Sun Conure throwing eggs out of the nesting box

by Nereida

I have a pair of Sun Conure at 3 years old, this is the second time the female has laid eggs. The first clutch was infertile and the second clutch, she just simply threw them out of the nesting box to the bottom of the cage. Is there something wrong?

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Nov 02, 2012
Sun Conure throwing eggs out of the nesting box
by: Linda

There could be multiple reasons for this behavior. First reason is eggs are infertile. Second is hen does not know what to do with the eggs because breeders who take the babies too early for handfeeding like when they hatch causes babies to imprint on human instead of mother bird. This means birds will not know anything about the breeding, raising process making them useless for breeding.

The other reasons for this can be anything from incorrect size nestbox to poor health from a poor diet. All birds need to be eating a high quality organic pellted diet at least a year before they will be in breeding condition. This means an all seed diet can cause one or both parents to be unhealthy because all seed diets are slow starvation for birds. Birds eating poor diets will not be in good enough physical condition to breed, lay and sit plus feeding babies when they hatch.

We recommend both parents always be examined by an Avian Vet before breeding. We also recommend Harrisons organic high quality pellets be fed at least a year before attempting breeding again. If birds have latent infections, these can cause physical debilitation meaning they won't breed or if they do, they will not tend the eggs.

Take both birds to avian vet in your driving area to be checked for infections both viral and bacterial. Once they are either cleared or treated for infections, start them on a healthy diet of Harrisons pellets found here. Make sure nestbox is hanging on outside of cage with only the hole and perch inside cage. You have to be able to candle eggs and weigh babies everyday once babies have hatched. A day without weight gain means all of them have infections and they die very soon without diagnosis and treatment. Another reason for having parents checked out before breeding. Hopefully you also know how to feed using baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe. If you do not, then you have to learn how by working with a breeder because handfeeding is a learned skill and may be required with any babies you have.

Here is link about how to go about changing from seeds to pellets written by avian vet:

Switching Birds To Pellets article


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