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September 7, 2021

My budgie is not sitting on the egg


My budgie is not sitting on the eggs and she laid three eggs but one of them is looking like it had been eaten or something and she is looking tired…. I am so scared to see her like this


Answer:

Hi Ashika,

Does she have a mate? Is she at least two years old? Are you feeding a nutritionally balanced diet? If you are only feeding seed, then that isn’t enough nutrition, especially when she is laying eggs. She may have eaten her own egg – they often do this if they are not getting enough nutrition, or sometimes young birds just do this. Laying eggs is very hard for the female, and it depletes her system of calcium and protein. She probably is tired, but she should be eating and drinking normally. If she is fluffed up and her tail is pumping up and down, she may be egg bound and needs to be taken to an avian vet immediately. If she does not have a mate, then you can make some changes to discourage her from laying eggs again. If she does have a mate, she needs to be rested for at least 6 months anyway. And if she is under 2 years old, she should not be with a mate until she is 2.

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.

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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