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Re: I have a 10 year old cockatoo

Posted by Rick on 1/19/09
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    On 1/19/09, Diane wrote:
    > I have a 10 year old female cockatoo I just adopted and she
    > had had a couple small eggs Now I have notice below her
    > bottom the is a budge a little bigger then a golf ball what
    > do I need to do and what is it and is it normal I have NO male?

    Female Cockatoos do not need a Male present to lay eggs. Just
    won't be fertile.

    Egg Binding is a serious and often fatal condition that
    affects female birds of breeding age.

    I have never encountered an egg binding on a larger bird, only
    smaller ones. It's best you get your bird to an Avian Vet
    ASAP. If she is egg bound, her life is in Danger.

    Here are some things to watch for in Egg Binding cases:

    * Rapid or Labored Breathing: Many egg bound hens will
    look like they are having a hard time breathing. If you notice
    even slightly labored breathing in your bird, rush to your
    avian vet for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

    * Swelling: An egg bound hen may appear to have a swollen
    stomach or may show swelling around her bottom from straining
    to pass an egg. Birds with swelling on any part of their
    bodies should be seen by a medical professional as soon as

    * Constipation: If you suspect that a hen may be egg
    bound, watch her droppings. If they look abnormal, or if she
    fails to produce any at all, get her to the avian vet straight

    * Fluffed Up Feathers: One of the most common symptoms of
    illness in birds, fluffed up feathers can also be a sign that
    a bird is egg bound. If you observe your bird sitting with her
    feathers fluffed up, assess her for any other symptoms or
    abnormalities and contact your veterinarian.

    * Straining: Egg bound hens will often visibly strain to
    try and pass their eggs. Birds that strain but show no
    progress in moving their eggs should be seen by a vet.

    * Sitting in the Cage Floor: Most of the time, birds that
    are egg bound will take to sitting in the cage floor. If you
    see this happen to your bird, get her to a vet immediately.
    Eggs that are stuck inside of a hen can put immense pressure
    on the bird's spine, sometimes causing paralysis and the
    inability to perch.

    If you have observed these or any other abnormalities in your
    bird, please contact a qualified avian veterinarian. An avian
    vet will be able to properly diagnose your pet's problem, and
    get her on the road to a fast recovery.