HOw to lessen trauma removing unfertilized eggs from conure

by Ronita P
(Detroit)

Conure Eggs

Conure Eggs

My 7 year old conure had her first batch of eggs. 4 eggs. SHe is a VERY good momma. Sits on eggs almost always, seems very happy, protective. But they are unfertilized. I know this for sure (I even checked them with a flashlight to make sure that they are transparent). It has been 4 weeks which is past the time in which FERTILIZED eggs would have hatched and she still sits. I know that I have to remove the eggs but I want to make it as little stressful as possible. Any suggestions?

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Jan 30, 2013
HOw to lessen trauma removing unfertilized eggs from conure
by: Linda

For future reference, it is very important to remove infertile eggs immediately because if bird breaks an egg open, she can die from poisoning. Unfertile eggs are just like eggs we eat which cannot be left unrefrigerated and even then have a "Use By Date" on the carton.

So, remove all the eggs as you find them infertile. If you have any kind of nestbox setup, remove it completely which can help bird to not lay any more eggs. If she is laying infertile eggs, then something is wrong if you have a pair. Possibly male is too young or diet is insufficient to allow optimum health for breeding. This brings to mind getting both birds onto a 100% high quality nutritional diet of organic pellets with Harrisons being the best in the country. There are several other kinds on this site, and Harrisons is endorsed by Avian Vets. Organic pellets are needed to keep dangerous chemicals out of your birds like preservatives, dyes, sugars, pesticide residue and so forth. Both birds will have to be checked out by an Avian Vet before you can begin to wean them from seeds or junk pellets onto organic pellets. They also need these exams before any breeding program is begun because birds with infections pass these onto their babies, and baby birds do not last long sick from the egg.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

The article is instructions on how to go about change to the pellets, and it takes time. Your birds, if found to be healthy by avian vet, will take at least a year of eating the organic pellets full time to begin to be in optimum breeding health. Actually, the pellets are to keep our birds healthy with or without breeding, and this means less avian vet visits and healthier babies if we do breed.

So, for now, take out all nest boxes, throw eggs away and hopefully she will stop laying. If not, you can buy fake eggs in your birds' size and color to put down when you remove the real eggs. Keep in mind unfertile eggs are poison once they go rancid which yours already have, so throw them away as they are found.Keep nestbox out until birds are actually healthy enough to breed which can take a year or more if fed organic pelleted diet with only the recommended veggies. You can read more about the Harrison's pellets by going to their site at http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com and reading about their products.

Linda

Jan 30, 2013
conure eggs
by: Anonymous

I have heard that you can buy the artificial eggs and just replace them. She will tire of them afterwhile and then you can put the artificial ones away.

The longer she stays with them, the less likely she is to lay again for awhile.

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