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Question:

April 13, 2021

Eggs


How do you stop the conure from laying eggs?


Answer:

Hi Steve,

You can make some changes that may discourage egg laying. In some cases, you have to take the bird to an Avian Vet for a hormone shot or implant. Laying eggs once or twice a year is fine. But some birds keep laying eggs every month or more often, and this can eventually cause the female to die. You should limit her light to 8-10 hours by covering her cage early in the evening. When you handle her, limit any petting to her head – when you pet her on the body, this can be a hormone trigger. If she eats a lot of fresh foods, stop offering those for a couple of weeks, and then only offer a small amount a few times per week. Do not give her a nest, bird hut or tent, box or anything she can sit in. If she sits in a food bowl, replace it with smaller cups. Do not give her any paper or cardboard to shred. Rearrange the toys in her cage, and move her cage to a busy place in the house. Keep moving her cage to a new place in the room weekly. When she is out, don’t let her get into cozy or dark places. If she is using a corner of the cage or any place in the cage as a nesting area, hang some toys there to discourage her from nesting there. If you make these changes and she still won’t stop laying eggs, then you have to take her to an Avian Vet for a hormone shot or implant.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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