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Trusting tiel!

I have a single tiel hen about 16-18 months old.. She has begun laying infertile eggs a couple of weeks back. She laid her 1st 2-3 two days apart and the next couple 3 days or so apart until she had laid 5. After the 3rd day with no egg I figured she was finished. Last night she was out and making a complete nuisance out of herself. Climbing all over me getting in my way of what I was doing and just plain pestering me.. I kept tossing her towards her cage (it's a game we play, she's fully flighted.. I toss her and she flies off only to boomerang back to me) but she kept coming back. Finally she cuddled up in the crook of my elbow and looked a bit strange. I looked at her and she seemed to be straining .. I put my hand under her, she pushed twice and laid her egg in my hand! She was then set in her cage to rest and recover. 15 minutes later and she was normal again. I felt a bit bad that I didn't understand that she was looking for comfort and felt great about the total trust she showed me.
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Ahh I know what you mean...feeling bad that you didn't understand she needed something. This has happened to me before. But you'll know next time. I know it sounds silly, but I always apologize and give them extra attention (they get it they know when something was an 'accident' versus being intentionally 'mean' not that you ever would be) and tell them that I didnt mean to. I am glad the eggs are coming out without problems. She sounds like a sweet heart.

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aww I have heard of birds doing this before! how sweet that she feels so comfortable around you (not so great that she is laying eggs, I know how you feel!

We play that same game with Chip, he loves it!
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Have you figured out what is triggering her egg laying, aside from hormones I mean? For example, I have learned that I can't give my linnie Lucy any blankets or towels in her room. A time-limited "out of room" activity with a blanket might be OK as a treat, but not in her room. Something about cuddling under a blanket for a day or two immediately brings on the egg laying with her.


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Well, it's breeding season so it's normal that she is laying eggs now although she seems a bit too young to start...

I had a gray lay an egg in my hand and I also felt terrible not realizing in advance that she was going to.
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That's insane! My aviary birds would avoid me like the plague if they were to lay!

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Have you figured out what is triggering her egg laying, aside from hormones I mean? For example, I have learned that I can't give my linnie Lucy any blankets or towels in her room. A time-limited "out of room" activity with a blanket might be OK as a treat, but not in her room. Something about cuddling under a blanket for a day or two immediately brings on the egg laying with her.
I had a tiel for about 7 yrs. Something triggered her to lay unfertile eggs 6 at a time right on the bottom of her cage. I took them out right away which made her angry. Shortly after that she laid 5 more eggs! I was told to leave them in the cage till she tired of sitting on them. I did for over a month. They didn't smell but I felt it was long enough. BUT NO! after a couple weeks there were 6 more eggs! Eating cuttle bones like candy. All things I tired as suggested didn't stop her so sadly I gave her to my friend who breeds tiels.

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Ahh I know what you mean...feeling bad that you didn't understand she needed something. This has happened to me before. But you'll know next time. I know it sounds silly, but I always apologize and give them extra attention (they get it they know when something was an 'accident' versus being intentionally 'mean' not that you ever would be) and tell them that I didnt mean to. I am glad the eggs are coming out without problems. She sounds like a sweet heart.
Thank you, she is a sweetie and I worry about her.. 8 eggs so far

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aww I have heard of birds doing this before! how sweet that she feels so comfortable around you (not so great that she is laying eggs, I know how you feel!

We play that same game with Chip, he loves it!
I'm happy with the bond... She is such a character!

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Have you figured out what is triggering her egg laying, aside from hormones I mean? For example, I have learned that I can't give my linnie Lucy any blankets or towels in her room. A time-limited "out of room" activity with a blanket might be OK as a treat, but not in her room. Something about cuddling under a blanket for a day or two immediately brings on the egg laying with her.
I think hubby triggers it... All he has to do is tickle her under the chin and the little minx is crouching and cooing at him!

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Well, it's breeding season so it's normal that she is laying eggs now although she seems a bit too young to start...

I had a gray lay an egg in my hand and I also felt terrible not realizing in advance that she was going to.
I didn't realize she was a bit young.. Trying to stop her.. I gave her a "nest" to lay and play momma in, hoping she will stop laying when she has a full clutch.


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That's insane! My aviary birds would avoid me like the plague if they were to lay!
She is a weird one...lol but we love her!

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I had a tiel for about 7 yrs. Something triggered her to lay unfertile eggs 6 at a time right on the bottom of her cage. I took them out right away which made her angry. Shortly after that she laid 5 more eggs! I was told to leave them in the cage till she tired of sitting on them. I did for over a month. They didn't smell but I felt it was long enough. BUT NO! after a couple weeks there were 6 more eggs! Eating cuttle bones like candy. All things I tired as suggested didn't stop her so sadly I gave her to my friend who breeds tiels.
Mine isn't going nuts on the cuttlebone so I scrape it in her food.. She has been eating the oyster shells tho... I worry about not enough vit D!
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Aww, you must have a great bond for her to trust you enough to do that.

I play the same "game" with my P'lets. They are caged in my office, so i'm usually trying to get some work done. If they want to play when i'm in the middle of something I'll just toss them in the air and they take off flying to either their cage or their window gym. Sometimes they stay there, but sometimes they will fly in a circle and return to me like a boomarang. That's what they did last night. I don't get eggs, instead I get this (picture attached).

Apparently their cage door had closed without my realizing it. They were tired and trying to tell me it was bedtime. I had a migraine and laid my head down for a minute and they decided to make due with what they could find They sleep on me all the time, but don't usually play in my hair like this.
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Aww, you must have a great bond for her to trust you enough to do that.

I play the same "game" with my P'lets. They are caged in my office, so i'm usually trying to get some work done. If they want to play when i'm in the middle of something I'll just toss them in the air and they take off flying to either their cage or their window gym. Sometimes they stay there, but sometimes they will fly in a circle and return to me like a boomarang. That's what they did last night. I don't get eggs, instead I get this (picture attached).

Apparently their cage door had closed without my realizing it. They were tired and trying to tell me it was bedtime. I had a migraine and laid my head down for a minute and they decided to make due with what they could find They sleep on me all the time, but don't usually play in my hair like this.
Aww those pix are cute.. Sorry you had a migraine.. I used to get them but not often anymore thank God! I made my tiel a "nest box" out of a cardboard box and a plastic dish full of hay and shavings. Going to let her go thru the motions so she will stop laying eggs. I don't generally give my birds vitamin supplements, but I bought her one high in vitamin D. I also scrape cuttlebone into her food.. She has so far laid 10 eggs, the 1st one broke and then I took the next 3 away ( laid on cage bottom from perch) before I found a "nest" for her.. She is sitting on six right now.. She's funny.. She sits when she feels like it goes and plays and ignores her eggs when she doesn't feel like playing mommy..lol no way these poor eggs would hatch even if they were fertile! I also have limited her contact with hubby... Good lord all he has to do it tickle her under the chin and she goes tail up... The little hussy!
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