budgie eggs (urgent help - please)
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