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    Telling if a Bird is Pregnant

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    It is impossible for bird pregnancy to occur because birds lay eggs to reproduce. There is therefore no way of telling a pregnant bird because it doesn’t exist. Although you do not get pregnant birds, they will show some signs that they are going to lay eggs. If you have a male and female bird in a cage the chances are that the female will lay eggs. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

     

    How to Tell if a Bird is Going to Lay Eggs

     

    Be attentive to your bird’s behaviour:

    • You might notice that your bird is trying to make a nest out of any material that is available to her in the cage.
    • Your female bird might spend more time perching in the same place than usual. Birds like to sit still and store the energy needed to make eggs.
    • Some female birds get more aggressive than usual.
    • Your bird might hide in a corner.

     

    Stay aware of physical signs:

    • Your bird might show some feather loss on her belly. This is called the brood patch and will occur right before the eggs are laid.
    • You might also notice that your bird’s belly is rounder than usual.

     

    Take your bird to the vet:

    • A vet will be able to feel for swelling caused by eggs.
    • A vet will also know how to check the cloaca (reproductive opening of birds) for hanging or swelling.
    • You must be quick as egg making only takes a few days.

     

     

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