Help!!! Rainbow lorikeet laying eggs

by Kris
(Brisbane QLD Australia)

Hello!! I have a 2 year old female rainbow lorikeet.. The last few days she has been making a very strange clucking sound, to my surprise the next morning when I uncovered her there was a egg in the corner of her cage. I left it there because she was very defensive about it an wouldn't let me put my hand in her cage (very unlike her) this morning when I uncovered her there was a second egg.......she has been very very quiet which is unusual as she is rather vocal.

Is there anything I can to do stop her from laying eggs? Should I change her diet? Is there anything I need to look out for?? :( rather uneasy I'm always checking on her as I'm slightly scared something is going to happen....she doesn't have a male mate so these eggs will never hatch. Do I throw them out? Any help would be fantastic.

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Sep 28, 2018
Lorikeet female lays eggs
by: Anonymous

Exact same thing with our Lori she has been laying for years, we just let her do her thing. Sit on the eggs, don’t go near her nesting site normally after about 3 weeks she eats her own eggs, Then a month maybe 2 passes whole process starts again. It’s part of the natural behaviour of a female nesting, she makes a noisy squeak like moan when on her eggs. We just accept that’s her thing and let it be.

Aug 23, 2018
Lucy and Larry
by: Anonymous

Hi I have two lorikeets. Male and female. Lucy the female has laid a egg a few days ago. She sits on it all night but through the day she’s only on it for ten mins gets off eats and then sits back on it. I just looked in the nest to see if the egg was still there and Lucy has buried it in the wood shavings. When I went to dig to find it she tried to attack me. Lol. Is she hiding it to keep it safe and warm?

Jul 28, 2018
egg bound symptoms ??
by: dyann

how can you know if your bird (Lorikeet) is egg bound. she has laid two eggs so far. last year 3.
she croons all night in the box and during the day. is she talking to her eggs encouraging them to come out or is she trying to lay her last egg im not sure. she has no male

Jul 22, 2018
Advice needed please
by: lynn

I've got two Lorikeets, I came home today and found the nest box tipped up and an egg inside. I went to take the nest out but they went crazy so I left it on the bottom of the Avery which is roughly knee height. I put wood shavings in the box but they threw the egg out. Also I think the male is the one in the nesting box is that normal? Any suggestions appreciated.

Jun 02, 2018
Old bird
by: Adam

Hello. My Lori is 18 years old, hasn’t laid an egg for about 7 years. She just laid one! What the...

Editor's note: It happens

Apr 21, 2018
lorikeet isn’t moving
by: Anonymous

is it normal for a female lorikeets to lay an egg on the floor and not move at all? if it isn’t what should i do, she is alive but i’m getting stressed out as i feel she has hurt herself and the male is not laying next to her or around her, any advice??

Editor's note: It sounds as if she is sitting on the egg, but I'm not sure. Please contact your breeder for help.

Apr 19, 2018
My lorikeet
by: Lynne Ward

My Rainbow Lorikeet is about 6-7 years old and started laying eggs a few months ago. She’s not egg bound I had her vet checked. She sits on bottom of cage and croons. She doesn’t have a mate. How long will this behaviour last. She is eating, drinking and going to the toilet ok. She does come up to her perches to eat etc but then goes back to bottom of cage

Apr 07, 2018
First time laying eggs!
by: Anonymous

Just found out my lorikeet is a girl. Apparently she has an egg inside her. How long does it take till she lays her egg? Any advice?

Oct 04, 2017
Rainbow Lorikeets drooping eggs
by: Anonymous

our pair of rainbow lorikeets lay eggs every few months, she drops them on the floor or pushes them out of the nesting box, birds are healthy and not stressed, any idea's, def male and female as confirmed by a blood test

May 17, 2017
rainbow lorikeets
by: Anonymous

why dont you take her to da vet?

Apr 09, 2017
age out?
by: Anonymous

My Rainbow Lori is approximately 17 years old. Starting at 5, though never exposed to a male, she starting laying eggs, and lays up to 2 eggs, every few months. At what age do they stop? She eat breed specific nuggets, only get four or 5 hours of indirect sunlight a day. Cage is cleaned weekly, or more as needed, and everything changed out after I remove the egg. I use to keep it in, but the squawking was overwhelming. Even removing it she will sometimes squawk up to 10 days to 2 weeks. Any advise would be helpful. Thank you!

