budgie eggs (urgent help - please)

by hayley
(oxfordshire)

Hello, I have three budgies, two females together and one male on his own in the cage, they are all in the same room, I have recently noticed that one of my female budgies has been plucking at her feathers and has a lump in her abdomen, I have taken her to three vets now and the last vet was superb, I have had her blood tests and calcium checks completed under anaesthetic, she has come round fine, she's a very resilient bird, I am confused as to why she is pulling her feathers out as she has her companion in the cage with her - (platonic friendship) and their toys are changed every three weeks, I let them out whenever I can and when I'm home, I have been doing a lot of overtime recently and they have not been out as much, could this be the reason why she's pulling her chest feathers out?, also I am concerned as to whether she is egg-bound, or whether the egg is still forming and isn't ready to lay yet, she is still very active, the tests being done are going to find that out, but could you also tell me how long do the eggs take to form? and how long are they supposed to stay in the abdomen? also I have been advised to try liquid paraffin given to her orally with a pipette if she is egg-bound, please can you also advise me if there are any other ideas that may help her release the egg if she is found to be egg-bound? please can you help with this as she has never attempted to lay in the three years that she has been with me. and I am very worried.


many many thanks

Hayley.

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Mar 09, 2012
Urgent Budgie egg bound!
by: Elizabeth

Dear Hayley,
Thank you for writing to our site. I know you are extremely worried about your female budgie. With you not home as much, many species of birds will pluck, mutilate or chew their feathers. If birds receive less attention from their owner, this is common.This places more stress on the bird,as they become bored. (just since the other two haven't exhibited the same behavior, each bird reacts differently to their environment)

If she was egg bound, I'm sure the vet would've, by examination known. Is he an Avian Vet? They are few and far between! I can't know what that bulge could be without seeing her, or what is going on.

Please don't try any home remedies, passed on by well intentioned people! She may not be egg bound, yet may have one of many reproductive problems. A bulge in the abdomen could very likely be a hernia, yolk peritonitis, or a swollen ovary. If you give her a remedy for egg binding when it may be another condition, you may do her more harm. So as I said please get your budgie back to the vet, having made up a list of every question you can think of. That's what the vet is there for!

If by some chance by the time you receive this information, you have seen the vet, gotten the results back please let us know how she is and what the problem was.(If she is egg bound the Vet will likely administer Lupron or another similar medication)to help her with delivering the egg) If you've seen she has dropped an egg or 3, please make sure you provide her with a breeding box with cozy aspen shavings. Pine is toxic to most birds.

Please let us know how your bird is, after you see her Vet.I certainly hope your questions were answered.

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