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    Pls help - Single Female Tiel laying eggs

    Hi,

    Im new to the world of birds, and my Cockatiel about a year old has just laid two eggs.
    Could someone tell me, approximately how many she is likely to lay?
    She shows no interest in them at all, can i remove them from the cage?
    Also, diet wise, whats the best to feed her whilst this is happening?
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    Re: Pls help - Single Female Tiel laying eggs

    Sam did the same thing when she was about 8 months old. For about a week, she laid about two eggs every other day. I fed her her normal pellets, veggies but also some egg with shell (cooked) for extra calcium. Also-I left the eggs in the cage until I was sure she wasn't exhibiting any interest in them (frankly she could have cared less-but probably a few days).

    After that I was sure to cover the cae for atleast 10 hours a day to try to offset any more laying.

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    Re: Pls help - Single Female Tiel laying eggs

    1. Do not remove them. If you remove them your bird will just produce more, and that could be very harmful for it's health.

    2. What should you feed her? Hard boiled eggs with the shell would be a good idea. A top quality pellet would also be advisable. I believe Harrison's high potency would be ideal right now.
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    Re: Pls help - Single Female Tiel laying eggs

    Hi, I've 2 hen cockatiels in the same cage, and one of them, Felix, has recently started laying eggs for the 1st time. The first 3 she laid then totally ignored so in my ignorance I removed them after a day. The last one laid yesterday morning she's sitting on very tightly so I've left it and will do so until I'm sure she's fed up with it, according to the FAQ page on here that could be a few weeks yet. When she does get up to eat or drink, the other hen, Sheba, sometimes moves in and sits on the egg, although Felix will see her off when she returns. Does this mean that Sheba will also start to lay now?? I don't want to separate them, they shrieked the place down last time I tried!

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    Re: Pls help - Single Female Tiel laying eggs

    with single hens, leave the eggs til she loses interest.

    for hens with other birds in their cage, freeze them within 24 hours of laying, mark with a sharpie & put them back. she'll lose interest in a bt.

    extra calcium is critical to any laying hen.

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    Re: Pls help - Single Female Tiel laying eggs

    As mentionned, calcium is very important for laying eggs (should eggs be fertile or not) because egg laying uses up loads of calcium, for the shell) and if your hen doesn't get enough calcium from her diet, her bones will become frail.

    A cuttlebone isn't enough to provide the required calcium, you are better off cruching some egg shells and mixing it with her food, it's full of calcium and will help a lot preventing calcium deficiency. You have to leave the eggs until she shows absolutely no interest in them (usually about 20 days after laying because the incubation period is up and she realise that the eggs are not fertile).

    Reducing the amount of light she gets can help lower the chances of her laying eggs. If she is really tame and lets you pet her, you can also reduce the amount of petting she gets (in case she associates petting with mating...).

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    Re: Pls help - Single Female Tiel laying eggs

    oh.. don't separate your two hens either. Cockatiels "share" incubation responsibilities. Likely, your other hen "knows" its not her egg, however because she is bonded with your other hen, is naturally wanting to share in the duties of incubation. If the egg WERE fertile, the babies would be fed by both as well. The hen laying needs to eat, and left the egg exposed, so the other hen watched her clutch for her. It's the way its done. Your other hen MAY start her own clutch, but just as likely may not. She's just doing what a male cockatiel would do for a clutch of eggs.
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