Yellow headed Amazon - swollen vent

by Cindylu
(St Pete Fl)

My Yellow headed amazon has swelling around her vent and is still pooping normal and eating fairly well. But she seems to be trying to push as if to lay a egg. The swelling started 12-14 hours ago. How long does it take to lay a egg. Do you think this is what is going on I haven't had her that long and don't know her age.

She was abandoned and it is my first bird and I am freaked out. My vet says give it a couple of days and if she doesn't lay a egg to bring her in and it will have to be removed. It's not red or anything like that just swollen and she is pushing alot.

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Apr 21, 2010
Yellow headed Amazon - swollen vent
by: Linda

YES, DO AS TRACIE SUGGESTS BECAUSE THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION. BIRDS DIE FROM BEING EGG BOUND ALL THE TIME, AND I'VE LOST A COUPLE TO IT. NO BIRD NEEDS TO STRAIN THAT HARD TO LAY AN EGG UNLESS IT IS TURNED THE WRONG WAY OR MALFORMED.

ALSO, FIND ANOTHER AVIAN VET IN YOUR AREA BECAUSE FROM WHAT YOU SAID, THE OTHER ONE SHINED YOU ON BECAUSE THEY JUST DID NOT WANT TO MESS WITH IT. WHAT THAT MEANS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE IS THAT WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE WITH YOUR PRECIOUS BIRD, YOUR BIRD WILL LOSE AND IN A BIG WAY.She may already have...

So, do not delay geting her into somewhere even an emergency clinic if they have an Avian vet on staff--make sure you ask before driving over because regular vets are not licensed to diagnose or treat birds and will make everything worse.Some of them will not even look at a parrot for fear of the liability involved in treating a patient they are not licensed to treat.

Let us know what happens here, and understand the seriousness of your bird's situation as this is a life-threatening situation.

Linda

Apr 21, 2010
Amazon parrot with swollen vent
by: Tracie

Get your bird to an AVIAN VET soon. Do NOT take your bird to the vet that said to give it a couple of days!! Your bird could lay an egg every other day, it does NOT take 2 days to lay an egg. If the bird is straining and not laying the egg, it is egg bound.

Please read this article when you get home, even though your bird is not a chronic egg layer. This article, Chronic Egg Laying , will help you understand what is going on and help you do your best to prevent this from happening in the future.

Birds that are fed 80% Harrison's do not get egg bound.

I sure hope you read this in time. All the best! If you need help finding an avian vet, you can look on our Find an Avian Vet page and click on one of the links if you don't see one near you listed on that page.

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