Why does my green conure constantly lay eggs?

by Deanna
(New York)

Hi I have a green conure, about six or seven years old and it is laying eggs often. Yesterday she laid three eggs and about a month ago she laid two. After the egss are laid she sits on them; for nourishment I guess. Why does this happen? Is there a cycle? I'm sure the eggs are not fertile but what exactly are in them? This happened about a year ago as well. Also, she has not been in contact with another bird for a while so I'm really confused about how and why this happens. Please let me know!

Thanks.

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Jan 11, 2011
Don't take away eggs
by: Tracie

Dr B recently shared that it is much more dangerous to take the eggs away than the possibility of the bird getting Albumin poisoning. He suggests you boil the eggs and replace them if you are really concerned the bird may eat them.

Sep 21, 2010
Green cheek conure laying eggs
by: Tracie

This is a problem with many birds, and there are some things you can do to try to stop the bird but it may just be something you will have to live with.

Please read the article written by an avian vet on Chronic Egg Laying and make sure your bird is on a quality pellet diet, like Harrison's so that your bird does not end up egg bound and die.

If you throw away the eggs as Linda suggested, please replace them with fake eggs so that the bird does not keep laying eggs to sit on.

This is a website I know about that sells fake eggs. http://theeggshop.com

Sep 21, 2010
Why does my green conure constantly lay eggs?
by: Linda

Why she lays eggs is the same reason a human woman produces eggs once a month. A sexually mature bird will start laying a few eggs here and there with or without a mate, so the mate part is irrelevant to her behavior. It does not sound like it is a very bad problem if she is only laying a few eggs once or twice a year.

You also need to take her to an Avian Vet to make sure she is healthy, and do not allow them to give her any hormones as these are not necessary and do much more harm than good. Just make sure she is healthy, feed her a high quality organic pelleted diet with only organic fruit and veggies and NO people food. There are organic pellets here, and organic fruit and veggies in health food stores and coops across the country.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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