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I've actually read dozens of articles on this topic after discovering my supposedly male cockatiel is actually female (by identifying feather striping using a flashlight, plus she acts like a girl :P) and there's one key piece of information missing from the article that all folks with problem egg-layers need to know. The problem is genetic. That's how domestic egg-laying chickens were created - no bird lays an egg every day or so in the wild, they'd kill themselves. By breeding females with this problem (and owners often mistake the constant laying of infertile eggs for a desire to breed when it is really a hormonal problem) you stand the chance to pass the gene on, and the fact that folks who own birds with the problem often think the problem means that the bird *wants* to breed often go ahead and breed them... well, it has led to the problem growing and the primary reason it has become rampant with certain common pet parrots. Do not, under any circumstances, breed a chronic egg layer. You'll just pass on those genes to more generations of problem females, and males who carry the unfortunate gene.
Nokota, Claremont, NH
Posted: 10/12/2015 1:15:12 AM
Thank you for the article and all the comments. My beautiful white dove (Angel) has presented me with two eggs at a time and she is currently sitting on number 21 and 22. I'm not happy about this; however, I am going to try moving her cage to a different location. She currently follows me around like a dog and always wants to be where I am. I rescued her around two years ago and have an Avian Vet. Thanks again for all the information....What a relief.
Darlene, Indio, CA
Posted: 2/21/2014 11:36:12 PM
my gray is older i worry about egg bind i do I substatute with a plastic marble but where can i get the ones in the article for the most part it works to replace with a dummy but i want to get a few of the cermac i feed her lots of fresh fruits and veggies all my birds but all my females are laying no mates but thanks for the info
chris, north syracuse, NY
Posted: 6/20/2012 11:01:15 PM
Our lovebird lays eggs constantly for a time then nothing at all for a couple months.
Nancy, Hinsdale, NH
Posted: 5/23/2011 5:20:32 PM
Toni, Naples, FL
Posted: 5/22/2011 9:51:21 PM
So, if my Quaker has never layed eggs could I guess it is a male? I couldn't be for sure, but it only shows signs of male maturity
Becky, Edmonton, AL
Posted: 5/22/2011 6:58:50 PM
Our little Jenday just finished with eggs a couple of months back. It was very stressful for us as we "lost" her for awhile. After about 3 weeks, I started taking one egg out every three or four days until all 3 were gone. We got her back, and everyone's been happy.
Barbara, Kerrville, TX
Posted: 5/22/2011 1:45:22 PM
Good tips
james, brooklyn, NY
Posted: 5/21/2011 7:15:24 PM
Great advice
melinda, west chester, NY
Posted: 5/21/2011 7:10:17 PM
thanks I have several females and these solutions are good to know if I ever need them
Jo, Hillsboro, OH
Posted: 5/21/2011 11:37:52 AM
Good job, Annabelle, Yay!!
me, Rochester, NY
Posted: 5/20/2011 6:19:49 PM
After the alleged hatch date has passed, rearranging the cage with new toys helps as well. Completely changing the environment inside the cage (and sometimes even moving the cage to a new location) can help break the bad behaviors (ie. aggression, biting, cage possessiveness) that may come along with "breeding mode." I have successfully bred birds and had pet birds that laid eggs. Once a year it happens, after a month or so it's over and she is back to normal. Best wishes to everyone in this situation.

Also, if your bird is laying eggs, you need to be aware of the bird becoming egg-bound. Adding moisture in the room will help. Also, consult your veterinarian about diet and other things mentioned in this article as well.
Annabelle, SCM, AK
Posted: 5/20/2011 5:56:02 PM
My pigeons seem to have laying problems (laying too much) but at least they don't get egg binding.
K, L, CA
Posted: 5/20/2011 3:43:32 PM
Excellent !
Cindy, NY, NY
Posted: 5/20/2011 11:38:05 AM
Qing, Rochester, NY
Posted: 5/19/2011 6:27:38 PM
Great article
Posted: 5/19/2011 1:03:35 PM
Excellent article
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 5/18/2011 7:49:12 PM
good info
melissa, psl, FL
Posted: 5/18/2011 7:46:51 PM
Good advice
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 5/18/2011 7:45:14 PM
Greta info! Thanks!
Mary Ann, Fayetteville, TN
Posted: 5/18/2011 4:55:04 PM
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 5/18/2011 12:03:06 PM
thansk for the info
Tommy, pocatello, ID
Posted: 11/5/2010 10:28:03 AM
If I get a female bird, I'll have some good ideas.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 6/14/2010 2:59:21 PM
Birds lay eggs when they are comfortable in their enviroment. if you change things up a bit (cage location, new toys, perch arrangements, etc.) to make her less settled-in (but not uncomfortable) this should definately help to cease the egg-laying. Hope this helps =D
Nancy, Woodstown, NJ
Posted: 3/23/2010 5:30:22 PM
Try fake bird eggs! has plastic eggs for most cage birds. When the the hen sees the right number of eggs she will stop laying!
Kirk, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 9/8/2009 12:25:48 PM
Thank you very much for the wonderful information. My only unanswered question was whether or not to add something soft for her to sit on, rather than the cage floor. Thankyou!
Tasha, barrie, ON
Posted: 6/9/2009 3:02:59 PM
Thank you for your help! My unbrella cockatoo keeps laying eggs with out a mate, I've talked to two avain vets, one said take the eggs away, the other said leave them until she ignors them, to stop her from making more. I've tried both ways, and when I removed them, with in a couple of weeks, their were more, at first she didn't care about it, didn't sit on it, or any thing, so I removed it. The second and third time, the same thing. so I removed the eggs, well now,....she has layed two eggs on the bottom of her cage, she is so devoted to them, she sits on them all night when I cover her cage, but as soon as I uncover her, she wants to be with me. Her mood has not changed at all towards me. I'm leaving the eggs with her for now. Hopefully this will stop her from laying more eggs right away!
Darlene, Muskego, WI
Posted: 10/18/2008 8:51:18 AM
My Blue-crown conure had an egg laying fase.I removed her trigger toy and let her sit for a few days. When she started getting too thin for comfort I took her to vet. He ended injecting her with hormones. Next year she repeated the ritual but this time she got egg bound and I almost lost her. She had to be anesthetized to manipulate the HUGE egg out. Hormones again. Then I accidentally changed the cage from one room to another and she hasn't laid an egg since! This was 2-3 years ago. Sometimes keeping it simple is best!
Maria, San Juan, PR
Posted: 1/28/2008 1:08:57 AM
good article.
mary, portland, ME
Posted: 11/17/2007 3:04:00 AM
very informative
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 9/8/2007 4:55:33 PM
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