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Egg Binding: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

parrot egg
By Cioli & Hunnicutt/BowTie Studio/Courtesy Amy Baggs
The size of parrot eggs vary by species, but most are small compared to the size of the female bird.

Egg binding: (noun) When the female bird (hen) is unable to lay its eggs because of a disruption of the process, which could be due to disease, lack of exercise or calcium, etc. It is especially common in budgieslovebirds and cockatiels. Contact an avian veterinarian immediately if you suspect your bird is egg bound. Deter your bird from seeking out nesting sites or building a nest, and reduce the amount of sunlight and warm foods it gets during breeding season.

Watch Poppy, a cockatiel, lay her first egg and try to incubate them. (She is not egg bound.)

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this reminds me of my budgie Aries, she laid eggs all the time. I had to put her down and I miss her very much... I have never lost a bird to egg binding, and hope I never do..
Tiffany, BC, BC
Posted: 7/19/2010 10:52:11 PM
I have lost 2 birds from this. Poor things there is nothing you can and my vet said the same. One was a budgie and the other was a 'tiel! :(
Terry, Houston, TX
Posted: 7/19/2010 10:36:27 PM
I had a bird die of egg-binding.
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 7/19/2010 6:35:40 PM
Great video
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 7/19/2010 6:26:24 PM
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