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6 Signs of cockatiel laying an egg- Pregnant cockatiel symptoms

Mackenzie Gary



As a beginner, it is hard to spot when the cockatiel is going to lay an egg. Even people who are petting them for years failed to do so. It is not hard to know the eggs-laying symptoms of females. You can easily spot them by looking at the minor details.

Signs of cockatiel laying eggs are given below:

  • She Appear fuller in the abdomen and vent area
  • Consume more water
  • Chewing activity increases.
  • She Protects her cage
  • Slow singing
  • Large loose odorous poops

It is necessary to know when she is going to lay an egg because at this time she needs extra care, and more nutrition and doesn’t need any disturbances. You don’t need to grab her tightly at this stage. Below is the detail and some extra tips that will help you to spot.

Cockatiel Appear fuller in the abdomen and vent area

The cockatiel at this stage carries more weight than usual. She has eggs in her abdomen. Look closely, the abdomen looks fluffy and more prominent. Same case with vent area. It is the time when the egg is fully prepared and the bird would lay the egg in a day.

Consume more water

The eggs are mostly watery. For proper development of eggs, the female drinks more water. As the water in her body is being used to fulfill the requirements of the eggs. At this stage she gets more thirsty.

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Try to provide her with water all the time. And keep the water bowl clean.

Chewing activity increases.

Cockatiels are natural shredders. They love these types of toys which they can tear easily. If there would be a paper piece, they will not spare it.

When they are closer to laying eggs chewing and shredding, activity increases. You have to look closely at this type of signs. As their hormones are changes, they do it naturally.

She Protects her cage

This bird will not lay an egg until the place is secure. At this stage she looks at all the activities in the environment more closely. She may move backward and try to protect her cage. She did it to protect her eggs 

Slow singing

This family of cockatoo is noisy and chirping all the day long. Slow singing is seen when she is near to lay egg.

Large loose odorous poops

Poops tell a lot about the health of any animal. Large poop full of unpleasant odor is also another signature. Although poops’ color size tells a lot about cockatiels. You can analyze many diseases by just looking at their poops. You can look at the poop guide published by the bird’s journal to get detailed help.

Things to consider:

No poop means egg binding

If your bird is not doing any poop, it is a sign of egg binding. In this egg, stuck and blocks the poop pathway. Take your bird to the vet if you are a beginner.

Give calcium and vitamin A

When a cockatiel is close to laying an egg, she needs more calcium. Calcium makes the shield of the egg. Cockatiel gives that component to her body. Deficiency of this nutrient occurs in a clutch. At this stage, you have to feed more foods with calcium enriched nutrients.

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Also give her citrus fruits that are full of vitamin A. It will help her to boost her immune system. She will recover easily.

Constant bathing can trick the birds that spring is here, and it’s time to lay eggs.

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