Ask Lafeber


August 3, 2020

Egg laying

Please discuss how to prevent egg binding and what to do to help a momma bird keeps laying eggs with no mate?
1)How can we help her?
2) Also how much room do finches need? (Gouldin finches)


Hi Sheri,

We recently hosted two webinars on hormones and pet birds, and I will provide those links below. Viewing these will help you with your single egg layer. I’m not sure if this is also a finch or a parrot? Basically if this is a bird you handle, you need to limit any petting to the head – when you pet a bird on the body, this is a hormone trigger. You should never give an adult bird a nest, box, hut or anything it can get inside of or view as a nest. Adult birds only use a nest during breeding season and a single bird does not ever need a nest. You can also try limiting the daylight hours to about 8-10 daily by covering the cage early in the evening. Also limit fresh food offerings to a couple of times a week. And you can move the cage to another spot in the room every week as well as rearranging things in the cage.

As far as how much room for finches, I recommend the largest cage you can have room for. It’s hard to give a minimum – maybe 20inX 20in X 32In cage measurements and of course the bar spacing needs to be small enough for birds. I would check websites for Gouldian breeders to get their recommendations. Since the birds do not get out of the cage, a larger cage is best.

Webinar: “Spring Is In the Air: How To Deal With Your Pet Bird’s Hormonal Behavior!”

Webinar: “Pet Birds & Hormonal Behavior: Part 2!”

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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