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Old 07-29-2020, 07:14 PM   #1
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July Surprise!

Sooo... 7/17 was Sweetpea's hatch day, she turned 1! And then... Today... I knew she had been acting different... I was feeding her and looked down... Said who put that ball in there? Twas no ball, it was an egg! Why?!
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Old 07-29-2020, 07:37 PM   #2
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There are all sorts of reasons why female birds lay eggs. Do not remove the egg or else she will lay more. There are two stickys that should help you. They are on discouraging egg-laying and what to do if your bird lays eggs. Hopefully, these help you. If you have any other questions, let us know.

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Old 07-29-2020, 08:22 PM   #3
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Thanks, I had cleaned her cage and got a new perch. I guess the new perch made her close enough to a toy that she liked. I rearranged things again, the egg was just laying on the bottom pretty randomly. She's not flying around that much either. 🤦🏻
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Oh dear, that's not the kind of surprise you want! I've never had a girl, so I don't really have any advice to add. But good luck with the laying, and happy belated hatchday to Sweetpea!
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Please read the two part sticky. It will really help you. Leave the egg alone for right now. Follow the steps in the sticky. There is no one way to stop her from laying eggs, but you can curtail her or discourage her to not lay eggs. Keep us posted!


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Happy Hatch day!
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Old 07-30-2020, 04:40 PM   #7
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She has shown zero interest in the egg since she laid it. It's her rubbing against toys... Just now she was just sitting on her new perch wiggle necking away... Ugh. Females. She is acting semi normal today.
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Rubbing against her toys is not normal behavior, it is a sign of hormonal behavior. You need to remove those toys. You need to take the necessary steps to discourage her from laying any more eggs. If she has a happy hut, sleeping tent or a coconut hut in her cage, remove them. Were you able to read the two stickies?


You need to put Sweetpea to bed two hours earlier for two weeks in a completely darkened room. She needs fourteen hours of darkness. This is very important. The stickies explains why.
Don’t feed her pellets during this time. No human snacks. Provide her with good quality seeds. Feed her healthy and nutritional food like veggies and some fruit. You can give her a few nuts. Give her chia and hemp seeds. Egg-laying depletes calcium. Does she have a cuttlebone in her cage? You can give her finely dried crushed egg shells in her food or purchase a calcium supplement.
Remember to never touch her below the neck because that stimulates hormones.
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I did read the stickies. She hasn't flown around for days either. She is rubbing against toys, swing, all of it. She has a tent but hasn't gone near it for 3 days. The flying part really concerns me. What kind of calcium?
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The tent is probably one of the reasons for her laying eggs. Remove it permanently. I know our birds love things that are soft and warm, but that doesn't mean it is good for them.

Calcium is a nutrient that all living things need for strong bones. Sweetpea uses the calcium in her body to make an egg. That is why you need to make sure to give her calcium to replace that calcium she has lost.

After you have cracked some eggs, wash the inside of the shells and put them outside, facing up, in the sunshine for 2-3 days. When they are all dried out, you can crush them up with a spoon until they are fine. And, just sprinkle some over Sweetpea's food every day. There may be faster ways of doing it, but this is what my breeder taught me how to do it. If you don't want to bother doing that, order a calcium supplement online. You can also give her some broccoli, peas, cabbage, celery, carrots, kale, and zucchini which all have calcium. Chia seeds have calcium, too. These are all high in calcium.

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