If My Sunconure becomes egg bound again what would the options be?
by Jenni Roberts
(Mundaring Western Australia)
I have a 2 year old Sunconure pair. 6 months ago the hen laid her first set of four eggs and sat well until she was disturbed. She left the eggs which were fertile.
Four weeks later she layed two eggs and then became egg bound on the third. I had her treated by a avairian vet and after a little while she recovered.
Eight weeks later she became egg bound again and was again treated by a vet. This time they treated her with hormone injections and suggested I change her diet from seed and fruit to pellets and fruit. She wont eat her pellets dry so I soak them in water and roll them in little balls with some seed. This she will eat.
3 months on and the pair have started spending a lot of time in the nest and the male is getting aggresive again. I would like to know what my options are if she becomes egg bound again. I cann't continue to watch her suffer while trying to breed and I can not continue to pay out over $200 every time she becomes egg bound.
Is sterilizing an option as they are a lovely loving pair. What would that do to there relationship ? Would it be possible to introduce another female and have two hens and one cock? I would appreciate any help and information. I love this little pair and am willing to try anything to keep them happy and healthy together.