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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-02-2014, 10:52 AM Thread Starter

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I have a question for those experienced breeders or those who have experience with egg laying females. I have a female parrotlet (Gemma) and male that are caged separately. Gemma is 7mths old based on the hatchday I was given. The two get to visit with each other under supervision each day and I have not seen them mate. For a few weeks Gemma has been shredding up paper and trying to hide under it. Last week I noticed she had gained several grams during a very short amount of time. I had been checking her vent area since last Friday and there was no swelling until yesterday. Yesterday I could see a little swelling for the first time and she does poop infrequently and large poops for about 1 week. My questions are:

When should I expect her to lay it?
How long is "normal"?
Is there anything I can do for her?
At what point should I be worried?

This morning when I left she was on the bottom of her cage. She seems alert and not necessarily straining. I have been giving her calcium supplements (I give to all the females just in case) once a week for the 4 mths that I have had her and she has a very good diet of sprouts, pellets, seed, veggies, and grains daily. With a little egg here and there. I appreciate your advice.

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I've had birds be ready to lay an egg between 7-14 days after they've mated so I would imagine that if she's been acting like it for a few weeks that you would be due an egg soon, especially with all of the behaviours you have been describing!

Normal again would be 7-14 days but I'm going off after mating. If she had an egg bum for more than a week then I'd start to worry. You can usually tell if one is about to come out because they are huge! And if the egg has been sticking out for a while but she hasn't laid then that would be concerning. Gross as it may sound, gently rubbing some KY jelly on it can help get it all moving again if she does have it stuck there for a little longer than necessary

For now, don't get her out or handle her. If she has an egg in her and it breaks then you can be in for a lot of trouble so your safest bet is to just leave her be for a while. A bit of extra heat would also help. Just stick to what you're doing and I'm sure it will all go well!

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This is a good and helpful thread, because that's exactly what I have to know when Yuki is going to lay her first egg.
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