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Question:

February 20, 2022

How to prevent a single conure from laying eggs?


Hi! I was wondering what steps needed to be taken to prevent a single conure from laying eggs? Thank you ☺️


Answer:

Hi Minerva,

There are definitely things you can do to prevent egg laying or discourage her from doing it again.  If you have one that won’t stop laying eggs, and these changes don’t work, the last resort is to take her to an Avian Vet for a hormone implant or shots. It’s good to avoid this because it can get expensive, and while it is generally safe, there can be risks with any medications. But it’s better than her laying eggs all the time, so keep it in mind if these changes below don’t work.

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.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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