eclectus first egg

Submitted by imnweib on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:17
Hello Everyone Gypsy laid her first egg! Have a couple of questions if someone can answer that would be great. We noticed her being unusually quiet over the weekend and noticed an egg in her box I built for her to rest in, she really likes it. When we looked in the box Monday we saw the egg and I decided to weigh her which I have been doing since we got her. She consistently runs about 13.7 oz. and after the egg she weighs 14.7 oz. Maybe another egg is waiting to come out ?? How many eggs do the lay and how often ?? Is there any harm in letting her sit on it since it is not fertile ( no male ) ?? Should her appetite go down during this time ?? Thanks, Neal

Most Eclectus females will lay two eggs; one every other day typically. Some species / females may lay more, but rarely more than 4.

Some information on how to handle this is described on this page: https://www.beautyofbirds.com/eclectus.htm

Best of luck and updates are appreciated! Sibylle

Gypsy's weight is up to 15.05 oz. Do you think she has another egg inside waiting to come out? Her normal weight before the first egg is 13.7 oz. She also trys to eat out of our mouths like a nesting bird relies on the male to feed her. She make a crying noise like a baby that wants to be spoon fed. Should we take the egg away and if we do will she go back to normal, or should we let her pretend to be a mother ??

She is likely to produce another egg or more.  About 24 hours before an egg is laid, you can see that the vent is rounded (basically you can see the shape of the egg).  She will gain weight and eat a lot in preparation for raising a family.  She is showing natural nesting behavior.  In the wild, the male will regurgitate and feed the female, and vice versa.  You are her bonded mate and she is acting with you as she would in the wild with her partner. Important: DO NOT REMOVER THE EGG until she herself gives up on them, or else she will replace the eggs, which can leave her seriously malnutritioned.  She could end up with soft-shelled eggs and could be egg bound (unable to pass the egg); or the egg could break inside her leading to injury and infection.  Again, leave the eggs until she herself starts to ignore them, which is typically once the natural incubation period has passed (about a month after laying).

Thanks for the input. We were on a walk last night and she popped out the other egg while walking around the park. Good thing my wife was there to deliver it so it didn't hit the ground while she was on my shoulder. She is back to her normal weight of 13.8 oz. She still is acting like a baby when it comes to feeding, but I am sure that will pass in time. If we let her sit with the two eggs do you think that will be all for a while ??

She laid 2 eggs, and she sits on them all day and cries for us to feed her with a spoon. She hardly eats while we are away at work. We are away for about 10 hours a day. That's a long time to go without eating. The person I bought her from said I should remove the eggs, so I did. She said most birds won't care and will go back to their normal routine. Gypsy went into her nest box and cried. I put the eggs back a few minutes later, and she sat on them and cried for about an hour. Now she is even more reluctant to come out. Has anyone else had any experience with this? If I take away the eggs, is she likely to go back to normal? If I leave them, how can I be sure she eats while we are away? Should I remove the nest box when this is all over, to prevent this from happening again? She was trying to make a nest in our couch, so I thought she would like a nest box. She likes it, but now I see that it might be causing a problem. I would prefer that she doesn't sit in that box and try to incubate infertile eggs all day. She is not coming out to get any light or exercise or social time.

Gypsy laid 2 infertile eggs. She doesn't want to get off them to eat or play. She wants us to feed her with a spoon and she acts like a baby bird asking to be fed. She pecks at my face whenever I have her out, trying to get me to regurgitate for her, but if I hand her a pellet or a nut, she won't eat it. She wants mush, which I made by putting her Birdeez Buffet in the blender. We are away at work for about 10 hours each day. I can tell she barely touches the food I leave in the cage for her while we are gone. I called the lady who sold her to me, and she suggested I take the eggs away. She said most birds don't care and will return to their normal schedule once the eggs are gone. When I took the eggs, Gypsy cried. She sounded so sad, that I put the eggs right back. They had only been gone for a few minutes, but she sat on them and cried for another hour. I am concerned about her lack of exercise, sunlight, and food. Has anyone else ever had any experience with taking away the eggs? Will the bird eventually get over it and go back to normal? Or should I just continue to baby her until she abandons them on her own? If I remove the nest box, will I be able to prevent this behavior in the future?

Gypsy laid 2 infertile eggs. She doesn't want to get off them to eat or play. She wants us to feed her with a spoon and she acts like a baby bird asking to be fed. She pecks at my face whenever I have her out, trying to get me to regurgitate for her, but if I hand her a pellet or a nut, she won't eat it. She wants mush, which I made by putting her Birdeez Buffet in the blender. We are away at work for about 10 hours each day. I can tell she barely touches the food I leave in the cage for her while we are gone. I called the lady who sold her to me, and she suggested I take the eggs away. She said most birds don't care and will return to their normal schedule once the eggs are gone. When I took the eggs, Gypsy cried. She sounded so sad, that I put the eggs right back. They had only been gone for a few minutes, but she sat on them and cried for another hour. I am concerned about her lack of exercise, sunlight, and food. Has anyone else ever had any experience with taking away the eggs? Will the bird eventually get over it and go back to normal? Or should I just continue to baby her until she abandons them on her own? If I take away the nest box, will I be able to avoid this behavior next year?

Well Gypsy finally lost interest in her eggs. She is almost back to normal, weight and eating habits. She still makes this high pitched chirp in my wife's ear that is very load but I am happy she is getting back to normal. Is this an annual thing with the eggs around spring time ?? Neal

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