the time. I never saw this before and if they weren't DNA tested I would never of know them to both be boys. Oh well, they are having fun. Better than rubbing a stick and getting a splinter in it which I've seen happen. She has never hatched another egg since and she never gives up trying. My collection of eggs just grows and grows. The poor thing. I will get an incubator for next time she has a runt of the litter/clutch, and take care of it myself and hand feed it. Still not one hatch in 1 1/2 yrs. and my heart breaks for her for she simply never gives up. I put food in her box cause the male dominates her big time and I don't like it at all. I do clean out her nesting box every couple of weeks and put hand towels in it so it is warm and soft. I miss her sleeping with me and being on my shoulder all the time. When they have eggs, they don't want anything to do with you at all but they still love you. I hope some of this info helps you out there.

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 !!!!!

Editor's note: Please read the response to the question you just posted an answer to, or post the question where people can answer it.

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 ?

Editors note: You posted as an answer to someone else's question. In the future please post your question where people will be able to find it and answer it.

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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