Unfertilised eggs

by Bev
(United Kingdom)

Blue Crowned Conure, she loves affection

Blue Crowned Conure, she loves affection

My 11 year old blue crowned conure Polly is trying to hatch an unfertilised egg, she laid two for the first time last year and I removed them after a couple of days as she was exhausted and not eating or drinking properly, I was very watchful in case she suffered any depression, but she seemed ok.

Now a year later she laid another - I removed it the day after then she laid another, which I also removed, now she's laid a 3rd and she is exhausted and I'm not sure if I'm doing the right thing.

Should I wait until she abandons the egg? I am just worried about her not eating and drinking enough and looking exhausted although her plumage seems pristine, but her poop is dryer than normal and sometimes looser than normal. She resumes normal preening, eating and drinking after the eggs have been removed, I just feel terrible taking them.

Thank you for any urgent advice you can give, Bev

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Jan 26, 2012
Caring for birds that lay eggs
by: Tracie

I am not sure how you know she is exhausted? But if you feel her health is not good, then you need to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird to make sure she is healthy.

Your bird should be eating 80% high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush to make sure she has the proper nutrition and also to prevent egg binding.

If taking the eggs from her does not cause her to lay more eggs, then it is fine to remove them. Usually it is best to leave the eggs until she is not interested in them.

Please read our Chronic Egg Laying article that was written by an avian vet for more information on caring for birds that lay eggs.

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