Re: My Peach-faced lovebird made an egg.
Unfertilized, she has no mate.
Yesterday she was a tiny velociraptor defending her nest,and I’ve been watching her ‘egg bum’ for a couple of days, now.
This morning she was bouncy and happy, apparently relieved of her butt burden, but this is not over, her bum is still looking eggy.
Lovebirds usually have 5 eggs in a clutch..? I’m just concerned about egg-binding. I’ve lost birds to that and it’s just horrible. What can I do to help her through this process safely?
It sounds like an egg may have broken internally – a trip to the vet would be in order
best of luck
I don’t think she has any eggs broken inside of her, I believe she just has another egg brewing. The first egg is unbroken and perfect, and I’ve seen no indication of straining or discomfort, just another little bump near her vent that looks like she’s busy manufacturing another one.
This is her first egg experience, she’s about 3 or 4 years old (we’re not sure because she was rescued almost dead from a busy city street in 2016 and the vet said she was either small from malnutrition or just a juvenile).
Her poops are monumental, and she is still bouncy and happy, just SERIOUSLY defensive over her chosen nest space.
She really isn’t hovering too much over the one she already laid; she pushes it around a little bit, but she will attack if we get too close.
Her appetite is normal and she is still very playful and vocal.
About an hour after she had that first egg, she was hanging on the side of the cage like a monkey and banging her favorite bell against the bars, and yelling her name like she does every morning.
I called our vet and they said if she gets logey, cannot poop, or appears to be straining even a little bit that we are to bring her in, but she said it sounds like Kiki is doing fine and is progressing through her first egg-adventure normally.
She suggested since she has already started laying (even though she was put on a 10-hour day / 14-hour night schedule when she started acting romantic with my husband, and we removed anything that even vaguely resembled a cave or nest from her cage) that we make a little shallow nest-bowl area where she laid the first egg and get dummy eggs for her to sit on until she loses interest.
The vet said to put 5 or 6 dummy eggs in the nest bowl and remove any eggs she created, and she will see a “full clutch” of “eggs” and that will turn off her laying mechanism.
After 3 weeks or so of sitting on them without any hatching she should lose interest and then we can take them out.
In the meantime we are to remove any further eggs she may have and make sure she gets extra calcium and veggies and plenty of out-of-cage play time – which will also offer us the opportunity to swap eggs and clean the cage without losing a finger.
She gave me this website for dummy eggs and they arrived this afternoon. (www.dummyeggs.com).
Please do not use the dummy eggs.
Avian veterinarians get it wrong more than you would think.
That’s why every veterinarian in Chicago sends their patients to us to fix their bird’s behavioral problems.
There are anecdotal stories of how they (dummy eggs) work – or not.
All they do is perpetuate your bird’s urges to make more babies
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We need to break your birds circadian rhythm so that the chronic egg laying stops.
Using light therapy is not something that we heard about on the Internet.
It is promoted by Gregory Harrison the founder of Harrison’s bird food
The two organizations combined have convinced us beyond a shadow of a doubt that light cycle therapy is most efficient and benign treatment for chronic egg layers.
If your veterinarian proposes a series of lupron injections which is common in these cases – RUN
Light cycle therapy will fix this.
It might take a second attempt but we have shown repeatedly that we can shut down a brooding hen’s chronic using light cycles.
You also want to be vigilant in recognizing that your bird may go into a molt which will draw additional caloric resources already stretched thin by the egg production which could have negative consequences for your birds overall health.
Follow our advice and we will solve your problem
Best of luck