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Question:

July 13, 2021

cockatiel layd an egg without male


hello my cockatiel layed an egg but she didnt have an male in her cage she is always home and now she thinks she has an baby and we cant come close to heror else she will attack us but how long will this keep going because i dont really think there is an baby in the egg she layed because she never had an male with her bur now we cant come close to her


Answer:

Hi Damla,

Single female birds can lay eggs, but of course the egg will not be fertile. It’s much like the eggs you buy at the store since egg farms only have hens. She will likely lay 4-6 eggs, one every other day. Do not give her a nest or anything to sit in. Leave the eggs on the cage floor. You don’t want to encourage egg laying so you don’t want to make it comfortable for her to nest. There are changes you should make to try to keep her from laying eggs again. Some single birds can get stuck in an egg laying cycle, and it isn’t good for her to lay too many eggs. After a while, if she keeps it up, she can literally die from laying too many eggs.

There are a number of chances you can make to discourage egg laying, but you need to make all of these changes, not just one thing.

Limit her light to 8-10 hours by covering the cage early each evening

Do no give her anything to use as a nest – no bird huts or tents, no box, bowl, etc. If she decides to sit in a food bowl, remove it and replace with smaller cups.

Do not give her anything to shred such as paper or cardboard.

Rearrange the toys in the cage.

Move the cage to a different place in the room. Move the cage about once a week, or whenever she shows signs of nesting.

If she is let out of the cage, do not let her get in any dark cozy places.

When you handle her, limit any petting to her head and neck – do not pet her on the body.

If there is no metal floor grate, then do not use any bedding or paper in the cage tray – leave it bare and clean it daily.

If she continues to lay eggs anyway, then you may have to take her to an Avian Vet for a hormone implant or shot. The implant seems to be more effective and lasts longer.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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