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November 11, 2022

Cockatiel Laid Egg


Hello,

My pet cockatiel has laid an egg (I have one male, one female cockatiel) and she seems to be biting the egg. They alternate between moving it to the far corner of the nest, sitting on it, and she sometimes looks like she’s biting. Not sure if she’s actually biting it or that’s how she moves it. Also, the egg is slightly pink.


Answer:

Hi,

They do move the eggs regularly. The first clutch almost always fails because they are learning. However, the birds should be at least 2 years old to be breeding. If they are younger, they are still too immature and in that case, they are probably playing with the egg and will end up breaking it. If they are younger than two, see what happens with this clutch, and once they are done with the eggs, remove the nest box and don’t let them breed again until they are 2 or older. If they are over 2, then just leave them alone and let them learn. However, the egg should be white, so go ahead and touch the egg. If the egg is soft, this is not good and you need to take the hen to a Vet for emergency treatment for low calcium. If she doesn’t have enough calcium, the eggs can break inside of her, causing an infection that will likely kill her. Or she may be unable to pass a soft egg, which is very serious. She should have a cuttlebone and you can also feed her cooked eggs with the shell washed, crushed and cooked with the eggs. Another cause for an egg to look pink is when it has first been laid, or if she had trouble laying it there could be blood on it.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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