It is not uncommon for parakeets to lay eggs in their cage. The nesting instinct can happen without warning, and your pet may decide the best place to put her egg is on the floor of the cage.
This does not mean that she doesn’t like you or wants a larger nest box; it just means she feels safe enough in her current environment to do so. It is up to you whether or not you want to provide her with a new, bigger nesting area- but if you don’t want more eggs on your floor, make sure there are no closed doors nearby where she could find privacy!
Your parakeet lays an egg on the cage floor. What’s wrong?
Parakeets, just like all other feathered creatures, reproduce by laying eggs. You may notice that your parakeet built a nest and now she lays her eggs in it. However, instead of placing it there, she lays it on the ground beneath the nest or even elsewhere in its cage.
Why did my parakeet do this?
There are several possible reasons for your female bird to lay eggs outside of the nesting box. She might not be comfortable building a nest because you’ve changed something about her environment (for example, you bought a new toy).
The nesting material (shavings/twigs) might have become dirty due to her droppings, so she might have decided to lay them elsewhere. The most common reason is that a parrot feels secure enough in its cage not to use the nest as a safe place to incubate its eggs. Consult an experienced avian vet if you see no signs of egg-laying behavior.
How should I react?
If your bird laid an egg outside of her nest box, don’t panic! Leave it where it is and wait for about two days. If you clean up or remove her eggs too early, she may build a new nest and lay more eggs there again.
In rare cases (especially with cockatoos), female birds tend to destroy their own eggs – they peck holes into the shell before or after the eggs are laid.
To discourage her from laying another egg outside of the nest, place a mirror on your bird’s side of the cage and put a bowl filled with water on the opposite end (or just push it close enough for her to reach).
The reflection in the mirror should keep her company while she is brooding. You can also try adding new enrichment toys such as chewable wood blocks to make sure that your parakeet does not feel bored or lonely.
How long does it take for my pet to lay an egg?
It usually takes between two to four weeks for a parrot to lay at least one egg, depending on its species. Some birds might take up to six months or even longer before they decide the egg has been laid or they eat the egg.
If this happens, it is usually because the hen was not properly introduced to the male, she does not feel safe in her environment, or she feels that her eggs will be taken away (such as during an avian vet visit).
Laying eggs can be normal behavior for a female parrot – don’t worry if your parakeet lays an egg on the cage floor, but you should check with your own veterinarian first!
I hope this article answers some of your questions about whether it’s ok for my bird to lay eggs and how I should react. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
My parakeet lays eggs in the cage – what should I do?
It’s springtime, but there is no baby birds’ insight (that’s a good thing!). Your parrot built a beautiful nest in one corner of its cage, and all day long she sits there… waiting.
You’ve read online about egg-laying behavior, so you know that your feathered friend might lay an egg any time soon. Is she really going to… or should you be worried?
First of all, let’s forget about your pet for a minute. You’re worried that your parakeet will lay an egg because you have heard stories from friends about birds who laid eggs in their house or apartment – and they weren’t able to get rid of the smell! It does sound bad, doesn’t it?
I’ve been there too… but you don’t need to worry if this happens in your home. Here are some reasons why bird owners keep having problems with chickens laying eggs around the house:
In most cases, people didn’t know what was happening and tried to remove the eggs (instead of leaving them where they were) – maybe even throwing them away! If you throw out an egg accidentally, don’t panic- your parrot won’t know that it has been removed and will lay another egg in its place.
How do you recognize egg-laying behavior? You don’t! Egg-laying is a normal part of bird behavior, so you can’t tell if your pet wants to lay an egg or if she just does it because it feels good, just like humans do.
If your bird builds a nest outside of the cage, then yes she has nesting instincts and will probably try to incubate the eggs there. However, some birds have no nesting instinct at all (such as Senegal Parrots ) and they are perfectly happy laying their eggs in their cage.
We recently wrote an article about why birds build nests. Instead, we now will be talking about the next step which is actually allowing them to lay their eggs in these nests.
There are a few things that need to be addressed before you let this happen so if you want your new baby bird or adult bird(s)to be happy and healthy then maybe you should read this article and pay attention to what needs to happen.
First, a few facts: –As mentioned before, birds are very territorial.
They don’t want other mates near their nest or eggs so if you would allow your bird to lay eggs outside of its cage or pen there may be some problems that could occur. It is possible for another mate to see the eggs as an invasion into his territory so he must destroy it in order for it to be safe again.
