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Old 09-22-2015, 10:11 PM
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I'm not exactly sure if this an emergency or not - If it isn't, I want to do what I can to prevent an emergency in the near future...
My hen, The Princess, is 7. She has not gone into season since year one, when her cere turned brown, and protruded greatly. But in the past 10 days or so, her cere seems to be browning again, and her abdomen seems to be rather swollen - she's not fluffed up, just swollen around her vent area. She spends much of the time crouching, and/or with her head tucked under her wing.
I had been putting liquid kelp (iodine supplement) into the water - do you think that has anything to do with hormonal changes? (I stopped today).
Does anyone recognize this condition, and what, if anything, to do about it? I had a hen who died from egg binding around age 5 many years ago - I didn't know what to do at the time...

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Ollie,

Some budgie breeders use iodine supplements to enhance the metabolism and stimulate the birds to breed.

There is a chance that you've inadvertently done this with Princess.
Additionally, one side-effect of too much iodine is unusual tiredness.

Make sure she's warm enough and that she has access to plenty of calcium and is getting enough Vitamin D3 so that if she does lay an egg the shell won't be too soft.

https://www.peteducation.com/article....+1829&aid=3060

https://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet...g-in-birds/863

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https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...w-treated.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...cium-diet.html

https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...itamin-d3.html


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Thank you, Deb - I just had a feeling about that today.
I already supplement their food with Soluvite D, and have a cuttlebone and mineral block, but I haven't seen her go for either one - do you think some liquid calcium might be in order to make sure she gets extra calcium just for the time being?
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I don't have experience with egg laying, as all my birds are male except Mink who is less than 6 months old. I was originally hesitant to get a female because these potential reproductive issues seem 'scary' to me!

Good luck with The Princess, Ollie! Looks like Deb has some great info there.
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Hi Ollie,

It's normal when females go into condition for the area on their vent to be somewhat fluffier, this is how their bodies react in order to be better prepared for potential matings and for the whole breeding and laying process.
Just a very slight swelling doesn't mean she will lay one or more eggs.
Now is the time to discourage potential brooding behaviour, by not giving your Princess access to any dark hiding areas nor nesting sites.

If in fact you do notice the swelling on the vent increasing in size, that's when she does have an egg and as the time approaches you will also notice a massive increase on the size of her droppings.
Even if she ends up laying an egg, it shouldn't be troublesome, since your Princess is on a good diet and has unlimited access to a calcium source.

Good luck with Princess.
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I hope Princess will be alright Ollie...
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Hi, Ollie, keep us informed of any other changes. Try not to worry to much. Just observe and keep short light hours, reduce protein content in diet. If anything you are being too good to your birds. Give her a little extra exercise and things to chew like Kabobs, manu roses, and a lava rock if you do not already have them, to keep her busy. If the vent area becomes flaccid you might rub with a little warm olive oil. Prayers and Blessings. Jo Ann
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aluz and Jo Ann have offered excellent suggestions, Ollie.

Please keep us updated on how Princess Beatrice is doing.
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Thanks so much for all your support - it has greatly calmed me down! I will definitely keep you updated on The Princess' condition
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