Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Cockatiels

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2011, 10:07 AM
Nakiska's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
4 Cockatiels 2 males Chicken Little & Charlie, 2 Females Chiquita and Sweet pea. Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure -Franklin and our now tame, rescued feral Pigeon - Belle.
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Washington
Thanks: 382
Thanked 557 Times in 263 Posts
Nakiska is on a distinguished road
Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

So last night the hen cockatiel that I rescued back in August was acting very strange. She's not hand tame yet but getting better about interacting with us and coming out of her cage on her own.

Anyway, when I walked by her cage, I noticed she was sitting on the bottom, in the corner, slightly puffed up, in obvious distress.

I said, Oh noooo! Honey, I think Sweetpea is Sick! He rushes over to the cage and watches her for a moment. She's all hunkered down, swaying side to side, puffed up and hissing at us and there was a strange odor we both noticed and she was straining.

I definitely knew she was sick when I reached in the cage and picked her up and she set in my hand, panting, her underside was sweaty feeling and when I looked underneath her, her vent was all swollen looking, she was definitely straining and slightly shaking.

I said, my gosh, something is wrong, I think she's dying.

My husband looks at me and says so non-chalently, "She's trying to have an egg."

I said, Nooooo! No way! Something is wrong because I've read a billion things about tiels on the net and one poster said as long as there is no nest box in their cage, the hen's won't lay.

Months ago, when we discovered the two tiels I rescued breeding, we seperated them. They are supposedly brother and sister and we have no desire to breed tiels or any birds for that matter.

Anyway, I held her in my hand, softly talking to her, freaking out because I just knew she was dying. She then got a spurt of energy, and flew away from me to the top of her cage. And boink! Out came a egg!

It rolled off the top of the cage onto the floor and got a tiny crack. I absolutely could NOT believe it! Stupid me

Anyway, we picked up the egg and I said, I THINK we should give her her egg, even though it's no good, because I thought I read that it may deter her from laying more or more than a normal clutch and she won't become egg bound???????

She's shown no interest in the egg at all. She hasn't laid another one and it's been 12 hours or so. She's eating, drinking normally, moving around her cage normally and I saw her poo and it was normal.

So do I keep the egg in the cage for a couple weeks? Is it safe to remove it and toss it? We looked at in under the light and it appears to be empty or unfertile and I know that even if it was fertile, it wouldn't make it because it's cracked.

Advice please???

Toni

And I can't believe how BIG a cockatiel egg is! For some reason, I thought it'd be 1/2 the size. It's about the size of a thomas green grape.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2011, 10:42 AM
Junior Member
Parrots:
Butter - Lovebird * Basil - Cockatiel * Bean - Budgie * Barley - Budgie
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Pearl is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

Isn't it crazy how big their egs are? She will likely lay more over the next few days. Give her a cuddle bone within easy reach for calcium. I think you are probably safe to throw that one egg away since it's cracked, and then just leave the others. Some birds just want to lay eggs, nestbox or no. My lovebird is terrible about it. Rearranging their cage often helps, and avoiding shreddy-type toys (sad I know, because they love them!)

Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Pearl For This Useful Post:
Nakiska (12-31-2011)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2011, 01:25 PM
Nakiska's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
4 Cockatiels 2 males Chicken Little & Charlie, 2 Females Chiquita and Sweet pea. Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure -Franklin and our now tame, rescued feral Pigeon - Belle.
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Washington
Thanks: 382
Thanked 557 Times in 263 Posts
Nakiska is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

Okay, thankyou!

You know, I really do everything I can to keep our hens from laying, I make sure they don't get too much light, I do rearrange their cage a few times a month and when you mentioned not having any shredding toys...I realized, they don't have any in their cage, but I let them shred things when they are out of their cage for MY time with them. I make sure there are no dark corners and absolutely NO nesting box or anything that resembles a nest in their cage.

I guess that's why I was sooo shocked that she layed an egg last night.

Afterwords my spouse and I got a good laugh over it, I've had 3 kids myself and we've over the years let out mare have a foal, our dog have pups and our cat have kittens. It's not like I'm a stranger to "birthing."

But with our cockatiel...I was like...OMG! She's DYING! I can be such an airhead sometimes.

Toni
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2011, 02:13 PM
PetoftheDay's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Boston area, MA
Thanks: 12
Thanked 654 Times in 422 Posts
PetoftheDay is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

What a surprise! Goodness gracious! And of course she looked "sick" can you imagine what we humans look like in the middle of labor?
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to PetoftheDay For This Useful Post:
Nakiska (12-31-2011)
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2011, 03:00 PM
Senior Member
Parrots:
2 Budgies, 3 Cockatiels, 6 GCC'S, 2 Crimson Bellie Conures, 9 Sun Conures, 2 Major Mitchells, 12 Eclectus parrots of various ages, 2 BF Amazons, 2 Hahn's Macaw's, 1 Red Tail Black Too
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Australia
Thanks: 43
Thanked 668 Times in 497 Posts
Pedro is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

Well I am so pleased she wasn't sick.