Now, this isn’t always true and also depends on the type of bird because not all parrots have strong enough instincts like this but for the most part yes—the male might try to take over your bird’s nesting site when she’s not paying attention. — Birds also feel more comfortable laying eggs in their own nest because they will know it’s safe and the babies will be protected while growing up.
This is a very strong instinct and it can’t be controlled by just talking to your bird or doing one thing or another. If you are trying to get them to lay their eggs somewhere else most likely they will end up in your aviary or parakeet cage instead of outside.
If this does happen then don’t panic! Just like humans, if a baby doesn’t come out on time then waiting for a while until it comes out makes no sense, making yourself crazy and upset by removing the nesting materials from its area. It might take a few days but eventually your baby bird should pop out.
There is also a possibility that you could end up with two eggs which would be okay as long as both of the chicks come out healthy and fine.
The first thing that needs to be done when you want your bird to lay eggs outside its cage is to make sure that the surrounding area is safe for her. You don’t want any toxic plants in the area or anywhere near the nest so if this does happen then get rid of them before you set it up.
Sometimes people have an aviary full of safety mesh and places for their bird to roost and play on at night but they don’t realize that there are vines growing inside it- once again, get rid of these because no matter how safe you think your aviary is there is always a chance that your bird could decide to build its nest near these things.
This will be a very stressful time for your parakeet because it has to think about the safety of where its eggs are going to be, they can’t afford to make mistakes so if you see them walking around the cage more than usual and just moving from place to place than this means that they are making their nests outside of the cage or pen.
If you do notice this then try putting food (a fresh piece) in one area of their cage for them so they will know exactly where their home base is now- not outside.
Depending on how old your bird is, and how long you have had him/her will determine what type of nest they will make. A one-year-old bird will make a small bowl out of leaves, sticks, and possibly some cotton rope if you have let them play with it from the moment they were born or if your older bird is prone to playing with the string.
It may not look pretty but it’s better than nothing right?
It’s very important that you put something soft in there for her because she won’t be comfortable laying eggs on something hard like wood or concrete. Bird babies are very fragile when they come out so any hard objects around their body can cause harm.
If you do end up seeing an egg then don’t panic! Just scoop it up into your hands carefully and keep track of the other eggs until they finish coming out.
Once They are all out then it’s all good. It is also possible that your bird could need some extra calcium or vitamins to help her lay healthy eggs so I would suggest talking to an avian vet if this happens or you could just do the same thing yourself and get this at a pet store for them.
If you can’t find anything wrong with the conditions of where your bird lays its eggs outside its cage then you shouldn’t panic because there must have been another reason why they made their nests there in the first place.
They may not be comfortable laying eggs in a small little space like their parakeet cages but instead, prefer seeing more area rather than being restricted to one spot. This happened with my African Grey and Cockatiels, if you have a large aviary then this wouldn’t be a problem.
I kept trying to put my bird in a breeder box which only left her more confused and stressed out so instead, I bought one (a medium-sized) that she could move around to find the spot that she wanted.
This way she had enough space for her to lay eggs comfortably and keep an eye on its surroundings at the same time. Sometimes birds like this still prefer laying their eggs outside of their cage but their owners are just more comfortable knowing that there is a secure area for them to lay eggs in.
There was also another problem, my bird wouldn’t stop laying eggs in her cage no matter how we tried to help her- this could have happened because she wasn’t getting enough food or water in the cage and had to go find what she needed.
I would suggest talking to an avian vet about your parakeet because they will know if it’s something serious or not and then you can take care of it as soon as possible.-
If you try everything that has been given on here then there shouldn’t be any problems with your parakeet laying eggs outside its cage; however, if you see that it’s still building a cage because they don’t feel safe inside or maybe just not ready yet! If this does happen then let it go until your bird feels comfortable with where it lives- don’t force them into a space that they aren’t fully comfortable with. Just give them some time.
To avoid this situation, keep your parakeet’s cage clean. Feed the bird healthy foods and provide plenty of fresh water to drink. You should also make sure that you have a good sized perch for your pet to sleep on at night so it can rest comfortably without having to worry about falling off the side of its nest or landing awkwardly in an egg-laying position.
If these basic steps are not followed, there is a possibility that eggs will be laid on the floor where they could potentially get smothered by other nesting materials such as straw bedding or spilled food particles from previous meals (which may cause bacteria growth).