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Re: egg laying

Posted by Connie on 8/30/08
(10) Comments

    Hi everyone.... I just wanted to add that when my girl Zoey goes
    to chewing on her strawberry perch, I know that she's ready for
    the eggs to come soon. I take regular white computer paper and run
    it through the shredder and lay some in the bottom of the cage. I
    save the rest of it and add to it when she chews on it or uses it
    to cushion her eggs. It works for her and she loves it. Just some
    of my FYI for you all. We are all good bird mom's and we are all
    different with good ideas and we just want to help. God bless you
    all.... Connie

    On 8/28/08, Janet wrote:
    > On 8/28/08, GreyLady wrote:
    >> 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.
    > Thank you so much for all the help and I know my Gabby will be
    > fine. Janet