All you really need is to be sure your little girl has access to some form of calcium. Otherwise she will deplete her body of it & then be in big trouble with calcium deficency.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Pedro For This Useful Post:
Nakiska (12-31-2011)
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2011, 07:29 PM
YNAMomma's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Ianto-10yr old M. YN-Amazon, Toshiko - 10yr old F. YN-Amazon (Mated pair)
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Minnesota, USA
Thanks: 11
Thanked 53 Times in 44 Posts
YNAMomma is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

I even have a tiny food processor and i put cuttle bone in it and grind it to a fine dust and coat all thier food in it to make sure mine get enough calcium since they dont seem to have any interest in the cuttle bone or calcium chews which i keep in thier cage anyways. Ya never know right =) I got the idea when i used to own pet crabs, they need a high calcium diet to make sure thier shell grows strong and hard and coating thier crickets in powdered cuttle bone was what our vet suggested for a good calcium boost snuck in =)
__________________
When we long for a life with no difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure.
-Peter Marshall
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to YNAMomma For This Useful Post:
Nakiska (12-31-2011)
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2011, 11:51 PM
Mamanda's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Keen: female, YSGCC & Opi: male, Pied Cockatiel & Milo: male, Timneh African Grey
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central Oregon (Paradise!)
Images: 2
Thanks: 240
Thanked 64 Times in 56 Posts
Mamanda is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

Quote: Originally Posted by Nakiska View Post

But with our cockatiel...I was like...OMG! She's DYING! I can be such an airhead sometimes.

Toni
That's just hilarious Toni!!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Mamanda For This Useful Post:
Nakiska (12-31-2011)
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 12-31-2011, 10:34 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
Thanks: 678
Thanked 975 Times in 835 Posts
roxynoodle is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

My parents got a cockatiel when I was in college. They were told by the breeder it was a male, but guess what? Marco started laying eggs. She also did not have a nest box and she was the only bird in the house (so no males anywhere). Thankfully she never went nuts about it and depleted herself. She only ever laid one at a time, on the bottom of the cage.

It is a good idea to provide extra calcium to all female birds, just in case. My conures have never laid any eggs, but I'm wondering now that there is a (likely male) amazon here, if she might. I do have cuttle bones in all my bird's cages, and the Nanday eats chunks out of them.

The former owner of my zon told me it's a male because it's never laid on egg. I said, I don't know about that. Neither have my female birds. It is showing perhaps more male tendencies though so I think it probably is a male. I've ordered DNA kits from Avian Biotech to find out though.

Provide her the calcium, but you should be concerned when she does lay as some bird can get egg bound. That is an emergency. But, with the cuttle bones, hopefully it won't ever be a problem.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to roxynoodle For This Useful Post:
Nakiska (12-31-2011)
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 12-31-2011, 02:41 PM
Senior Member
Parrots:
2 Budgies, 3 Cockatiels, 6 GCC'S, 2 Crimson Bellie Conures, 9 Sun Conures, 2 Major Mitchells, 12 Eclectus parrots of various ages, 2 BF Amazons, 2 Hahn's Macaw's, 1 Red Tail Black Too
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Australia
Thanks: 43
Thanked 668 Times in 497 Posts
Pedro is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

I usually just have a supply of calcium, either a bell or cuttle bone. My hens know when they need it & when they don't.

If your not careful you can overdose on the calcuim.

If she lay's a a clutch it's best to let her incubate the eggs for the 21 days & then throw the eggs out. That will discourage her from being a chronic egg layer.

DO NOT throw out the eggs as she lay's them because she can keep laying eggs to replace the ones thrown out.

Some hens can be a real problem while others are not. Best be careful.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Pedro For This Useful Post:
Nakiska (12-31-2011)
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 12-31-2011, 04:59 PM
Nakiska's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
4 Cockatiels 2 males Chicken Little & Charlie, 2 Females Chiquita and Sweet pea. Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure -Franklin and our now tame, rescued feral Pigeon - Belle.
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Washington
Thanks: 382
Thanked 557 Times in 263 Posts
Nakiska is on a distinguished road
Re: Our cockatiel seriously surprised me last night...

Thank you all for your helpful replies! I'm still cracking up over thinking she was dying and my spouse so calm telling me "she's just trying to have a egg." I totally didn't believe him...ROFLOLOL!!

Sweet pea is doing great! I did remove her egg today, only because she had shown ZERO interest in it and it was cracked.

I have always kept cuttle bones in all our birds cages and they definitely use them. They also get a very well rounded diet of fresh veggies, fruits and grains. Currently their MOST FAVORITE things are butternut squash, brussel sprouts, broccoli and sweet potatoes.

Sweet Pea hasn't laid anymore eggs yet, but last night she was looking like she might, otherwise, she's acting completely "normal" - healthy appetite, normal potties, and normal activity level.

I thought I'd include a picture I took of her egg today and a picture I took of her today. She's all hunkered down like that because JUST after I clicked the shutter, she flopped forward over the edge of the cage, head down, tail up, wings out - showing off. My tiels do this all the time, often one will do it, then the other 2 or 3 will follow suit and we'll look and all our birds are showing off at the same time..."look at me! Look at me!" hanging up side down from their perches or swings.

Tooo Funny!

I guess I should ask, IF she was to become egg bound. What do you do? Is there a way I can help her myself, or is it a vet only situation. I am 1 hour from our avian vet.

Toni

Last edited by Nakiska; 01-28-2012 at 12:38 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Cockatiels


Search tags for this page
cockatiel at bottom of cage rocking
,
cockatiel on bottom of cage swaying
,
cockatiel rocking on bottom of cage
,

cockatiel rocking side to side

,

cockatiel sitting on bottom of cage

,
cockatiel swaying
,
cockatiel swaying and hissing
,
why cockatiel rocking on toy
,

why does my cockatiel rock side to side

,
why does my cockatiel sit at the bottom of the cage
Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mac really surprised me today.................. mtdoramike Eclectus 18 09-28-2011 06:47 AM
Cracker Surprised Me this Morning! Winston1Smith2 Conures 7 04-23-2010 03:59 PM
Last night ... indigo Lovebirds 14 08-02-2007 10:05 AM
I am surprised that Chirsty hasn't posted this story yet .. TexDot33 Conures 16 07-13-2007 01:11 PM
The day after the night before. Peta Congo & Timneh Greys 5 01-30-2006 06:45 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.