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Exclamation 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

A week ago I came home and lo and behold there was an egg in my Sun's nest! She didn't act protective and she let us touch it and pick it up, etc. So I threw it away soon after whens she wasn't around....three days later, she had another one! Now she is protective over it and is constantly trying to keep it warm (which, at the least, it keeps her quiet and gives her something to do!). I feel bad because I'm throwing away her "unborn child" and I can only imagine that she laid this second out of sadness or maternal instinct. What do I do? We've considered getting a fake egg that size and getting the scent of real one onto the plastic one by breaking it on the fake one. I've read that constantly throwing away the egg will cause a bird to lay more eggs, but where does it end? I mean, I don't want it to rot in her bed either.

Prior to laying this eggs she tore the heck out of the inside of her bed (obviously now realizing it was for nesting). BEFORE and AFTER the egg instead of cuddling (which she hasn't done in months) she will sit on our shirt collars, arch her back up, and grind her "crotch" against the collar while moving her tail up and down while making these weird noises. That behavior we immediately stop evvverytime she does it. Is this behavior going to go on forever? I mean, she wont even cuddle like she used to. It's annoying that everything leads to sex with her.

HELP me please,
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

Sarah, suns lay 3 or 4 eggs per clutch, don't throw the eggs out, let her sit on them, if there is no male they won't be fertile anyway. Let her sit on them for 21 days then throw them out. She must have some form of calcium, in liquid form or cuttle bone. If she isn't eating it, use the liquid one & just put o few drops on her fruit & veg. You don't want her to get egg bound.

The eggs won't rot under her in 3 weeks so don't worry. And i am afraid to say, this is the behavior we can expect from our adult parrots.
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

You mentioned a nest?
That's what is causing her to lay.
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

Not neccesarily! My cockatiel hen does not have any type of "nest" in her cage, yet she uses her food bowl as a makeshift nest. I've also heard of hens laying on the cage floor.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:25 PM
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

It is helpful to take out anything she can shred and make a nest out of, like newspaper, toys that are easily shredded. You can leave the egg as long as 30 days with no bad smells, after that you should throw it out. As the previous poster stated, really important to make sure she has plenty of calcium. This hormonal behaviour will lessen some as the days get shorter and cooler. If you can, lower the temp in her room and cover her cage a few hours before sunset to trick her into thinking breeding season is over.
When she starts the sexual behavior on your collar, make sure you remove her and don't do anything to encourage this action. Don't stroke her body, belly or anything below the neck. You can give her neck scritches, but don't go any lower. Birds can preceive any other stroking as sexual.
I have two suns and my female generally stops acting hormonal around the end of September, then will start this up again in the spring. You should have your sweet girl back when her hormones take a rest.
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

It wont' be fertile if no males are around.. she will continue to lay a few more. Just make sure she got enough calcium in her diet.
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

When mine goes into the hormonal stage, I back off big time....Rather you touch their back or not, some will lay eggs regardless! As long as your presence is there, that's all they needed. I even tried covering the cage, it doesn't work. They must be kept in separation alone! I've lost excessive laying hens before. The more recent excessive laying hen that I managed to save. Like it was already mentioned several times, don't throw the eggs away, let her incubate! She will give up on them eventually. Provide her with calcium supplements like it was mentioned already. Good Luck!
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

if she continues to lay eggs aggresively you can have your avian to give a shot that reduces the the hormones that trigger the breeding cycle.
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Re: 4 Year Old Sun Conure Laid Egg, What Now?

Thanks for your advices guys. I'm going to go get her calcium drops in just a few minutes. She hasn't touched her cuttlebone in a long time. I will be sure to not throw her eggs out too. thanks again, it means a lot to me and my family!
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