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HOW LONG DO Zebra Finches stay pregnant. I have a two

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HOW LONG DO Zebra Finches stay pregnant. I have a two tear old finch, who has been alone since. This morning I found two eggs in the bottom of the cage. How can this be?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  August Abbott, CAS replied 10 years ago.

A female bird can and does lay eggs without fertilization occuring. The eggs won't result in hatching unless there was/is a male available to fertilize them. If the male has been absent for more than about 8-10 days prior to the egg laying, these eggs are not likely fertile.

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Expert:  Patricia replied 10 years ago.

HelloCustomer Even though it sounds like your girl will not be having any chicks from those eggs, it's just as important that she be getting a good varied diet that has all the nutrition she needs. Egg laying can be stressful times on the health of a female bird, regardless of whether the eggs are fertile or not. She is calling heavily on her calciuim reserves to make strong shells for those eggs and if she should run low on calcium, she could be in a medical emergency before you even realize it. Without enough calcium, her shells will be too soft for her to pass. She can become eggbound, or worse. Worse would be if an egg should rupture inside of her or if she should strain so hard trying to pass it that she suffers a prolapse of her uterus. Either of those is life threatening so please check out these links about proper diet and if you have any more questions at all, just let me know. Patricia

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Expert:  August Abbott, CAS replied 10 years ago.
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Expert:  August Abbott, CAS replied 10 years ago.

In addition, there is : A comprehensive site you will certainly find helpful - along, of course, with this one and a team of people working together for the benefit of healthy pets and happy owners.