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Old 04-01-2019, 07:58 PM
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Conure Laid First Egg

My conures were hiding under my bookshelf for the past week, I put them in their cage at night of course. I know itís that time of year and theyíre hormonal. They act out and do the wing flip thing and put their butt on stuff, which I discourage if Iím around.

Anyway they were spending a lot of time under my bookshelf, , which I pulled out away from the wall because theyíve fallen behind it and got stuck. So, since theyíre spending time undernit, and I donít want to promote nesting, so I pushed the bookshelf back.

So this evening when I let them out of the cage I found an egg in their food bowl.

Iím positive at least one of them is a girl now, they both have the same behaviors, theyíre siblings, so Iím thinking theyíre both female andnthis egg isnít fertilized.

Should I get rid of the egg? Would it be traumatic to the bird? Theyíre both 6 years old and this is the first egg.

Not sure what to do. Lol. I feel like one of my daughters had a kid or something. 😂
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:34 AM
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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

If there is no interest in the egg (not guarding or trying to incubate it) then toss it out into the trash. There's a possibility one could be male but at least you know one for sure is female. If the other one is indeed a male, sibling-sibling babies can end up with genetic defects because of inbreeding so it's discouraged to allow that. However if they are both females well you can't really help it.

I would stop letting them go under things, finding dark hiding spots is a no-no. They should be on a playstand or on top of their cage away from the ground to keep them from trying to find places to nest. Any areas they try to get to should be blocked off.
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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

Yeah, you need to stop allowing them to get into ANY small, dark places inside of their cages (like tents, beds, "Huts", hammocks, etc.) or underneath any furniture, behind pillows, etc. It causes severe hormonal rage at times, but most importantly is that you know you have at least 1 female, and laying eggs is very hard on them, and if you keep allowing them to go away in places like that the female (or both females) will eventually start to chronically/continually lay egg after egg, and this can causes everything from severe malnutrition/deficiencies, weight loss, and most lethal of all is every time she lays an egg there is a chance of Egg-Binding, which is fatal without medical-intervention immediately. So you need to remove anything from their cage like beds, huts, tents, boxes of any kind, etc. if they have any, and then definitely stop allowing them to go underneath anything or inside of anything at all when outside of their cage.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:17 AM
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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

They just recently started hanging under the book shelf. I put it back up right where they can’t get in. Ill put something on the back sonthey cant slide behind it and get stuck.

All they have in their cage is a yellow triangular plush thing. I certainly don’t want them to lay any eggs as I know they’re hard on them. I tossed eggg last nite, they weren’t really worried about it.

Last nite I hear them making noises and carrying on, is look andntheyd be hanging at the bottom of the cage, instead of sleeping towards the top.

I assume they’re just still hormonal, hopefully the other one isn’t carrying an egg.

But I def don’t encourage the laying. Hopefully it’s just a one time thing because they had the dark space.
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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

with two confirmed females this subject is foremost on my mind now. Thanks for bringing it up and all the informational posts.
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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

This morning, 4/3, there was another egg. Can a bird produce two eggs in two days? The other one was April 1. Or so I have two females? Lol

Iíve eliminated all dark spots and send and got some calcium fortified stuff to help because I know itís hard on a bird laying eggs.

Hopefully theyíre done laying for now. The only difference this year is they found that dark spot under the bookshelf, which Iíve since blocked off.

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This morning, 4/3, there was another egg. Can a bird produce two eggs in two days? The other one was April 1. Or so I have two females? Lol

Iíve eliminated all dark spots and send and got some calcium fortified stuff to help because I know itís hard on a bird laying eggs.

Hopefully theyíre done laying for now. The only difference this year is they found that dark spot under the bookshelf, which Iíve since blocked off.

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The triangle plush you have in the cage could be causing some nesting behavior. I would highly suggest you remove the hut/tent plush, it can be very dangerous for them to consume anyways. There was a post just this week on Facebook of a sun conure who ingested 50 grams of material from its happy hut in its cage and had to get it removed, painful pictures to look at.

Again, please take the snuggle hut/ plush out!

Typically (in cockatiels at least) females will lay an egg every other day, so it's possible you have two females. Bu of course nothing is better than a DNA test.
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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

Iíve read about the huts and birds eating them and being compacted. Iíve had the same brand for 6 years and no trouble yet. I check it to see if they e been chewing or shredding it.

Maybe the same bird laid the other egg then. Iíve removed the only variable in the egg laying, which was the dark space under the shelf. Iíll watch and see what happens.

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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

well, I learned my lesson about the ''I've had the sleeping tent for 7 years and nothing happened''... early this year my 7yo sun Sunny got eggbound, vet was shocked about the size of the egg, my sun needed surgery to get it out, was put on hormonal implants and the tent went into trash never to be seen again... worst 2 months of my whole life and I've been through some bad stuff...

on the second egg thing: they lay in clutches so it is very possible that the same bird layed both eggs, maybe it was the other bird, no idea... and you can't really know either unless you see the bird 'in action', that is the very best reason to get them sexed... I never cared about my budgies or now my sun conure was male or female but after the whole eg disaster it's the first thing I'd ask if I were to buy another bird... I never believed it, but it is so very important to know if a bird is male or female...
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Re: Conure Laid First Egg

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There was a post just this week on Facebook of a sun conure who ingested 50 grams of material from its happy hut in its cage and had to get it removed, painful pictures to look at.

Again, please take the snuggle hut/ plush out!
oh gosh, I saw that too, it made me want to cry and throw up at the same time and yet someone commented that it was all a lie and that the one who shared those pics should stop doing it cause it ruins the industry... oh man was I mad
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