Parakeet won't sit on egg and only laid three???

by Cassie

Hi, my female parakeet is over two years old and has layed three eggs in this clutch. The first two eggs broke but she layed the third egg in a nesting box and it survived! She layed this third egg about a week ago and hasn't layed any more eggs since then.

She goes to the egg and touches it sometimes but she WON'T sit on it! She hasn't broken this egg yet like she did to some of her others in the past. Does this mean that this egg is most likely fertile? Why won't she sit on her egg? Is it possible to only lay three eggs in a clutch? Thank you!

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Apr 12, 2018
Plzzz reply
by: Anonymous

I have two budgie. We had buy them and after two days the female gave an egg at bottom of cage and the budgie is not laying her 2 egg after 5 days also then we put nest box and kept the 1st egg on it then too she is not sitting and she is going in nest box and sits in corner plzzzzzz tell me what is that why she not sits on it and not giving another egg after 5 -6 days also . Plzzzzzz reply it

Jan 29, 2018
My budgie layed 2 eggs
by: Nikirobby

My budgie layed 1 egg when we had small cage.. when we were changing the cage .. the egg broke soon after 34 hours she layed another egg in her nest but she is not sitting on it... and now its been 48 hrs she dint not lay any egg
Plz help and tell me wat i can do ... will the 2nd egg hatch .? She is not sitting on it
Plz help

Editor's note: If there is not a male that fertilized the egg it won't hatch. If the bird doesn't sit on it, it won't hatch and it should be removed from the cage.

Jan 19, 2018
My parakeet wont sit on eggs no more. Why
by: Anonymous

My parakeet sit on her 3 eggs but now she wont sit the eggs. Anyone can tell me what is wrong

Jun 12, 2017
by: Anonymous

I have 3 budgies. I thought that 2 of them were male but in pretty sure there are 2 females instead. Just recently I found an egg at the bottom of the cage. I have never seen my birds get it on with each other so I don't know who it belongs to or if it's even fertile. I'm not an expert so I don't know what to do. The egg has a small crack in it and I put it in a little bed area on the bottom. None of the birds will go near it even when I put treats by it and I don't want to remove it because I don't want to take it away with the chances of it turning out to be fertile. So here's a list of my problems. 1. I have no clue who laid it. 2. I have never seen my birds get it on with another before ( I'm at my dad's alot). 3. Found it at the bottom of cage 4. Don't know whether it's fertile. 5. Don't know if I should remove it. 6 it's a bit cracked 7.I don't have a meeting place only a soft coverd bed in Conner of cage 8.none of the birds will go near it 9. when I tried to see if it's fertile I think there were tiny bubbles 10. If it is infertile how do I remove it without getting whoever laid it sad or whatever. And finally i have to freaking clue what I'm doing. Seriously never expected this. I'm not even a legal adultšŸ˜£ please help. My mom told me to toss it but I feel like a murderer if I do.

Editor's note: Females can lay eggs even without a mate, as you know. Cracked eggs are dangerous if the bird decides to eat it, so always toss those.

In fact, if the bird isn't sitting on the egg then toss it. It's best the eggs don't hatch anyway because you are not an experienced breeder and there are a LOT of things that can go wrong if you don't know what you are doing.

It's best if you don't have anything that encourages nesting behavior in your cage. Especially if you aren't feeding your bird 80% high quality pellets, because your bird could become egg bound and die due to not having the proper nutrition.

Apr 28, 2017
Cockatiel Birds Wont Sit on their Eggs
by: Anonymous

okay so ive had two cocktiels for about 8 years, and several years ago, they laid eggs. And just recently they started to lay more. Last time they laid eggs they sat on them but the eggs died. So now recently they laid more and I was really surprised, but now I don't want the eggs to die and my birds aren't even sitting on them. I'm pretty sure last time they were un fertile before. please help if you can, i already know about right diets and stuff, but is there a way to get my birds to sit on them? or hatch them any other way?

Feb 13, 2017
Budgie won't sit on its eggs and their fertile
by: Aharon

My budgie is not sitting on its 3 eggs and never likes to go in the nest if u have the answer can you please help me.

Editor's note: toss the eggs and make sure you are feeding high quality pellets for at least 50% of the diet so the bird doesn't become egg bound.

Mar 08, 2012
Six eggs
by: Anonymous

well my hen has 6 eggs and we got her a big wood nest. we put the eggs inside and she will not go out of there except to eat drink or stretch!!! her mate keeps popping in there randomly, is that normal? it's the first time he has done it.

Editor's note: If you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, at Parrot Questions

May 03, 2010
keets egg
by: Anonymous

mine laid five and they didn't hatch yet.

Apr 21, 2010
Bondi not sitting on eggs
by: Bondi

The birds are about 1.5years old - 1 femaile, 1 male.
The female has laid 2 eggs in the last 3 days.
We have the 2 parakeets in the cage and they have definitely been breeding regularly by frequent observations.

The female will not lay on the eggs.
We provided (2) types of nests:
1) small open round nest from Petco
2) a "hut looking" nest with large hole and roof from Petco.

We picked up the eggs and put them in the open nest.
We provided "nesting straw/cotton" from Petco in hopes the female will use this for one of the nests.

Is it ok if she does not sit on the eggs?
Are these types of nests ok to use or do we HAVE to use the typical wooden nesting boxes?

Thank you.

Mar 11, 2010
by: Anonymous

My hen laid 5 eggs and was laying on them.. Today for some reason she stopped sitting on them.
She's been out of her cage all day and she hasn't eaten either

Editor's note: If your bird is not eating, it needs to see an avian vet right away.

Aug 05, 2009
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie said, you need to learn more about breeding the birds before you get all worked up over it. First, a male is necessary to fertilize the eggs, second if hen is not sitting on eggs, she will not do so later on. Fertile eggs have to be kept a constant temperature or baby inside dies from lack of heat.

The other issue here is that it is not only okay to candle eggs and otherwise handle them, it is a must. If a hen lays eggs, and you have seen breeding between her and male beforehand, most likely she will sit on the eggs. Clutches are anywhere between 2 and 4 eggs as there are no set rules about that.

You can use a bright flashlight shining directly behind them to tell if they are fertile. A dark area will show in the bright light, and that is the baby forming.

So, to recap, learn all you can about breeding including proper cages and boxes, handfeeding if you need to has to learned as it takes time and experience to do it properly.

Hope this helps,

Aug 05, 2009
Answer to previous comment
by: Cassie

My female keet does have a male mate. We think that this egg is fertile but we don't want to touch it and candle it.

Aug 05, 2009
Parakeet layed eggs
by: Tracie

First of all, if the bird does not have a male mate, the egg will not be fertile.

Second, I would like to suggest that you offer to help another experienced breeder so that you will have more of an understanding about breeding.

I am not a breeder, so these are the only things I know to suggest.

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