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    Missouri Star

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    Default Its definitely a girl

    So, its official. After 32 years of having Sammy Jo...aka Samatha Josephine or Samuel Joseph as our adoptive Mc Caw family member...we now know that she is a girl. At Christmas, we gave her a big box that a mattress topper arrived in and she has been nesting for nearly a month in it tearing up Christmas wrapping and cardboard. We have taped it and replaced cardboard sides and she continued to chew and voila...today she dropped an egg....this is not a good thing. We were letting her play because she was being quiet and we were enjoying not having to take care and entertain her...but it turns out...she laid the egg and I looked it up...without a mate, this is dangerous and she could develop all kind of bad things from osteosporosis to egg binding. I removed the nesting box tonight and took it away and the poor thing has searched everywhere for it. I hope by tomorrow she forgets and we just go back to being normal birdbrain parents.

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    Missouri Star

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    Wow, that is incredible. I guess I don't know much about this bird.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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    I had a parakeet that did that and just kept on laying eggs. I gave her back to the people I bought her from and told them to breed her. I don't know what happened after that. I hope that made her happy. She had 15 before I took her back and was afraid she would get weak and sick.

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    I know this isn't quite the same thing, but in Rhode Island they have a huge problem with overpopulation of swans. They're aggressive to smaller birds and they compete with the smaller birds for food. To manage the problem, the Dept. of Environmental Mgmt. goes into the nest, removes the eggs, basically shakes them to destroy the embryo and then return the egg to the nest. Maybe you could replace her egg with a similar size fake egg so she wouldn't be so upset.

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    Default Re: Its definitely a girl

    Click image for larger version. 

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    I read all I could last night and it said I should not encourage her by leaving the egg with her. So everything was removed and this morning she is back to normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelea View Post
    ...the Dept. of Environmental Mgmt. goes into the nest, removes the eggs, basically shakes them to destroy the embryo and then return the egg to the nest.
    Jobs your high school guidance counselor never told you about. Professional Swan Egg Shaker.
    Loosely based on a true story.

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    I lost my cockatiel to complication of egg binding. I tried everything to get her out of the mind set. Part of my problem was the caging, her cage door was only closed at night time and during the day she would come/go as she pleased when I was home. She wanted to be where the action was. Like a little puppy following me around. Sit on your shoulders especially if you snacking on food. Found out she was actually doing the nesting thing under furniture, fooled me on our peek a boo game.

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    WOW! Yes to discouraging her!

    Our cockatiel started laying eggs and what a painful thing that became. She would flop and scream. Literally I thought she was going to die.

    I had to darken her room and change cage types before she stopped.

    In her flopping she broke her wing getting it caught in her cage wire.

    We bought her as a male.....yeah not male.

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    This is so interesting! I know nothing about birds. Have you spoke with a vet? Maybe they might have some ideas on things you could do to help her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    Jobs your high school guidance counselor never told you about. Professional Swan Egg Shaker.
    This made me lol!

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