Mama wont stop laying eggs
Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:26 AM
Should we allow them to set on eggs if anymore are laid? Was wanting to wait about 3 or 4 months so the Mama could rebuild her strength again.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:42 PM
You can't prevent a bird from laying an egg. Either she's going to, or she's not. I know that cockatiels have a reputation for becoming chronic egg layers, however, so far, I have yet to come across a hen that I haven't been unable to get out of the egg-laying mode. Then again, I haven't had very many cockatiels and I don't breed, but knock on wood, I don't have any chronic layers.
Here's a list of suggestions you could try if you do have a hen you need to get out of the mood of egg laying.
- Remove Eggs
- Rearrange the cage
- Move the cage to a new location
- Use a cage grate
- Get a new cage/Use a different cage
- 12-14 hours of complete darkness
- Decreace calcium and protein within the diet (if she's on a high calcium & protein diet prior to laying eggs)
- Remove anything that could be taken as a nest
- Remove anything that could be used as nesting material
- Don't allow her in any dark place or enclosed area
- IMPORTANT: save the eggs in the fridge
- If she lays more than 3-4 eggs, put them back in the cage
- Leave the Eggs
- Leave the eggs alone in the cage
- [Optional] Replace with fake eggs (prevent eggs from breaking)
- Increase calcium
- Let hen sit on eggs for 3-4 weeks or until she gets bored of them
- Once done sitting, toss
Diet can play a role in a hens egg laying cycle, and when I had one of my hens on a high protein diet in the summer, she started laying eggs like crazy! Well, certainly more than she normally lays! And when switched to a lower protein diet, she stopped laying eggs. She's back on that diet now, although with it being winter, or nearing winter, there have been no eggs so far.
That post was made Dec 11th, 2011. Three months later and knock on wood, no eggs! It's really only been within the past month that we *really* got into winter (with snow and colder temps) so we're having a late start to spring (whenever that starts!). I suspect that as the temperatures start to warm up and stay above a certain point that I may start seeing some eggs. At least for me, it seems as if temperature, light and diet all play a role in egg laying!
Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:01 PM
There are just a few things I would add. But would also point out about my unique situation.
Re Free Flight and unable to change light and living conditions.
Yes I feel Monica is right about food.Winter would see more seed and less fresh foods available.
With breeding season I have so far found it seems to be linked to the daylight hours getting longer. As soon as this happened my 2 pair get in the mood.
I have only had Fids a few years, but in that time have already had three determined egg layers.
Roxy I lost due to prolapse. Yes she did at one stage have injections to stop her.
Tinkerbell has been close to death twice and we put this down to trouble laying eggs. She has also had injections.
These two laid in excess of 32 eggs in one season, and that was with trying my best to stop them.
I got Cindy to replace Roxy and she mated up with max and started to lay, the babies were only three weeks old when she started to lay her next batch. By this time I was ready for it!
I had bought dummy eggs, then some more. I found boiling the real ones was only good for awhile as they then dried out in the shell and did not roll correctly.
So I started to replace Cindy's eggs.
Took one out put two in, until I had her sitting on 7x eggs. This worked for a couple of weeks and then she started to lay again.Hum! I guess she figured out the eggs under her were no good.
My next move was to overload her, same trick she laid one, I replaced it with two. So ended up with her sitting on 13x dummy eggs. "THIS WORKED." And finally I was free of egg laying.
Well at least for this season.
Lupron: This only works for a short period with most birds, that I can see. And with Tinkerbell she still laid two more eggs while having injections. It did stop Roxy from laying for about 3months, before she started again.
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