On 5/24/08, Hedly Lamar wrote:
> 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
WOW.... you just scared the mess out of me!!!!!!
The reason that I'm happy is that i now know that she is a girl..
Is there any way to tell if she has broken one in her,other than
death?????? and as far as plucking, what is plucking and how is it