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Old 07-05-2016, 12:24 PM
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Hi,

I have a bourke parakeet (lives alone, no mate,infertile eggs) who is a chronic egg layer over the past months. We've tried everything (except hormone shots) to get her to stop laying but nothing seemed to work.

A few days ago she laid a 3rd egg in this clutch and now cannot move her legs/feet. She can fly (although we don't let her so she doesn't hurt herself). She eats/drinks but obviously isn't herself because she cannot get around easily.

Her diet is varied including: seeds/pellets/veggies/millet/calcium perch

Since she has laid so many eggs I am sure she has depleted her calcium.

I was wondering if any of you had experienced anything like this. I am trying to speak to an experienced avian vet - there is one vet in my area but they are not too experienced in bird and I am very leary of them anyway as they did not do my pet (not a bird)right in a previous experience.

Any insight is appreciated.

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Old 07-05-2016, 12:29 PM
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I would do my best to get her to an Avian Vet for treatment as quickly as possible.

This list should be helpful:

https://www.gcbclub.org/vetlist.pdf

Here is another option:
Vet specialties avian & exotics | MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets | Emergency and Specialty Vets


Wishing your little girl all the best. I sincerely hope the Avian Vet will be able to help her.
Please be sure to update us on her condition.
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Oh no I'm so sorry.I agree with faerybee as well.hopefully the vet can help you bird somehow.please keep us posted.Sending healing and comforting prayers for your bird.Blessings
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Sorry about your Bourke. I hope she's back to good health soon.
I agree she needs to see a avian vet soon.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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My hen used to act arthritic when she was constantly producing eggs. She had trouble getting around the cage but could fly no problem (and climb around in the curtains). I can tell you that her condition didn't improve on its own; I couldn't give her enough calcium supplements to keep up with what she was producing and that leads to other health issues.

Three eggs seems like a low number, mine laid a clutch of nine before I took her box away but she kept producing anyway and struggled to lay them on her own. There are a number of things you can do to help discourage egg production like limiting the amount of daylight she's exposed to during these long summer days, removing dark places she might be eyeing as a place to nest, etc.

Ultimately you should find a good avian vet who can give you some long term solutions because from my experience, once it starts it doesn't stop and it doesn't end well.
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Kim, I'm sorry to hear about your Bourke girl!

From what I know, sometimes an egg can press on the nerves that go to the legs (esp. when chronic egg laying is a case) and cause paralysis for different periods of time.

However, there is nothing you can do for her until you get a professional opinion, and as mentioned above, this really is the only option since you know her egg laying is chronic.

I'm hoping you're able to find a good avian vet and your little girl pulls through!

Please keep us posted on how she does!
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Thank you all so much for the advice and well wishes. She is doing slightly better this afternoon, very alert, eating.

I will keep you posted on what the vet says tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone!! Keep the positive thoughts coming, I truly appreciate it. She is a wonderful companion I hate seeing her like this.
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Reproductive issues are rough, it's an exhausting cycle of good days and bad days.

Best of luck at the vet, hope they're able to help you and your little girl!
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Hi all, quick update. They think it may be a calcium deficiency due to all of the eggs she has laid in the past several months. They gave us calcium and recommended an avian light, 4-6 hrs/day on low. She is also now eating Harrison's High Potency Super Fine.

She has greatly improved since I wrote the other day. She's not 100% but much better. They said to let them know how she is in one week.

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Thank you for the update, Kim.
I was wondering how she is doing.
I truly hope the calcium supplements and Vitamin D3 from the avian light will help her.
I'll be looking forward to your next update.

Best Wishes.
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