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Oct 29, 2016
Rainbow lorikeets
by: Anonymous

help i went to look in my rainbow lorikeets cage because i thought they had eggs and i was right they had 3 but a couple of days later when i was feeding them agian i check on the eggs and now they is only to at first i thought they ate them but i don't know can someone please help me i am only 14 and i took these birds over from my pop when he died and he didn't tell me anything

Editor's note: They probably ate them. You might search the Internet for how to care for the birds, this will be helpful.

Oct 20, 2016
by: Anonymous

My lorrikeet layed her egg and i found put that ahe broked it might have fallen from her nest. Afterwards i saw her laying doen d ground and felt weak i immediately took her and transferred to a smaller cage till she can stand again i saw her feet so weak like she had a stroke is it normal?? Please give me advise on what to do

Editor's note: I'm sorry, but it does appear she had a stroke. If your bird is not eating 80% high quality pellets, they risk injuring their health and becoming egg bound.

Oct 12, 2016
Strange lorikeet behaviour
by: Evie

My female rainbow lorikeet wants me to mate with her and it clicking constantly trying to lay eggs. She has given me hunted of eggs 10 years, how do I make this stop? Please help.

Editor's note:
Please read our Chronic Egg Laying article for information on caring for birds that lay eggs.

Our avian vet suggests that lorikeets eat nectar, both dry and wet, a few pellets (about 50%) and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. He suggests Harrison's pellets, if you can find them where you live. This ensures your bird is getting all it's nutrition and will not become egg bound.

Aug 14, 2016
by: Anonymous

our lorikeet has laid 15 eggs in the past 3 months what is happening

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Aug 07, 2016
My lori is 13 years old??
by: Haylee

Iv just found an egg in my (what i thought was a male) lorrikeets cage but im so confused! We have always thought he was male and around 13 years old. He/shes never ever laid an egg in his lifetime. Hes in an outside aviary where other lorrikeets do come down to see him or her so it may be possible to be a fertile egg if its a female. Is it true males can lay eggs?

Editor's notes: No, male birds can not lay eggs. You have a female.

Aug 01, 2016
Egg Laying Rainbow Loris
by: Judy

Relax. Your girl is okay; a solitary egg layer and she may lay 2 eggs. Leave them in with her for anything up to 3 to 4 weeks and then remove and dispose of them. (Preferably when she's not looking). If your lori has bonded with you, she will consider you her mate; her tail will raise and she'll make little chuckling noises at you. Tell her No!. She will still lay her eggs and sit on them, eating only when she needs to before she returns to her nest. Keep her water fresh, her food plentiful in the meantime. She'll do this probably twice per year. Leave her be and when the unfertilised eggs are removed, she'll return to being your buddy.

Jun 21, 2015
by: wendy

Hi my lorrie is 2years old and has started laying eggs in june has any one heard of this as I thought spring was mating time..

Jan 30, 2014
rainbow lorrikeet eating eggs help
by: Anonymous

Our rainbow Lorrikeet Eats their eggs please help with suggestions?

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Mar 06, 2012
Laying eggs
by: Anonymous

I had this problem with one of my birds all I did was removed the cuttlebone from the cage then she stopped laying eggs, before I removed it she had layed about 20 eggs during a 1 year period. You can just wait a month for her to leave the eggs alone so you can remove them. It will take time for all this stuff to work.

Jan 23, 2012
Lory laying eggs
by: Tracie

If she is not sitting on the eggs, or if the eggs are cracked or broken, then remove them.

If the bird is sitting on the eggs, you leave them until she loses interest in them. It sounds like they are on the floor of the cage, so you might need to remove any perches or toys above the eggs so she doesn't poop on them accidentally.

Please read our Chronic Egg Laying article for information on caring for birds that lay eggs.

Our avian vet suggests that lorikeets eat nectar, both dry and wet, a few pellets (about 50%) and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. He suggests Harrison's pellets, if you can find them where you live. This ensures your bird is getting all it's nutrition and will not become egg bound.

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