You look into your pet’s cage and see that your bird has laid an egg — what should you do? Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you are necessarily going to see a baby bird or that the egg will hatch. It is not uncommon for female parrots to lay eggs, even if a male bird isn’t present. If you see an egg in your parrot’s cage, here is what you need to know.
If you have male and female birds:
If you have both male and female birds at home, there is a chance that your egg is fertile. You can determine if the egg is fertilized by “candling” the egg. This process allows you to see if there is anything inside of the egg without cracking it open. Leave these eggs to the professionals! Take your pet to the vet or a bird breeder if you suspect that the egg may be fertilized.
If you only have a female bird:
Don’t worry, female birds will lay eggs now and then. If it is not fertilized, the egg will not hatch. Just be sure to keep the egg in the cage. If you take the egg away, your bird will just lay another.
During a time that your pet is laying eggs, you will want to make sure that your parrot is getting enough nutrition! Eggs are made of calcium, so they will be slightly calcium depleted after laying an egg. Feed your feathered friend plenty of vegetables and calcium!
If you are looking to add a new feathered friend to your home (all of our parrots are hand fed baby birds) or you need to stock up on pet supplies for your parrot, head over to our Mineola pet store!