Chronic egg laying can also be a problem. Every species has a specific number of cycles throughout the year. If your bird goes through more cycles than it’s supposed to, it could have a medical condition. A veterinarian will explain what you can do to prevent this behavior. According to For the Birds, you can take some steps to discourage your pet from laying eggs, too. Your bird might also need extra nutrition and hormone therapy.
What to Do With Bird Eggs
Females will nest on eggs whether or not they’re fertilized. If you remove an egg from the cage too early, she will replace it with another one. Leave the eggs in the cage for at least three weeks, giving your pet time to finish the nesting cycle. She will be stressed out and protective of her eggs during this time. Taking them out of the cage could make this worse. If you do have to remove an egg, replace it with a marble or similarly sized ball. Most birds will eventually abandon unfertilized eggs when they realize that they won’t hatch. After three weeks, you can also remove one egg from the cage every other day.
If you suspect that the eggs might be fertile, you can usually confirm their state by the fifth day. At this time, you may notice a dark spot inside the egg and blood vessels forming inside. The egg may take on a pinkish tone. You can see this better if you hold up a candle or a flashlight to the egg in a dark room. If you weren’t planning on breeding your birds, you could remove the eggs, replacing them with an adequate substitute.
Protecting Your Bird
Most experts don’t recommend that you keep fertilized eggs unless you’re an experienced breeder. Some people will incubate chicken eggs, but artificial incubation of bird eggs is a complicated process. Plus, caring for bird babies can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. The best thing you can do is talk to a veterinarian about the best way to support your bird’s natural reproductive cycles, provide optimal nutrition and learn how to take the best care for your bird during the process.