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Old 03-28-2017, 07:24 AM
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My single Cockatiel laid an egg last week Monday much to my surprise. But she has not laid a second egg as yet. She still sits on her perch, but she does fluff her feathers. She still eats and has a good go at her cuttlebone throughout the day.

What can I do to assist her with passing the egg? She's not used to being handled, so I am so scared that I stress her out even more.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:36 PM
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It doesn't sound as though she's planning to lay another egg. A bird that is egg bound will be in serious distress in less than 24 hours, and won't be acting normal after days and days of it. If you have doubts it is best to see a vet. Birds that aren't too serious about egg laying can lay a single egg and not follow it up with more.
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Is she sitting on the egg? Maybe she just gave up on the clutch halfway through.
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Old 03-29-2017, 02:26 AM
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I had to remove the first egg as it was broken on the bottom of the cage.

I had her in a warm "bath"last night and though she doesn't look very big at the bottom, it does feel like she might have a small egg, also there seems to be a small bit of her vent on the outside.

She's not acting 100% normal. I am at a loss and there's no avian vets in our area.

Would a calcium supplement possibly help her if she does have an egg?
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If part of the vent is hanging outside that's a cloacal prolapse, which is dangerous. I've got some information on egg binding and what to do about a prolapse here: http://www.littlefeatheredbuddies.co...ggbinding.html

Here's an article from Susanne Russo's website, which might also be helpful. I was surprised to find out that she's put a password on the main pages for both her websites, so I can't explore the sites to find out whether there are more helpful articles. But I was able to use google to make this one come up: http://www.justcockatiels.net/egg-related-problems.html
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Old 03-31-2017, 09:34 AM
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I noticed last month when I revisited SR's site that she's getting ready to put out books and paid access to info sites. Whatever she's charging, I'm sure it's totally worth it because there is a LOT of info on those sites.
And to the OP-be very, very cautious about poking around by her vent. If she does have an egg in there and you break it you'll have an entirely new issue to cope with.
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She did that once before and I paid for it. Then a couple of months later it was back to being free again. I don't plan to pay for it a second time.
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I don't know how this ended up, a prolapse is deadly if not intervened by a vet, one way or another, either due to the egg-binding and the actual prolapse, or due to the infection that follows a prolapse 99% of the time. And if she is prolapsed it means that she probably is egg-bound and the prolapse was from her straining.

3 days has gone by since hearing from the OP, I don't have a good feeling about how this ended up. Please let us know if we can help you, if your bird is still alive she needs professional help immediately.

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