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Re: egg laying

Posted by Janet on 8/31/08
(10) Comments

    On 8/30/08, Connie wrote:
    > 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
    Connie thank you for that great idea about shredding paper.Gabby has
    now laid three eggs and is doing fine. She is so cute with them. She
    lays one every other day. I will shred some paper for her tonight
    and see if she will keep them on it. I did put some paper towel
    inside and she just pushed her eggs around it. I will try again. I
    do have a weird question, how often do they do this egg laying?
    Like every six months or once a year? Thanks to all for all the
    help. Janet