On 5/24/08, sadie girl wrote:
> 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
> to get her to a vet and get her calcium checked. again thanks
> for all the info it truly helped a great deal..
Don't take that bird anywhere and don't handle her right now.
You can however pet her head and such but she may lay another
egg or two and if you handle her incorrectly she could break one
inside of her. Then you won't have to worry about her laying
anymore eggs as she will be dead. You say that you are happy
your bird laid an egg? You shouldn't be. Along with the
problems that Greylady and I mentioned there are other concerns,
one being that one day she may begin to pluck. Good luck