How Do I Know If My Parakeet Is Going to Lay Eggs?

Warning

Parakeets can have eggs even without male mates. Remove the eggs from the cage if there is no male to fertilize the eggs. Do not attempt to touch the parakeet when it is trying to lay an egg. This will stress the parakeet and make it uncomfortable. Discourage your female from laying eggs after she has had one set of eggs during the season. Remove the nesting box and place her back in with other birds. Laying too many eggs is not healthy for parakeets.

Tip

Remove the other birds from the cage if there is more than one pair of birds in the cage. This will allow your female parakeet to feel safe and comfortable enough to lay the egg.

Look for signs that your female parakeet will lay eggs.

A female parakeet usually starts laying eggs during the spring and will lay eggs with or without a mate. You can tell if your parakeet is a female by looking closely at the beak. Female parakeets usually have pink or brown beaks, while males have blue beaks. Your female parakeet will usually start mating with the male at any time after she is 6 months old. She will continue to lay eggs and mate with her chosen mate for her entire life.

Step 1

Watch your parakeet for signs.

Watch your parakeets for signs of the female wanting to lay an egg. She will start to tear up the newspaper at the bottom of the cage to make a nest. She will also sit in the bottom of the cage for periods of time instead of sitting on the perches like she normally does.

Step 2

If you are concerned take your parakeet to an avian vet.

Observe the female parakeet in the cage. If she is sitting on the floor of the cage and straining then she is trying to lay an egg. If she does this for more than a few hours, you should take her to an avian veterinarian.

Step 3

Place a breeding box in your parakeet's cage.

Place a breeding box in the parakeet's cage. The female parakeet will become protective of the breeding box and arrange the newspaper or pine shavings to her liking before she lays the egg. Her mate will help her to arrange the bedding.

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