Problematic budgies (budgies weigh the same as 2 Reese’s peanut butter cups – btw) Help!

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On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 11:24 PM UTC, Zee <> wrote:

I think my alexandrine parakeet is egg bound but I don’t know if I am sure.She has been laying eggs since 15 days now.

There are 4 eggs currently that she is tending to so maybe that is how a bottom of an egg laying parakeet looked like?

A little red but that’s it.She is active and eats healthy not at all depressed.Thankfully but I’m still worried.

I can’t inspect her as she is insistent on sitting on her eggs and not getting up at all(gets very protective if I try to pick her up) Her poops are neither that wet nor too dry.

Hello Zee

It is important is that you set her up and examine her. Hold her head between your index finger and her middle finger so she cannot bite you – Then cradle her body in the palm of your hand so you can examine her


Unless you have an expert eye only a veterinarian can determine if a bird Has an egg stock


You should remove the eggs she is laying on – all it does is encourage further brooding activities


I hope this information helps hello best of luck


some useful info


  • Abdominal straining
  • Bobbing or wagging of the tail
  • Drooping of the wings (canaries)
  • Wide stance
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lameness or leg paralysis (the egg puts pressure on the nerves going to the legs)
  • Distended abdomen
  • Droppings stuck to the vent area (the bird cannot raise her tail when passing waste)
  • Fluffed feathers
  • Weakness
  • Difficult breathing (the retained egg puts pressure on the air sacs)
  • Sitting on the floor of the cage
  • Possible prolapse of part of the reproductive tract (the inner part of the reproductive tract is pushed out so that it is visible as a pink mass protruding from the cloacal opening)
  • Occasionally sudden death

The treatment will depend on the condition of the bird, severity of the signs, where the egg is located, and the length of time the bird has been egg bound.

This condition is more serious in smaller birds (canaries and finches) who may die within a few hours if not treated.

For a bird that shows a minimum of depression, treatment may include:

  • Elevation of the humidity and increasing the environmental temperature to 85-95°F
  • Lubrication of the vent
  • Injection of calcium, and possibly vitamins A, D, and E, and selenium
  • Administration of fluids and dextrose
  • Injection of oxytocin or arginine vasotocin, or application of a prostaglandin gel. These medications cause contraction of the reproductive tract and may result in the passing of the egg. They should not be used if an obstruction is present.
  • Continued access to food and water

written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing




He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.