finch hasn't laid an egg in over a year

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by yomama, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    I have two Society Finches that are apx 3 - 4 years old. I've had them since they were about 6 months old. They are a mating pair (didn't do this intentionally, they just ended up being male and female). Anyway, when I first got them, the female would lay a clutch of eggs periodically throughout the year. They would always break them or dump them out of the nest, which didn't bother me, since I really don't have any desire for more birds. Well, my female has now gone well over a year, or more, without laying one single egg. Is this something I should be worried about? They are in a huge flight cage, have a good diet, and are never handled- except by me when it is time to trim the nails. Originally, when she started laying all the time, I removed the nest box that was in there, to slow her down. It did, kind of. I would still find one, here or there, on the floor of the cage. I put the nest box back in about 9 months ago, because I was worried about her not laying anymore. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!
     
  2. ILOVELEGHORNS

    ILOVELEGHORNS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like its age related or perhaps she has a disease that doesn't show? Im thinking its age related though. Do you give her calcium supplements? Replenishes her bones and strengthens egg shells. Oyster shell is the same kind of calcium found in egg shells as well..calcium bicarbonate. Who knows...she may just start laying again.
     
  3. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Thank you so much for the reply. Unfortunately, she passed the other day. She was acting all fluffed up, and losing alot of feathers. I thought she was molting, though she had never done that before. I found her dead in the am, and she was eating and drinking as of the night before. Not sure what happened. She did have a cuttle bone, plus a constant supply of wheat grass for calcium. Now I have the dilema of what to do with her mate. I know they don't like to be alone, but I had already decided that when these guys were gone, I wasn't going to get anymore birds - already have alot of pets, and trying to decrease my numbers. Still thinking about it. We'll see.
    Thanks again.
     
  4. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Fluffed up sounds like egg bounding I had a budgie go through the same thing recently but she ended up passing the egg, not all can though.
     
  5. ILOVELEGHORNS

    ILOVELEGHORNS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Awwww! Im so sorry for your loss
     

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