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    Hi

    I have an egg-bound lovebird - what can I do?

    I have done a bit of reading about egg-binding and mostly it says that home treatment rarely works, but there is no avian vet nearby by that I can get her to.
    I brought her in from the aviary outside and put her in a nest in a smaller cage I have inside, as it's warmer inside. I have also rubbed some vegetable oil around the egg, but I'm not really sure what else to do to help her...

    Any suggestions?


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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    try putting he in the bathroom then steaming it up with the shower. Steam can help. Try not to let her move around. Are you sure she is eggbound? Was she fluffed up at the bottom of the cage?


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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    I am not entirely sure she is egg bound, no... She wasn't at the bottom of the cage, but in her nest at the time I found her.
    When I moved close to her, she flew out of the nest and landed fairly roughly on a branch. At first I didn't take too much notice - I just thought she must have got a fright, but when I came back she was on the floor of the aviary, trying to fly back up to the branches. She couldn't get off the floor, though.
    Also, there is what seems to be an egg in her cloaca.

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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    I will repeat Mell - are you SURE she is eggbound? She should take 2-3 days to lay her first egg of the clutch from the first showing. Can you turn her over and gently feel her to make sure there is an egg? Has she been getting enough calicum? Is she listless? Is she having trouble pooing? Is she eating and drinking?

    If she is eggbound, she needs to see a vet asap. In the mean time, put her in a hospital tank, place a heating pad on low on one side/one half of the tank. Make sure she has plenty of water especially, but food too to keep up her strength, away from the heat source. I have think I remember reading that mineral oil rubbed on the opening and a few drops in her mouth can help, but I can't be absoutely positive. I would do a search on here for egg binding issues. But really try to get her to a vet asap and put her in a hospital tank until then. Good luck.

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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    These two have given you some great suggestions! Keep us updated, I hope she is well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BridgeyRoo View Post
    I will repeat Mell - are you SURE she is eggbound? She should take 2-3 days to lay her first egg of the clutch from the first showing. Can you turn her over and gently feel her to make sure there is an egg? Has she been getting enough calicum? Is she listless? Is she having trouble pooing? Is she eating and drinking?
    She actually has already laid some eggs, so this isn't the first egg of the clutch. She seems to be fairly weak and, yes, she is having trouble pooing. I'm pretty sure she is eating and drinking - she hasn't since I brought her inside, but, as I said before, she was in an outside aviary.

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    Here is a link to a thread regarding the mineral oil - it looks like it can be placed around the vent (which I know you did) and given orally every few hours. Also I read a suggestion to "soak" her bottom in warm water to help it pass. I don't know how well that will work. Good luck.
    http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/c...il+egg+binding

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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    As some of you have suggested that she may not be egg-bound.... Would her symptoms be pointing to anything else, other than egg-binding?
    I realise that if she is egg-bound, a vet would be the best option, but I unfortunately live remotely and there are no avian vets nearby.

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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    I have no idea how to help on this, but I really wish you luck... If there is a vet thats an hour or two away, I would take her in anyways... I hope everything is okay, keep us updated!!!

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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    Quote Originally Posted by Squeakers411 View Post
    I have no idea how to help on this, but I really wish you luck... If there is a vet thats an hour or two away, I would take her in anyways... I hope everything is okay, keep us updated!!!
    Unfortunately, the closest vet is just too far away. And, being a fairly flighty bird, I don't think the trip would do her well. It would cause her too much stress I think.

    I turned the shower on, so she's in a nice steamy room now. I guess it's just a matter of waiting now, though

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    good luck... i hope everything turns out ok!

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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    Rico's first clutch Mar 07, she had incident such as you describe. She laid a couple eggs normally, then got real weak, couldn't fly, had moments were she looked like she was hyperventalating....the egg came out on schedule, but she was very weak for the duaration of that clutch. Vet told me to give her 6mo-1yr off from laying any eggs. At somepoint during that bit of egg laying, I got the advice to add crushed oyster shell powder to her food and that really seemed to make the difference, she seemed stronger about 1-2 weeks after the powder on every bowl of food she was given. Though it took her about 5-6 weeks before she was flying normally again.

    I do hope she passes this and comes through ok without internal issues!
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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    i really feel for you.
    I would have suggested steam as well.
    Please keep us up dated.
    Wishing you luck.
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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    How's she doing Ayane?

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    Re: EMERGENCY! Egg bound lovebird

    i guess its too late by now, but i have heard of submersing the birds up to the neck in warm water... obviously the water is a lubricant, and it changes the pressure. that said this was a VERY tame bird who was used to baths.

    how is she?

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