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Re: my african grey just layed an egg,

Posted by sadie girl on 5/24/08
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    On 5/24/08, Hedly Lamar wrote:
    > On 5/24/08, sadie girl wrote:
    >> On 5/24/08, GreyLady wrote:
    >>> Not to worry. There is no "set in stone" age at which they
    >>> might or might not lay. And 17 is not anywhere near a late
    >>> age. She is still a very young bird. The main thing is to
    >>> be sure her diet is good and make sure she is getting plenty
    >>> of calcium. She needs a lot to make firm shells for her
    >>> eggs. If she runs low, her body can rob it from her bones,
    >>> increaasing the risk of a broken bone and if her egg shells
    >>> are too soft, she can get egg bound since it's very difficult
    >>> to pass a soft egg. If that happens, it is life threatening
    >>> without immediate intervention so I hope you already have a
    >>> good avian vet, just in case. If her egg doesn't get
    >>> damaged, just leave it with her until she grows bored with
    >>> it. If you take it away too soon, she might keep trying to
    >>> lay to replace it, further using up her calcium reserves.
    >>> Give her a flat, open pan, lined with lots of paper towels to
    >>> keep her egg safe. But don't give her anything private or
    >>> dark like a nest box. That only increases her tendency to
    >>> lay. With good diet and plenty of calcium, she should be
    >>> just fine.
    >> thanks so much for the info. I just learned soooo much.
    >> so far she has layed 2 eggs and i did take them away
    >> but she has no mate and i didnt know what to do with them, the
    >> pan and paper towles thing is a great ideal. and i guess i
    > need
    >> to get her to a vet and get her calcium checked. again thanks
    >> for all the info it truly helped a great deal..
    > Don't take that bird anywhere and don't handle her right now.
    > You can however pet her head and such but she may lay another
    > egg or two and if you handle her incorrectly she could break one
    > inside of her. Then you won't have to worry about her laying
    > anymore eggs as she will be dead. You say that you are happy
    > your bird laid an egg? You shouldn't be. Along with the
    > problems that Greylady and I mentioned there are other concerns,
    > one being that one day she may begin to pluck. Good luck

    WOW.... you just scared the mess out of me!!!!!!
    The reason that I'm happy is that i now know that she is a girl..
    Is there any way to tell if she has broken one in her,other than
    death?????? and as far as plucking, what is plucking and how is it