Lovebird laid egg... what do I do?
Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:28 PM
Well, it's official, Angus is now Agnes... sigh.
My lovebird, who is likely about 3 (the person I bought -- slash rescued -- him -- her -- from didn't know exactly how old he -- she -- was), has been exhibiting a lot of nesting behavior lately, shredding toys and building a little mound in the corner of the cage. I noticed some abdominal swelling last night and called the vet; they said since he -- she -- wasn't acting out of the ordinary at all (no heavy breathing, no problems eating, etc) it was OK to wait until today, so I had an appointment a little later for Angus. However, I woke up this morning and there was an egg in the cage. I called the vet and they said not to bring Angus in unless I was concerned about signs of distress -- which I'm not -- to avoid further stress on the bird, and they told me to leave the egg in the cage.
Does anyone else have suggestions in terms of nutrition, etc. for Angus? His -- her -- diet right now is predominantly Nutriberries, I have not been able to get her to eat pellets to save her life, I've tried so many different kinds and she seems like she'd rather starve than eat them. I'm not sure if there's some kind of supplementation (calcium in particular?) or something I could/should try, or if there's anything else to focus on for health at this point.
I'm also wondering what I should do about the nesting behavior. I had been cleaning the shreds of toy out of the corner of the cage regularly when I cleaned it, but should I be leaving them there?
Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:03 AM
If you don't want her to lay eggs, you shouldn't be encouraging it... i.e. no places to nest and no nesting material. If where she is at is dim, make the room brighter. If she is getting less than 12 hours of sleep, you can increase her sleep hours up to 14 (16 if she really gets in the mood). Try lowering the temperature of the house, perhaps?
Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:29 AM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:17 PM
Do you have a picture of her cage setup by any chance?
Try getting some healthy grains like brown rice, teff, wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, etc. Cook it up or sprout it, then take a few vegetables like carrots, peppers (green, red or yellow), and perhaps some leafy vegetables such as carrot tops, kale, parsley, maybe even the top parts of broccoli. If you are a great chef at chopping things up, or you have a food processor, make the pieces extremely tiny, such as the size of a seed if you can. Then mix all this together and feed it. Try and have at least 2-5 different colors and textures of vegetables.
Try feeding that for a couple of days and if it doesn't work, mix in a small amount of food that she *is* used to eating. Try feeding this first thing in the morning. You might have to remove her regular food at night then offer the new foods in the morning for 30 minutes or longer if you can. If she doesn't eat it, that's ok, take it out, give her her regular foods and try again the next day!
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