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Re: egg laying

Posted by GreyLady on 8/28/08
(10) Comments

    Connie is absolutely right and has given you great advice. I
    would just like to add one more suggestion. The problem with
    leaving the eggs on the cage floor is they are at risk of
    getting broken, especially is she has not had that very
    necessary calcium to enable her to make firm shells. If one
    gets broken or cracked, you will have to remove it due to the
    risk of growing bacteria. What I do with my girls is give them
    something to keep their eggs in that will help cushion them yet
    not encourage further laying. It can be any mostly flat, wide
    open dish, bowl, etc. The clear plastic, shoe box size storage
    boxes work great for me. Line it with a couple paper towels
    and gently lay the eggs inside. Yes, she will fuss at you but
    that gives her a better chance of not breaking one. It's
    places that are semi dark, or semi private, like nest boxes
    that can encourage further laying. So long as you don't give
    her any kind of lidded enclosure, you should be fine. And for
    sure, get her that calcium source whether it's what Connie
    suggested or a plain cuttle bone or whatever it takes. If she
    doesn't have enough calcium in her system, those shells will
    not be firm, she will have difficulty passing them and can
    become egg bound. That is a life threatening emergency, should
    it happen. It would be good if you would research egg binding
    in Cockatiels and get very familiar with the signs and
    symptoms, just to be on the safe side. Let us know if you need
    more help with her.