I think eggs
are beautiful, love their symbolism, love Easter. I love
new-hatched parrot chicks. But an egg bound parrot is something I
hate to see walk in the door, because some die.
I could write
a lot about this, but I’m going to try and keep it to some high
birds (budgies, cockatiels, conures) are more likely to get egg
birds are more likely to lay at anytime of the year.
usually start laying, as the daylight gets longer.
more eggs a bird lays, the more likely the later eggs will give the
seed diets can cause reproductive problems, including egg binding.
birds have larger clutches. Large birds (Amazons, cockatoos,
macaws) usually lay two eggs.
are laid 2 (occasionally 3) days apart.
How does an
egg bound bird look?
can be paralyzed, either its’ left leg or both legs (seldom just the
can be weak and sitting/laying on the bottom of the cage.
can look like it is having problems breathing.
you turn them over, the vent will often look enlarged and be caked
you can see a swelling in the abdomen.
may just look a little tired and fluffy!
Egg binding is
an EMERGENCY, the sooner
the bird gets to the vet, the better its chances. In the meantime
give her supplemental heat, supplemental humidity and accessible
food and water.
minimize egg binding/laying
Think of a
wild bird; they fly (exercise), eat right (change diet according to
season), are in natural light and live to mate.
Think of a
companion bird; most get limited exercise, they can only eat what is
offered, and they get sexually frustrated.
try and be the birds’ mate--minimize handling, don’t play with her
any items the bird can perceive as a nest out of the cage.
let her go in cabinets, drawers or dryers.
you notice her getting hormonal -- give the bird more ‘dark’ time.
(Birds do not go in heat like dogs do.)
birds to utilize calcium they need a full spectrum light or
basic stuff, convert your bird to a mostly pellet diet and feed
fresh vegetables (especially those rich in Calcium and vitamin A.)
Kay Duffin, DVM
Academy Pet Hospital
6000 Academy Rd NE
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