It’s a typical morning; you have just woken up, and the first thing you always do is greet your parrot. However, this morning you find something different. When you visit your parrot’s cage, you’re surprised by a few eggs and don’t know what to do since your initial plan was not to become a breeder or you thought you had adopted a male parrot. So what do you do and what do you need to know about when parrots lay eggs?
What Age Do Female Parrots Lay Eggs?
A female parrot feels sexual maturity when she reaches the age of 2. At the age of 2, she can lay eggs. The process, as we discussed above, can be started by some virtual or real sensations in her body, and thus she lays the unfertilized eggs.
For the female parrot to produce the fertilized eggs requires the natural process of reproduction that needs male sperm to interact with the ovum in her body. Parrots stop laying eggs when they reach 12 of her age. Parrots lay eggs at 2 of their age, but age depends particularly upon the species.
Can Parrots Lay Eggs Without A Male?
Yes, parrots can lay eggs without being sexually active. The difference is that the eggs will not be fertilized and therefore won’t hatch.
Having a male around will typically increase the rate of egg-laying in the female and, of course, the chances of them being fertilized and hatching.
What Happens When A Parrot Lays Eggs?
When a parrot lays eggs, it may be a bit drained of protein, calcium, and energy. You should pay special attention to feeding your parrot a high-quality diet with a good amount of protein and calcium to get her levels back up again.
You can replace old water with fresh water more frequently than normal to promote hydration in your parrot.
Parrot Egg Laying Symptoms
If you have a female parrot, she is likely to lay eggs some time or the other. Luckily, there are some signs that you may notice in your female parrot and determine that she is about to lay eggs.
Following are the symptoms that you may notice in your female parrot.
– If your parrot’s attracted to dark spots around the home, she may be getting ready to lay eggs. If she’s always caged, you might find her scratching around at the bottom.
– Your parrot may be very vocal with a different sort of voice, maybe even grunting.
– There will be bloating under the tail near the body.
– Female parrot may appear to be constipated.
– Bloating near the anus. Sometimes the bloating can push smaller feathers away enough for you to see her skin.
How Can I Control Problem Egg Laying?
Since there are potentially fatal side-effects to a bird that takes up excessive egg laying, the pet bird owner needs to do what they can to curb this behavior. These are some steps you can take to try to stop your bird from laying unwanted eggs.
– Remove access to potential nesting areas – This includes places your bird might go when out of its cage. A caution though, if your bird is already laying eggs, removing access to these areas can lead to egg binding.
– Shorten the hours of daylight available – You should reduce the time that your bird is exposed to light, and ensure that it is getting at least 12 hours of darkness per day.
– Keep your bird busy – Birds that are kept active are less likely to become interested in engaging in breeding type behavior.
– Food reduction – Can reduce the bird’s propensity to lay eggs. Having a limitless supply of food may encourage your bird to lay eggs, so try letting it run out occasionally.
– Simulate a rainy season – Do this by giving your bird multiple showers daily. This may help simulate the hormone reduction that occurs after the breeding season in the wild.
– Hormonal therapy – This might be used as a last resort as it carries other side effects but may save the life of a compulsive egg layer.
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