Parrot pregnant too long

My 36-yr. old umbrella cockatoo appears to be carrying an egg, but she had had it for 4 months now. In the past, she has laid 1 or 2 unfertilized eggs each year, but has not laid one in about 2 years. She has had "false pregnancies" several times over the last few years, where she appears to have an egg, nests, and adopts a toy as an egg, but the swelling has always disappeared in a timely fashion before.

In addition, her droppings appear larger and a lot more runny than normal the majority of the time, since she has started this latest "false pregnancy. Could it be a bacterial infection?

Thank you!

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Aug 15, 2011
Bird not pregnant
by: Tracie

Yes, it could be a bacterial infection, because birds don't get pregnant. Here is what the avian vet has to say about birds laying eggs:

"Birds do not get pregnant like mammals. They produce an egg which takes about 25 hours. The egg is laid and she is no longer "pregnant." This occurs about 4-6 times per laying cycle over a 7-10 day period. When she is (with egg) she is gavid."

So you can see that there could not be an egg in there for a long period of time, unless she is egg bound. If you are feeding her a healthy pellet diet of 80% pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush she will not ever become egg bound.

Please Find an Avian Vet for your bird right away.

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