On 5/24/08, GreyLady wrote:
> 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..