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    How To Tell If Your Pet Bird is Gravid

    ArticleBird AdviceMonday 28 February 2011
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    Pet birds do not get “pregnant”, however, they lay eggs to later hatch. This condition is known as being “gravid”. But how can you tell if your female pet bird is “gravid”?

     

    Pay attention to the bird’s behaviour, if it has been kept in close quarters with a male bird. If the bird starts to build a nest it is probably planning on laying eggs. Also, the bird might become more aggressive than usual, and more prone to spending a lot of time on its own in a corner of its living area – both conserving energy and guarding the place it will lay its eggs.

     

    A bird’s belly will become rounder and will possibly show signs of hair loss on this area, known as a “brood patch”.

     

    The easiest way to find out, of course, is to take your female bird to a veterinary practice. Your vet will check for signs of swelling from the eggs and will confirm whether or not the bird is “gravid”. If a bird is gravid, it won’t be long till the eggs are laid – the process lasts no longer than a fortnight.

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