Warm food transition to cold food and egg laying

by Candace
(billerica, ma, usa)

"I have an 11 year old Umbrella Cockatoo that I rescued. She bonded to me immediately. She was on a poor diet and a feather plucker. I have changed her diet to 50% fruits and veggies, 25% seed/nut mix, 25% pellets. She seems healthier, for her feathers are starting to grow back. She has also started to lay eggs. One in January, and One coming soon. I know because I have been weighing her every day. The problem lies... That she won't eat vegetables or fruits or anything (pasta or beans) unless they are warm, and she eats them from my hand. I put them in her food dish 2 x a day, and she just throws them out. I don't want her laying too many eggs, and I have done what everyone is saying, shes in bed from 8:30 pm to 7am. The only time I have with her is after work from 6pm to 8:30pm. She is with my mom all day long who she doesn't like so much, she tolerates my mom. So... what do I do? I want her to eat veggies and fruits raw. How do I get her to eat them that way? Also, want to cut back on the egg laying. 1 a year I think is ok, but 2 in 2 months? or is that because it is mating season, and it will stop in the near future for the year

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Mar 03, 2010
Bird laying eggs and not eating properly
by: Tracie

Dr B would like you to read two articles to help you. Also, you need to take your bird to see an avian vet for an exam and personal help with these issues.

I hope you will be able to get your bird to transition to 80% pellets and 20% treats soon. When you look at the dish and see that you should only give 20% of the volume of pellets, then you will see that you are giving this bird way too much extra food. Your bird could end up with egg binding if you are not careful.

Here are the two articles for you to read. The one for helping your bird to eat the proper amount of pellets is the Switching Birds to Pellets article.

For helping you understand you bird laying eggs, please read the article on Chronic Egg Laying.

We have other articles you might find interesting and helpful on our Parrot Training page.

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