Odd white slug like thing in cockatiel cage?

by Amber

My cockatiel hasn't laid eggs in probably five years. But today she laid an egg. I was suspicious of it, so I wasn't too surprised. But later in the day I noticed a big mucusy white blob at the bottom of her cage. Almost like she pooped it out. (It was laying by where she usually poops).

It looks like a clear white slug thing but it isn't alive. I'm worried about what this is and if its normal. Help! There were two if them right next to each other. Could it be an egg that she laid that wasn't done being developed?

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Sep 17, 2013
Potentially soft shelled egg
by: The Avian Vet

This could be a soft shelled egg, or egg material (albumen). You should collect the material and save it in the fridge to show your veterinarian.

If your bird is not a pellet diet, then egg laying is a significant t health hazard. She can become egg bound or experience other life threatening problems.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

If she is not producing a shell, then she could have a physiological abnormality with calcium metabolism, a infection in the shell gland (uterus) or nutritional imbalances. I recommend that you have her examined by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

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