Some of you might remember Chicken, my green cheeked conure. She is six years old and lives with Kiwi, a five year old (I assume male) maroon bellied conure. I'd rather not talk about hybridization in this thread, If future browsers of this forum wish to know more about hybridization, they can use the search feature.
About two weeks ago, Chicken pulled out all the feathers on her belly, pretty much overnight. She has always been a feather destroyer, even before she was weaned, but had never plucked them before. I was very upset about this! A couple days later, I saw an egg broken on the floor of the cage and removed it. I added an extra cuttlebone and mineral block and cut back the time her UV light is on.
She continued to lay eggs, I found each one broken on the floor. I realize that having a nest box will encourage birds to breed, but I got one for her in the hopes that she would stop laying them on the floor to break. If she keeps breaking them, she will just keep laying eggs to replace the lost ones.
She is up to six eggs laid now, one is still intact in the nest box, which she is using. She doesn't seem to be incubating the egg, which makes me wonder if she plans to lay more.
Tonight I brought home a breeding formula pellet food, multivitamin, and a liquid calcium supplement. The last thing I want is for her to lose weight or become egg bound.
She is acting totally normal and even comes out to play and lets me pet her. Kiwi is acting a little protective of her and the nest, but when he is outside of the cage, he is his normal sweet self.
How many eggs can a conure lay before being in danger of severe stress and calcium depletion? I've read that canaries and similar birds may pull out some feathers on their bellies during breeding. Has this ever been documented in parrots? Or did she pull her feathers out probably from stress?
R to L: Contessa, red-lored amazon; Kiwi, maroon-bellied conure; Chicken, green cheeked conure.
Chicken dancing movie--