Hi Everyone! I purchased Ollie from a Pet Shop on June 2, 2011. She is the sweetest little tiel ever. The last week she has become quite hormonal, and has been out of sorts at times, so I have been moving her from the bedroom into the livingroom, back and forth sometimes several times a day because she doesn't like the noise of the TV, and seemed to just want to be quiet and "out of sight". Yesterday I read on-line about female tiels egg laying habits, especially during the fall and spring. I have a parakeet also, but both are in separate cages.
So about an hour ago, I took her back to the bedroom, covered her as usual, but checked her every 10 minutes or so because she just wasn't the happy Ollie I know. Low and behold, I uncovered the cage and there she was in the corner of the cage just sitting on the floor. It really scared me. I thought she was sick. So I put my hand into the cage and tried to gently lift her up out of the corner, and about that time she moved a little bit, and sure enough, out popped the egg!! I was simply speechless. So I gave her some scritches, and she was able to get up onto her bird seed cup and then onto the perch. i immediately brought her back out into the living room and took the egg out of the cage. I have boiled it, and am about to put it back into the cage on the floor. I cut up some paper towel and have a plastic lid from a yogurt container for her to sit in. I also have written down the day and time the first egg was laid. And I also marked it. I will do the same for any others she lays in this clutch. Even though she doesn't have a mate I will let her go through the process of sitting on them now. If I don't she will just lay all over again.
I hope I don't have a chronic egg layer on my hands. But if I do, I will deal with it accordingly. I am so happy I gave her such a good seed/pellet diet and she had lots of calcium in her fresh veggies and her cuttle bone, and also had whole wheat bread, white rice cooked on occasion, and her cooked broccoli and carrots. The egg is really, really solid and looks great!!
Thank God I joined this forum and also have done alot of research on tiels. Her behavior the past week did put me on notice that something was definitely going on with her. I had a female tiel a few years ago who was bonded to a male. They were in the same cage. Bella, the female, was almost 15 months old when I introduced the male, Taz to her. In those 15 months Bella never displayed any egg laying behavior and did not lay any eggs until she and Taz bonded as a pair.
So, what a surprising day I've had. Ollie is searching all over for her egg now, and it is cooled off enough I must give it to her.
I'll share the happenings of the next few days and weeks with you on occasion.