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Re: egg laying

Posted by Janet on 9/02/08
(10) Comments

    On 9/02/08, Connie wrote:
    > Hi Janet... When you lay shredded computer paper down, that's good.
    > Please don't use paper towels unless they're solid white. You don't
    > want any dye in your bird. Laying the eggs every other day is right on
    > time for her. She may sit on it then or wait until she has 2 or 3. But
    > she will move them around, sit on them and get very protective if
    > bothered while she's sitting on them. Cockatiels seem to lay more eggs
    > than alot of other birds, usually having about 5-8 eggs in a clutch.
    > After about 3-4 weeks, she will probably abandon her eggs because
    > instinct will tell her that they are dead. Let her abandon them and
    > let life go on. I always leave Zoey's eggs in the bottom to hopefully
    > keep her from laying anymore for awhile. When I see that strawberry
    > perch start going shorter and shorter, I know that she's putting
    > calcium into her body for eggshells for her eggs. Some people say that
    > light has alot to do with it. Having light for 12 hours a day is
    > supposedly a stimulus for her to lay eggs and that you're supposed to
    > fool her into thinking it's winter and cover her up on 3 sides during
    > the day and covering all 4 sides at night while she gets her 11-12
    > hours of sleep. I don't do that stuff. I keep that powerful calcium
    > perch and watch it. I put vitamins in her food and give her attention,
    > along with her brothers and sister (my other birds) and let her be
    > happy. Just make sure that she's healthy, that's the main thing. I do
    > know that they don't lay as many in the winter, but they do like to
    > lay! Connie
    > On 8/31/08, Janet wrote:
    >> 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
    thank you Connie,she didn't like the shredded paper either. She does
    roll the eggs around and likes to sit on them and get very cranky when I
    come near her. She is such a darling with them. She is eating her
    calcium and eat good food. She looks and act very healthy. I keep a
    close watch on her. Thank you again for all the info. You sure have
    helped me and also the Grey Lady helped to. Thanks again. Happy birds!