why love birds eat their eggs

Why is my parakeet eating her egg

Now that my two parakeets are in the same cage and have reached the age where they can breed, what could be going on? The female laid an egg, which was fine for two or three days until I noticed today that the egg shell was on the bottom of the cage and that the egg was cracked open and had a yellow color on the outside?

This kind of thing does occur, and it usually affects birds that are raised for breeding at an early age. The majority of captive parrots, including parakeets, reach sexual maturity one to several years prior to being fully prepared for reproduction. They don’t bond until they are older, though it’s unclear if they mature this quickly in the wild. However, a bird is not necessarily ready for captivity just because it can breed. It is recommended that parakeets be paired with each other and given a nest box when they are approximately two years old. They are still going through some stages of physical and emotional development before then. Young couples are more concerned with mating than with nesting and tending to their eggs or chicks. This is especially true of the males. Due to the underdeveloped muscles in their reproductive tract, young hens are more likely to become egg bound. Young couples often acquire undesirable habits that will prevent them from ever being good breeders. These include eating eggs, cracking eggs, not sitting on eggs, not providing enough food for the chicks, or even killing the chicks. Therefore, I would remove the box and possibly separate them until they are old enough if this pair is younger than two. The hen will never make a good breeder if she keeps up this habit with the eggs because they usually never break it.

Inadequate nutrition is another reason a hen may break and eat the eggs. A breeding pair requires a cuttlebone, fresh greens, veggies, fruit, and an egg food in addition to a nutritionally balanced diet such as pellets or our foraging diets. A loose seed mixture won’t give them the nourishment they require. The hen consumes her own eggs to replenish her nutrition if she feels too exhausted from the extensive calcium and protein loss that occurs during the formation and laying of each egg.

It sounds like instead of eating the egg, she might have thrown it out of the nest box. The nest box must be fixed to the cage’s exterior as high as feasible. She might throw away the eggs if she doesn’t like the location of the nest box or if you didn’t give them the proper kind of nest box. The nest box isn’t a coconut or an open nest, or anything else that’s frequently sold as a nest on Amazon; instead, it’s a big wooden box with one opening for the couple to enter and a hinged top so you can access it.

And lastly, this might be the result of inexperience or the possibility that she is not a good breeder if she is old enough, receiving the proper nutrition, and having the appropriate kind of nest box. Regardless of whether the eggs hatch, always give your pair six months to rest without a nest box following each clutch. I wouldn’t try to breed this pair again if she destroys the eggs the next time.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

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FAQ

Is it normal for birds to eat their own eggs?

The hen loses a lot of calcium and protein when forming and laying each egg, so if she feels too depleted, she eats her own eggs to replace the nutrition. It sounds like she may have thrown the egg out of the nest box rather than eat it. The nest box needs to be attached to the outside of the cage as high as possible.

Why do lovebirds break their eggs?

If an egg isn’t viable or the parents feel threatened they might break or push it out of the nest. Other than that most are very protective.

Do birds destroy their own eggs?

Egg tossing or egg destruction is a behavior observed in some species of birds where one individual removes an egg from the communal nest. This is related to infanticide, where parents kill their own or other’s offspring.