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Re: my african grey just layed an egg,

Posted by sadie girl on 5/24/08
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    On 5/24/08, GreyLady wrote:
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    > Not to worry. There is no "set in stone" age at which they
    > might or might not lay. And 17 is not anywhere near a late
    > age. She is still a very young bird. The main thing is to
    > be sure her diet is good and make sure she is getting plenty
    > of calcium. She needs a lot to make firm shells for her
    > eggs. If she runs low, her body can rob it from her bones,
    > increaasing the risk of a broken bone and if her egg shells
    > are too soft, she can get egg bound since it's very difficult
    > to pass a soft egg. If that happens, it is life threatening
    > without immediate intervention so I hope you already have a
    > good avian vet, just in case. If her egg doesn't get
    > damaged, just leave it with her until she grows bored with
    > it. If you take it away too soon, she might keep trying to
    > lay to replace it, further using up her calcium reserves.
    > Give her a flat, open pan, lined with lots of paper towels to
    > keep her egg safe. But don't give her anything private or
    > dark like a nest box. That only increases her tendency to
    > lay. With good diet and plenty of calcium, she should be
    > just fine.


    thanks so much for the info. I just learned soooo much.
    so far she has layed 2 eggs and i did take them away
    but she has no mate and i didnt know what to do with them, the
    pan and paper towles thing is a great ideal. and i guess i need
    to get her to a vet and get her calcium checked. again thanks
    for all the info it truly helped a great deal..