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Old 02-28-2017, 09:39 AM
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Default Calcium deposit and fractured egh

It has been laid by my uncles cockatiel last night. Is it calcium deficiency ? As it has calcium deposits over it. Should I keep or remove egg ??

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This egg should be removed. It's broken and leaking so it's a bacteria hazard.

Calcium deposits like this can be a sign of calcium deficiency. A deficiency of Vitamin D3 can also cause problems since it's essential to calcium absorption. It's difficult to get enough D3 unless the bird spends a lot of time outdoors or eats a lot of professionally formulated pellets.

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Agreed, this egg needs to be disposed of, it's broken and no longer viable, and is only going to cause a bacterial growth.

Yes, those deposits are pretty bad, and this is a sign of calcium and vitamin D3 deficiency. You need to make sure your birds have constant access to a calcium block, cuttlebone, and this looks bad enough that I would try to get the bird to an avian vet for a calcium injection if possible. You need to find a supplement that contains vitamin D3 and calcium and add it to your bird's food daily. What do you feed your birds? They should be on a high quality pellet and fresh veggies diet instead of seeds.

In the meantime I wouldn't be breeding this hen, every egg she lays is sucking more and more calcium out of her. The most likely outcome will be this hen becoming egg-bound, which I'm sure you know is quite often fatal.

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This hen needs sunlight (direct,not filtered through the window) and several months of rest. If there are other eggs they should be fostered. I put my hens who are resting in a special cage and put them outside in the sunlight for 1-2 hours every day-to restore that vitamin D in their bodies
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