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Birds Don't Lay Eggs

Why aren't my birds laying eggs?

Q:  I have two pairs of Senegals and two pairs of Meyer’s parrots that I have yet to be able to nest. I've been working on this for five years, but I won't go through the whole history; just a brief review. I've read all the comments and tips (including yours from past Ask the Expert articles and from your website) and here's where I'm at:
 
One problem was that the surgically sexed pair of Meyer’s parrots I bought were both females! So I DNA-sexed them and then bought two males, and DNA-sexed them myself. I put partitions up to keep them from seeing other Meyers', and they are now bonded and compatible according to the guidelines I read from you. They feed each other and preen each other.
 
One pair is breeding daily but have produced no eggs. I do have some conures, which are loud, but I would think they wouldn't breed at all if that bothered them. They are in the nest box every day, feeding each other and preening each other, and the male mounts the hen daily, but no eggs. This has been going on for about five months. It is winter time, so I thought perhaps that might spur them on but still nothing. Any ideas?

Jean Pattison explains infertility and mating problems in African greysJean Pattison, also known as "The African Queen," explains:

Every once in awhile I get a question I can’t answer and this is one of them. I had a male grey with four different hens. The first three, he was with for two years each. There were either no eggs or infertile eggs, although they did copulate. In my seventh year with him, he and the fourth hen produced chicks. In light of this, I have to assume they were not compatible. It may have been a case of “Love the one you're with, if you can’t be with the one you love”.

I am sorry I can’t be of more help.


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i love three lovebirds but they dont lay egg and i dont knw they are male or female
please help me to
yas, al ain
Posted: 11/21/2011 1:30:03 PM
I love your articles! Thank you for all your knowledge!
Terri, ozark, AL
Posted: 6/21/2011 4:56:13 PM
When it comes to "breeders", I have mine surgically sexed, not DNA'd. Although the DNA will tell us the sex, surgical sexing can tell us about cysts, tumors, any abnormality they may have.
I had a pair of lovies where the female had these abnormalities, she will never lay an egg, she can't produce them. It was a simple, harmless 3 minute procedure. And now I had my answer....right then on the spot. Most people will say this is "cruel", but in my experience I have found it helpful for myself and the bird.
It also generally costs about the same.
JR, Lockport, IL
Posted: 3/6/2011 12:08:05 PM
MY NAME IS TAWIO, I AM A NIGERIAN AND THE REASON WHY AM SENDING THIS MYSTERY CONCERNING A PARTICULAR BIRD IN NIGERIA CALLED KONAKONA IN YORUBA LANGUAGE BUT I DONT KNOW THE ENGLISH NAME BUT IN YORUBA TRIBE IN NIGERIA THE ELDERS BELIEVE THERE S BIRD CALLED KONAKONA THAT THIA PARTICULAR BIRD DONT LAY EGG BUT TRICKISHLY LAND ON ANOTHER BIRD NEST, IT WILL HEAT UP THE EGG NEST AND FLY AWAY BUT WHEN IT S TIME FOR THE OWNER OF THE NEST TO ASHE ITS EGGS. MIRACULOUSLY OF THE BABY BIRD WILL OUT TO THE KONAKONA BABY BIRD AND I DONT BELIEVE IT. I HAVE SEARCH THE WEB TO KNOW THIS KONAKONA BIRD BUT CANT GET IT AND I NEED HELP TO EXPANCIATE FURTHER IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OR CLUE. THANK YOU
TAIWO, LAGOS
Posted: 6/29/2010 4:07:46 AM
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