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Question:

December 7, 2020

Sun Conure laying eggs


My single sun conure layer an egg. How to stop them as I saw you mentioned it’s dangerous for them.


Answer:

Hi Nikki,

Laying eggs once is not a problem, and she will likely lay several this time with a day between each egg. But when a bird gets stuck in an egg laying cycle and keeps laying eggs regularly, this is when it starts to affect her health. There are things you can do to try to prevent hormonal triggers. Do not give her anything to shred like paper or cardboard. Do not give her anything that can resemble a nest – no bird huts, tents, boxes or large food bowls. If you see her sitting in a dish, replace it with smaller food cups. If she is spending time in one corner of the cage floor, put some hanging toys there to block the area. Limit her daylight to 8-10 hours by covering her cage early each evening. Rearrange toys in the cage and move the cage to another place in the room every couple of weeks. When you handle her, limit contact to head scratches – when you pet a bird on the body, this is something only a mate would do so it can trigger her hormones. When she is out, don’t let her get into dark places like a book shelf or under something. Don’t give her free reign to come in and out of her cage all day. Only get her out when you can handle her. If these changes do not work and she starts laying eggs again in a few weeks, then you may need to take her to an Avian vet for a hormone shot or implant.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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