- Apr 12, 2017
- Black-Capped Conure, Cinnamon Green-Cheek Conure, African Ringneck Parakeet, Canary-Winged Parakeet
Context: I have a female GCC, Poe, who was a chronic egg-layer. She has a mate, so it makes sense (we thought they were both boys when we got her). After struggling to discourage her laying, I decided last year to give her a nest box in case she decided to incubate, hoping raising chicks would prevent her from laying for a longer period of time. Well, it worked. She broke the first 3 eggs of the clutch (which I replaced with fakes), but incubated the last 3. The eldest of the 3 unfortunately failed to hatch, but the other two hatched perfectly fine and were raised by my conure couple for 2 months before I gave the chicks to people who know how to hand-tame them and find them homes. It's been roughly a year and half (the largest amount of time she's gone without laying) and I got lazy about simulating winter hours for my birdies, so my GCC decided to start laying again. I tried to do the same thing. She broke the first 4 this time and I replaced them as usual. She has since had FIVE MORE eggs, for a total of 9, the most recent one laid just yesterday. She lays one every three days. I candled the eggs today and none of them look great. Two of them were slightly cracked and clearly non-viable, so I replaced them with fakes, but Poe must have already known they were bad because they were the only 2 she stopped incubating. I'm giving the remaining 3 real eggs more time. But I'm very worried for Poe! Is there any way to discourage her from having even more? Taking eggs has only made her continue laying in the past. How can I keep her healthy with all this nutrient loss?