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    GCC and egg binding

    OK, so I got the results in on my baby and she is a she. She's only a baby still, but how often do GCCs get egg bound? Is it something I really need to worry about and keep an eye out for? I was so hoping the results would come back as male so I wouldn't have to worry about this

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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    I'm a member of quite a few forums, most of which have several GCC owners. I can't recall anyone running into egg-binding but that doesn't mean that it won't happen.

    I'd be sure to keep in eye on things like lighting and nest areas (I'd refrain from using a Happy Hut or any other sort of nesty-looking enclosure in a cage).

    Best of luck and fingers crossed that egg-binding doesn't rear its ugly head!
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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    Thanks. I won't give her a Happy Hut anyway after hearing the horror stories of loose threads and such. Right now she's got a bunch of toys and her boing and several other kinds of perches but nothing at all nesty. I'll just make sure to keep it that way. Thanks again

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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    It's not common but it can always happen. In addition to avoiding creating a nesting area, feed a lot of calcium rich foods. Cuttlebones are great as are scrambled eggs, with the shell.

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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    I thought the same thing when I found out my gcc was a female... but i'm finding out that egg binding isn't a big deal. As they said, don't give nesting material, and keep a calcium perch and a cuttle bone in the cage at all times to help keep calcium levels up. IF she does lay, you just leave the eggs in there until she gets bored of them. If you take them out, she will instinctively lay more, and this is what will cause calcium deficiencies leading to egg binding. Not a big deal.

    Happy huts are perfectly safe as long as you keep your eye on them. If you read the stories, they are all from people who had let their bird chew a hole in the hut or people who weren't paying attention to it. I have one for my girl right now, I take it out of her sleep cage weekly to inspect it. She hasn't been chewing it at all. Once it is worn out, I am going to get a different style - but there are plenty of styles out there (I believe one is sold by Pampered Peeps Aviary - google it). But I would recommend something of the like.. she loves hers!
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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    The only hen that I've had get egg bound was one of my GCCs.

    However, that was my fault. She was a pet and I got slack with the calcium and more the problem with her the D3. Just didn't think. she ended up having surgery and teh issue was that she was D3 deficient. Felt really stupid especially because I am a breeder and she was one of my past babies. Walked in after the surgery to pick her and said to the vet well this is where I stuffed up. He just said yep, at least I don't need to lecture you.

    Coming up to breeding season just make sure that her calcium intake is up either with foods or a supplement. As far as D3, either get her out in sunlight for a few hours a week, try one of those lights or give a supplement.

    It is uncommon and this one was my own fault. It was only because I recognised the signs that I realised what was going on and got her to the vet quickly.

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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    thanks everyone. she's always got a cuttlebone, hasn't been crazy about the scrambled eggs with shells that I've tried before but I'll keep trying as she isn't a real adventerous eater. when the weather is nice I've been putting her and the budgies out on our enclosed porch so they get the sunshine and fresh air and a change of scenery. unfortunately that season has come to an end I know the people I got her from sell a dietary supplement. I'll make sure to discuss it with them next time I stop in. thanks again.

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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    Quote Originally Posted by CRToon83 View Post
    but i'm finding out that egg binding isn't a big deal.
    Actually, egg binding IS a very big deal. It is physically draining at best and can be fatal at worst. That is why it is essential to limit breeding/hormonal triggers.

    To be fair, it does seem that egg laying (and the potential for binding) is most common amongst cockatiels and lovebirds.
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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    I have to agree with Elize here. Totally threw me when Rebel was eggbound. Cockatiels are generally the most likely of birds to end up with excessive egglaying, egg binding, all the fun things.

    Generally doesn't happen with GCCs but having gone through it with mine (5 female cockatiels and none of them have gotten into that much trouble) it can happen.

    It certainly is a big deal. if I hadn't got Rebel to the vet when I did I would have lost her. This can very quickly go from a hiccup to an emergency life threatening situation. There was no way that my girl was going to pass the egg as it was too large and soft shelled. When I left her for surgery i was aware that she may come back to me with a hysterectomy. As it was the vet managed to avoid it but i'm still cautious as to whether I'd allow her to breed just in case there's any scar tissue left from it.

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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    Quote Originally Posted by eliza View Post
    Actually, egg binding IS a very big deal. It is physically draining at best and can be fatal at worst.
    I'm sorry, I don't think I made myself clear. What I meant to say is that with proper nutrition and care, it's not very likely to happen.
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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    sam.. what is her primary diet? If she's not eating pellets, that's the first thing I would start working on. Amongst other good features, quality pellets will have a good amount of calcium and D3, and you won't have to worry as much.
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    Re: GCC and egg binding

    Quote Originally Posted by CRToon83 View Post
    sam.. what is her primary diet? If she's not eating pellets, that's the first thing I would start working on. Amongst other good features, quality pellets will have a good amount of calcium and D3, and you won't have to worry as much.
    she gets zupreem pellets, a little seed, and fresh veggies and fruit every day. she also gets other things offered regularly but tends to leave them.

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