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Old 05-21-2020, 01:49 PM   #1
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Very early this morning I heard what sounded like an angry chicken squawking. And that squawk was brought to us by Egg #3.

Why is she laying eggs now? Will it stop?
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:26 PM   #2
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It’s because the days are becoming longer and the amount of light that a bird is exposed to plays a role in egg laying. You didn’t mention how long you have been covering the cage at night, but it may not be enough. I have read that to break the cycle of egg laying you need to cover Daisy's cage up for 16 hours a day for 2 weeks. And it needs to be total blackness. So you have to make the room as dark as possible. Sixteen hours may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. For example, my bird sleeps 14 -15 hours each night. She likes the extra sleep and I have noticed that she is not as grouchy ever since I’ve been letting her sleep longer.

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I put her cage in a dark and very quiet room in the house and she normally gets 12 hrs sleep. However, since Egg #1 I've increased that time to 13 hours, but that might not even be enough! I was told that when females are getting plenty of food as well as treats, their little bodies think that they are living in a place where it's safe to start a family because it's a land-o-plenty and so their hormones decide to start the internal egg factory. And I need to change up what I use on the bottom of her cage too, I guess. What would be best?
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I have been watching various Webinars and a few months ago, I saw one about how to stop or slow down a single female bird from laying eggs. First, from what I remember, the vet said that it is hormonal. Then, the vet talked about why the bird gets hormonal and if the bird is healthy and hormonal. A healthy female bird who becomes hormonal and lays eggs has a few reasons for doing so.


The first thing the vet said was Diet. Then add humidity levels. Then add physical contact. I wish I had payed more attention to the program. I just remember that diet, etc was mentioned . There are foods that the bird eats that helps make the bird get hormonal. Restricting the bird's food will not be beneficial, but what the bird eats makes a difference. The humidity levels played a part and how much physical contact the bird has with the human, like tickling, hugging, etc.


People called in with questions and the vet was all over the place with answers. I hate that. I like to listen to lectures where the information is in an order.


I am going to look and see if I can determine which webinar I saw. I recorded some of them, but I think I didn't record this one. I will check.
I will let you know....sorry.


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Old 05-22-2020, 12:38 AM   #5
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I put her cage in a dark and very quiet room in the house and she normally gets 12 hrs sleep. However, since Egg #1 I've increased that time to 13 hours, but that might not even be enough! I was told that when females are getting plenty of food as well as treats, their little bodies think that they are living in a place where it's safe to start a family because it's a land-o-plenty and so their hormones decide to start the internal egg factory. And I need to change up what I use on the bottom of her cage too, I guess. What would be best?
What kind of cage do you have? Do you have to put something down where she can reach it? The only thing I can think of is maybe using cardboard. It has to be something that she canít use for nesting.


You mentioned getting fake eggs. I checked them out on Amazon. They're a bit pricey.



The description for them gives some good information.




https://www.amazon.com/Dummy-huevos-...0116384&sr=8-1



I read the reviews. One person said that before they received the fake eggs, they used polished stones and her budgie couldn't tell the difference even though they didnít look like real eggs. I wonder if parrotlets would fall for that?
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Another source is Dummy Eggs at http://www.dummyeggs.com/. You can order a set of 7 from there if you want, which is closer to the size of a typical parrotlet clutch. They normally lay every other day. Here is one page on discouraging egg laying at http://www.mickaboo.org/resources/di...ing-egg-laying
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