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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My bird has been laying eggs and the bird layed one that had

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My bird has been laying eggs and the bird layed one that had a soft outer shell and I peeled the outer shell off and there was a normal shell with this strange clear gell on it. Dose she need to see a vet she is acting normal.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. I don't worry about a one-off abnormal egg - often called a "lash egg". If one after another is abnormal, I consider a dietary deficiency or salpingitis (inflammation of the oviduct). Cockatiels are known to excessively lay and unless their diets are superb, they're going to become both protein and calcium deficient. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. What has Bebe's diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of her diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: or here: should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

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