Last year I posted about my budgie Sammy who began laying eggs at the time. She laid 8 eggs last year and then by moving her cage around, rearranging her toys, and frequently picking her up off the ground, we got her to stop for 9-weeks. Unfortunately, over about the last month and a half she started laying again and has laid another 12 eggs. She is currently laying every 3 days.
I continue to move her cage around the house and even bought her a new larger cage. The new cage did not make any difference. I have tried dummy eggs but cannot tell if that is helping at all. Sometimes, I keep her with me in a quiet room where I work and she is pretty calm all day but then she still lays on the usual schedule. I think she is a chronic egg layer.
I give her plenty of sources of calcium including cuttlebone, crushed egg shell from Twin Beaks, and most recently Calciboost powder sprinkled on her millet. The Calciboost has calcium and D3. We also have very hard water here and as such there is a lot of calcium in the water. It is well water.
Would giving her too much calcium be contributing to more egg laying? I want to give her enough to prevent egg binding but not so much that she keeps laying more.
I have been reading about a product called Harrison’s Releaves that in some cases helps with chronic egg laying. Does anyone have any experience with this?
I know it is often recommend to contact Avian vets but there is none here. I have taken my birds in for beak trims and illness to a local vet who works with birds but she told me she is not Avian certified. The nearest one is about 2.5 hours drive away from here.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
I'm wishing Sammy all the best.
Please be sure to update us on her condition.