Egg binding is a condition that occurs when the egg becomes too large for the cockatiel to pass. It’s a very serious condition that can happen for a variety of reasons, such as breeding too young. We discuss this issue in this article.
Because of the seriousness of egg binding, It’s important to know all the symptoms to look for and what to do if you think your cockatiel is egg bound.
So, What are the symptoms of egg binding in cockatiels?
A female bird will start showing signs of egg binding when her eggs are too large or the process of laying them has been occurring for a long time, causing more pressure on the cloaca area than normal. The most common symptom that people notice with an egg-bound bird is lethargy, inactivity, and lack of appetite.
Some other terms to refer to this are “Post-ovulatory stasis”, “Impacted Oviducts”, “Dystocia” and “Egg retention”.
Some egg binding symptoms that are worth noting include:
- A swollen cloaca area can lead to increased pressure on the eggs.
- Difficulty breathing due to abdominal enlargement from excessive fluid buildup.
- A discharge from the cloaca that is clear or yellowish.
- A fluffed-up appearance (less than usual) in a cockatiel is an indication of a problem.
- An unbalanced cockatiel on a perch is one of the most common signs of egg binding.
- Reduced or no fecal production
- Swollen abdomen which should be fairly noticeable right away.
- Lameness seems to come randomly or lasts for a long time. Such as a leg or wing that looks to be almost paralyzed.
- Being weaker, or looking generally weak.
- Depression (absence of singing or playing with toys). An owner can always tell.
- You may notice your cockatiel’s tail wagging (or bobbing) when she tries to lay an egg.
- Fecal matter is all white.
- The cockatiel sits at the bottom of its cage rather than its perch.
- Visible straining.
- Shortness of breath
- An unexplained decrease in your bird’s appetite could be a sign of egg binding.
What causes egg binding?
While the exact reason for egg binding can vary greatly, and in some cases have no obvious cause at all, there are a few very important and the most often to be blamed culprits. These include:
- Trauma. The symptoms of trauma are not always easy to spot, but there are warning signs. This can include physical trauma and even emotional trauma in the form of stress.
- The environment in which the cockatiel lives is at risk of having a lack of calcium or other vitamins such as selenium, vitamin E, vitamin A, and protein. It’s important cockatiels get a well-balanced diet suited for their nutritional needs. This is especially true if they are active breeders.
- A cockatiel with no opportunity to engage in a healthy amount of exercise is more likely to suffer from egg binding. Inactivity.
- A cockatiel bird may have trouble laying eggs if the cage lacks a nesting area or a nesting area appropriate for her. She may try to retain her eggs if she can not find a good place to lay, which can cause binding.
- Deformed reproductive system, genetic abnormalities, and physical deformations of external and internal reproductive organs.
- Stress, usually from overcrowding, under crowding, or loud noises. View our stress article here.
- Excessive egg-laying.
If you believe your cockatiel is currently suffering from egg binding, please contact your veterinarian. it is considered a medical emergency.