my lady gouldian is eating her own eggs. How to stop this bad habit
I have found eggs at the bottom of the cage. This morning I saw an egg in the nest. When I came back from work, the egg is gone. What can I do to stop this bad habit?
Were you able to find the egg that disappeared? Was it thrown out also or buried in the nest? If the pair are very young birds, they may be over stressed and tossing out eggs, not actually eating them? If that is the case try to cover part of their cage to give them additional peace and quiet. Don't bring strangers or other pets near the cage and especially avoid disturbing the nest box as much as possible. Watch and see if their behavior changes. If they are actually eating the egg shells, increase their options for obtaining more calcium. Add a cuttle bone and a mineral block to the cage if the birds don't already have them and give them chicken egg shells. After cooking hard boil eggs, (from free range chickens), for making egg food, put the egg shells back into water and boil them for 15 minutes to sterilize them or microwave the wet shells for two to three minutes. Either crush up the shells or just put a shell half on the floor of the cage and see what the birds do. If the hen does need additional calcium, she will eat the shells you provide eagerly. It is however, perfectly normal for the pair to eat the egg shells after the chicks have hatched so don't be surprised when that happens. If you have time, let me know if these ideas help?
Best wishes, Jeanie