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Egg Binding

Even non-breeding female birds can lay eggs.

Just because a female bird is kept as a single pet doesn't mean that it won't occasionally lay an egg (infertile, of course). Sometimes, especially with young females or females with insufficient calcium in their diets, an egg may become stuck in the bird's pelvic area. The egg-bound hen may exhibit signs of swelling around the abdomen, fluffed-up feathers, straining, sitting low on the perch and/or weakness.

If your pet bird becomes egg bound, handle her very gently; crushing the egg in her will cause death. It is important to place the bird in a humid environment as soon as possible to promote passing of the egg. This can be accomplished by putting the bird in a bathroom where the shower has been running to produce steam, or by placing a steam vaporizer near the bird's cage. If the egg has not passed within a few hours, take the bird to the avian vet immediately.

2-25-2004


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I'm very glad to know this. I've never knew that a female bird could get an egg stuck. Thanks for this article on how to take care of her.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 4/23/2010 8:47:59 AM
Im writng to you with tears in my eyes. Just this past Friday I noticed a blood droplet on the seed tray in my cockateils cage. I have a male gray "Cocky " and my yellow female "Summer". They didn't appear in distress and i didn't see any broken wings or anything that seemed to be causing the blood. This morning my husband woke me to inform me that our precious " Summer" had passed overnight. When he uncovered their cage "cocky was at the bottom where she lay just sitting at the bottom of the cage just looking at her. I had an appointment to the vet on Monday but now its too late. Im trying to think of anything unusual going on with them but they seemed to be quite content. Through reading on your website someting came to mind. She always was laying eggs, but I noticed she hasn't most recently. Could she have had "egg binding"? I dont know what else could have made her sick! Do cockateils need another friend after one has passed? Please write back, Im at a loss right now!
Emma, West Covina, CA
Posted: 1/17/2010 9:44:42 AM
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