My Peach-faced lovebird made an egg.

Rosy-faced Lovebird flying, Agapornis roseicollis, also known as the Peach-faced Lovebird in front of white background
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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?

Julie

It sounds like an egg may have broken internally – a trip to the vet would be in order

 

Once you know she’s clear of eggs please read this

best of luck

 

mitchr

 

Hi mitch

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.

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