Sun Conure Who Gained Weight Laid An Egg 1/3 size of normal
The large egg on bottom was laid in Dec/08 the small one Jan 24/10
Hi there, I wrote about a month ago regarding my 5.5 year old Sun Conure who had gained approx 10-13g last month. She went from 107g end of November up to 120g near Christmas and then down to 115g around New Years, back to 120g a week later and then up to 124g this week.
Last night she was making some awful cackling noises and flicking her wings like she was in pain. No vets were available as the emergency clinic does not see birds. After an hour of that (I had her laying on my chest and checked her for an egg but no egg was visible) I picked her up and she popped an egg out right onto my bed. The egg was tiny!
After she laid the egg she was exhausted and panted for almost an hour and seemed to be in pain. Last December she was egg bound and I still have the egg she laid and this one is less than half the size and weight (this egg weight 3.5g, the one from December 2008 was 10g.)
This morning her weight went up to 125g so I am sure there is another egg on it's way. Her vent is quite swollen and I am pretty sure I can see the shape of the egg in her lower abdomen. She has done the cackling/crying noise a couple times today but still no egg. She is eating and drinking normally, playing and droppings are normal but she seems quite tired, doesn't seem to be trying to push it out.
She hsn't been sleeping well at night for the last few days, I keep her in my room at night and can hear her stirring about. She eats Harrison's pellets, among other things but mostly pellets.
My question is why the difference in egg sizes? She laid approx 10 eggs in 2008 before becoming egg bound and they were all the same size. Also when she was egg bound before her right leg became lame (which it isn't now) and the egg was present at the vent for 3 days before she was hospitalized to pass it.
I am also concerned about her becoming egg bound again and wondering when is a bird considered egg bound and should be seen by a vet for intervention? The last vet who treated her egg binding administered oxytocin and I don't want her to be given that again as you said it is very dangerous and my research tells me the same.
I will continue to monitor her and try to call the vet for advice tomorrow but would appreciate your insights on this matter. I have tried taking her in the shower for heat and humidity, made her a nesty spot under a folded pillow with a heating pad underneath and keeping her calm and warm. Thank you very much.