unfertilized eggs

by Theresa
(Richmond, Va.)

Is there anything I can do for my african grey that is laying unfertilized eggs? She will only get off of them to potty. I am having to hand feed her or she won't eat. How long will this go on?

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Oct 17, 2016
My grey has laid 7 eggs!
by: Laurie E

In the last month my grey has laid seven eggs. My avain vet said to leave her with an egg or a fake one as taking them away will cause her to lay more. Also stopped all seed and fruit. She is getting some cooked grains, veggies and her homemade Birdie Bread which has pellets and lots of other nutritious stuff. She lets me know when she wants out of her night cage to potty and eat then goes back to her night cage where egg is.
Vet said eight hour days but I'm doing a 6pm-7am night and DO NOT pet anywhere below the neck. If she gets too cuddly regurgitates food put her back with egg. I move her cage out where I am. She seems to want to be out with me a bit more.
Vet said leave the egg a month. Get an avain light and try five hours light same time every day. Good luck with your little lady.

May 16, 2010
unfertilized eggs
by: Linda

First thing is this is totally abnormal behavior that may be a signal bird is sick, so the first thing you need to do is take her to an Avian vet to be checked for infections both bacterial and viral. Laying birds do NOT go without food and water as they have the time to go out and eat. Take all eggs and throw away each time she lays one. You can use the fake ones Tracie mentioned, and this just MAY stop her from laying more.

If she is on an all seed diet, then she is most likely sick and in need of medical attention, so please take care of that to rule out infections or other physical problems.

The pellets Tracie mentioned are a must for these exotic wild animals called parrots, and the sooner you start the change over the better. We use the Harrisons and have for the last 17 years with fabulous results. Our birds are healthy, and feathers are bright as are their eyes.

The daylight thing is also something to look into. All parrots need full spectrum lights hung above their cages as the light from windows is NOT full spectrum and is filtered down to what MAY OR MAY NOT keep a plant alive. You can find these at Drs. Foster & Smith on the internet. You'll need extension cord, so you can plug fixture into socket, and you'll need to tape the cords down to wall to ensure bird does not get to them. Give bird a few hours a day at first with the lights on, and after breeding season is done, you can leave them on until bedtime. Put your parrot to bed at around 8-9 pm, and put cage in a quiet room without the sounds of the household, and cover cage if necessary to keep bird dark and quiet. First, have her checked out by a vet and then start her changing over to organic pellets and real full spectrum light. Do NOT get the bulbs found in Home Depot or Lowes as those are just colorized to LOOK like daylight, and they provide NO ACTUAL FULL SPECTRUM LIGHT.

As Tracie said, avoid hormones because they cause more problems than they fix and can cause cancer as well just like in women.

Keep us posted on how this goes as your information can help others. Here is link to help with the changeover from seed to pellets:
Switching Birds to Pellets article. It was written by an Avian Vet and helps you and bird make the change with as little stress as is possible.


May 14, 2010
African grey laying eggs
by: Tracie

The only thing I know of that will help, short of hormone shots that are NOT suggested, is making sure that your bird is only getting about 10 hours of light a day. This simulates winter. I hope someone corrects me if this is wrong. You may have to put the bird in a travel cage, in a dark spare room at night, in order to pull this off.

It is very important that your bird is on a healthy pellet, like Harrison's to prevent egg binding. Do not feed your bird colored or cheap pellets that have high sugar and little natural nutrition. (Adding chemical vitamins do NOT count!)

Also, you may want to purchase Solid Plastic Fake Bird Eggs to be on the safe side, in case she does lay again. If your bird eats one of her eggs she could die.

Hopefully some other helpful people will chime in with suggestions.

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