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Question:

December 29, 2021

Cockatoo


Thank you for that answer unfortunately we do not have a avarian here in Jersey c islands is there any drops or something to put into her water


Answer:

Hi Danny,

I do understand. Hormone treatment is the last option anyway, because it can be very expensive and doesn’t work with all hens. I strongly urge you to make the changes I suggested. The most important one is how you interact with you. If you are petting her all over and cuddling with her, this needs to stop. Limit contact to her head and neck and find other ways to interact with her. Foraging exercises are a great way to work with your bird and keep her busy.

To make it easier, here are all of the changes that are suggested for discouraging or stopping egg laying. Again, laying eggs more than once a year is not normal and is hard on her health. She can eventually die from laying eggs too often, so do follow these changes to help keep her healthy and happy.

You need to do all of these things to discourage egg laying.  Keep in mind that to lay eggs, she needs longer daylight, warmer weather, abundant food, and a quiet, private environment. Your goal is to reverse these conditions.

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

Do not 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 frequently.

Move the cage to a different place in the room. Move the cage about once a week, or whenever she shows signs of nesting – settling on the cage floor for example.

If she is let out of the cage, do not let her get in any dark cozy places and don’t give her free roam.

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.

Here is the link to our foraging videos to give you some other ideas for her:

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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