Hello,I have a seven year old parakeet that just started laying eggs. Should I be concerned? What should I do?
Type of Animal: parakeetGender: femailAge: 7
Thanks for using JustAnswer.com, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you.
It is not a problem if your bird has started laying eggs as long as it is not constant (continuous laying over a month). What you should do is make sure that your bird is on a pelleted diet (not just an all seed diet). If your bird is on an all seed diet then your bird's calcium will be depleted causing major problems. Otherwise if your bird does not have a mate then the eggs are infertile and you can feel free to remove them before they rot. I hope this helps, best wises.
Thank you so much for you help.In addition to the egg laying, I have noticed an increase in the size of her poop. Should I be concerned? Also, should I be on the lookout for any complications (i.e. egg binding).Thank you again.Best,Cristin
The increased poop size is due to the fact that the egg is "in the way" and the feces accumulates. Egg binding will look like your bird being fluffed and sitting on the bottom of the cage. If you see this you need to talk to your vet asap.
8 years of pet, wildlife, and zoo avian experience