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Teana - 'Two Eggs on Cage Floor' - Advice Needed

Posted By: PDM

Teana - 'Two Eggs on Cage Floor' - Advice Needed - 02/26/09 07:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Teana
On the 12 of Feb. my husband found 2 eggs in my birds cage. They were on the floor of the cage as there was no nesting box attached. Both were broken. I have 3 birds and I'm not sure who produced the eggs. I know I have 1 male for sure but the other 2 I can't tell. I put a nesting box on the cage. Will the hen lay more eggs or is that it?
Can anyone help? I'm new at this!
Posted By: GrammyinNY

Re: Teana - 'Two Eggs on Cage Floor' - Advice Needed - 02/26/09 08:30 PM

Hello Teana, I've never had a female bird but thought you
might like to know what I looked up in a book called Bird Owner's
Home Health and Care Handbook written by Gary Gallerstein, D.V.M.
He states that a nesting box should be mounted high up on the outside of the cage and that it should be kept as dry and dark as posible. Also, depending on the species, a hen will lay
from one to eight eggs, usually a day apart. Hope this helps
somewhat but breeding and raising chicks sounds very complicated.
Maybe you could get more detailed info from a book at your local
library.
Posted By: NanaT

Re: Teana - 'Two Eggs on Cage Floor' - Advice Needed - 02/26/09 08:45 PM

Thanks for the help. I wasn't sure if she would lay more eggs or if they only lay once. Does your book say anything about that?
Posted By: GrammyinNY

Re: Teana - 'Two Eggs on Cage Floor' - Advice Needed - 02/26/09 09:03 PM

Yes, it says that budgies breed easily in captivity and that
the presence of a nesting box will promote breeding behavior.
However, it also states that females in cycle can spontaneously
lay eggs that are infertile and with no male nearby. There's
much more info - 16 pages actually.
As for telling the sex - it's usually pretty easy with a budgie. If you look just above their beaks at the cere a male bird will be a shade of blue, females can be brown, tan or pinkish.
Posted By: Kelly Kai

Re: Teana - 'Two Eggs on Cage Floor' - Advice Needed - 03/04/09 12:32 AM

And now my life story--

Angel is a chronic egg-layer (as of this post over 70 in the past 2 years). When it started I just tried separating her from the boys...but she kept at it. So then I let her raise a clutch to see if THAT would do it...and she kept laying eggs. So now I try moving her around cages to keep her from getting into 'nesting mode' (sitting at the bottom of the cage and being really aggressive when anything/one gets too close). If you are trying to raise babies, I would suggest reading some of the topics on breeding and buying some books. Although Angel did just fine on her own instinct (used the cage floor refused the nesting box).

Cricket (Angel's youngest baby) just started laying her own eggs a few days ago...I'm still looking for any ideas for stopping this but will start a new thread topic.

A good idea is to separate the males from females if you can, but I've got my 6 separated by who will kill each other and who will try to make babies! At this point, I've thrown in the towel and decided Angel hasn't died yet from vitamin insufficiency or egg-binding, and short of a painful and traumatic procedure to make her 'sterile,' there is nothing I can (or will) do to stop her. So she will do what she wants! smile
Posted By: peepers mom

Re: Teana - 'Two Eggs on Cage Floor' - Advice Needed - 03/05/09 12:14 AM

I had two keets last year, and the older male died (Peepers - still miss him!) So with the one female I wanted to get her another "friend" and ended up getting two more! I couldn't decide between the two, so now I have three keets. Two are female and one is a male (most beautiful keet I've ever seen).

Now, my older female has started laying eggs. I had bought two birdhouses from a mail order and set them on top of my two cages. The older female (Polly) is the only one small enough to enter the birdhouse. She was in there so much I thought she was sick. When I picked the birdhouse up, a white egg rolled on the floor. I also have found one egg on the floor of the birdcage. Two days ago, I found another egg inside the birdhouse. I have just left them there since I read that if you remove them, the female will continue laying eggs to the point of becoming ill.

My question is: how long do you let the eggs lay there? Also, what about coccidiosis? Here is what I found online: Coccidiosis is passed to another bird during the Oocyst stage. The Oocyst is an egg-like structure that is excreted by the bird in to the environment/cage. The oocyst can remain inactive and exposed for many weeks and still infect another bird. The infection starts when an oocyst is ingested. Once ingested you may notice symptoms of the infection as early as 4-6 days later.

Has anyone heard of this before, and how do you tell if it is just an egg or coccidiosis?
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