Hello, all; Baby, my blue quaker, who is 8, has laid eggs all but one of the 5 years I've had her. The most she's laid in any one summer was 11, but it took her all summer to do that. This summer, she has laid on these dates: May 9, 12, 14, 23, 25, 27, June 5, 8, 17. So we're up to 9 already. In a desperate attempt to get her to slow down or stop, I bought a set of dummy quaker eggs and a nesting bowl, which I put into her cage on June 11, per instructions. She promptly turned it over and tossed the 6 eggs and nesting material everywhere. But June 13, I got her to sit on the nest of 6 eggs for 10 minutes. But no sitting since then.
I've tried all the other usual remedies--careful touch, no mushy foods, no cuddles, more hours of sleep (cage covered--don't know if she's actually sleeping), etc. I am also feeding her eggs back to her (boiled and crushed, a spoonful in her treat dish) when I can prevent them from breaking. So far, her eggs appear fine, but I've got a looonnngg summer ahead of me. Any ideas? Today, she's sitting very quietly, fluffed, and doing the bouncy quaker thing. When I approach her, that behavior intensifies, so I'm trying to just let her be. Any ideas? Have any of you had success with dummy eggs? I'm getting to where I dread summer because my gal is so miserable most of it, and I am, too.
Hi, sorry I cant be much help. I've never had this problem with a Quaker I had an egg laying problem with a finch, for her I rearranged her cage, only put in small seed cups or side feeders so she wouldn't sit inside and lay. I think I've read on here before that someone had a vet give hormone shots to help their bird. Fingers crossed you get your relaxed Baby back
Does she have a nest box? She may not think the conditions are good enough for taking care of babies. If they're not fertile it's not a bad thing for her to abandon the eggs.
Wait until she for sure has abandoned them to remove them, or replace them with fake eggs. That will keep her from laying more.
Also, make sure she has plenty of calcium in her diet.
Dani and Zach ---------- FIDS: Taz (Cockatiel), Chewy (Quaker) and Lily (Budgie); Bilbo (Dog); Diablo (Cat); Mr. Newt; Fish; Camelia aka Cami (Horse); Pork Chop (Guinea Pig) Rehomed: Mickey the pigeon, Gypsy the horse, and 4 of the Jackson 5 (Diamond Doves) RIP: Arnie, Conan, Sammy, Petey, Ms. Praying Mantis, Tito, Pico, Mantis Shrimp, Fuzzy Lionfish, and Phoenix
If all goes well and the eggs are fertile , they should hatch sometime in January. She does have a nest box at the side of the cage, She threw out some of the eggs from the box in December but for some unknown reason kept this 4. These is an abundance of Calcium food that I give them daily. Egg food is available along with fresh boiled eggs crushed along with the shell, also broccoli and fresh fruits daily.