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Discouraging Breeding Behavior In Pet Birds

by Hilary S. Stern, DVM
General Information
In the wild, female parrots will not lay eggs unless they have a mate and a suitable nesting site. In captivity, however, some parrots will lay eggs or even have repeated clutches of eggs despite the absence of a mate. Egg production is stressful for birds; it depletes their nutritional stores, and predisposes them to malnutrition, osteoporosis, and life-threatening illnesses. In situations where birds are being intentionally bred, these risks are an inherent part of the breeding process. For pet birds that are not being bred, however, egg laying can pose serious health risks without the benefit of producing chicks.
Some birds have problems from the very first time they try to lay eggs. Other birds can lay for years before they run into difficulties. In either situation, however, reproductive problems can lead to egg-binding, oviductal prolapse, peritonitis, and death.
Unlike with cats and dogs, it is not a simple procedure to spay a bird. For many birds, the most effective way to stop egg laying is through environmental and behavioral changes. Some birds may also require medical intervention.
10 things you can do at home to stop your bird from laying eggs:
  1. Put your bird to bed early, by 5 or 6:00 p.m. 
  2. Keep your bird away from dark, enclosed spaces. 
  3. Keep your bird away from other birds to which she is bonded. 
  4. Discourage breeding behavior in your bird. 
  5. Remove your bird’s “love-toys”. 
  6. Rearrange the cage interior and change the cage location. 
  7. Give your bird optimal nutrition and provide full spectrum light. 
  8. Avoid removing the eggs which your bird has already laid. 
  9. Ask your veterinarian about hormone injections. 
  10. When in doubt, ask your avian veterinarian. 
For the full detailed list, visit [FOR THE BIRDS DMV]

The Sad Story of Pirate Budgie

Say hello to how CRUEL people can be.

A man called me yesterday, very heart broken - said his neighbor gave him these birds living in filth. "Looked like the cage hadn't been cleaned in 2 years". No pic. He logically just wanted to get them out of there.
This neighbor knew he loved budgies since he had 3.
He didn't want to get his sick (I don't blame him), and didn't know what to do, he got my number from Backos Bird Clinic, where they're located now.
As you can see, this baby's eye is severely abscessed. Filth + eyeballs = infection. They're likely going to have to remove the eye.

Here's the time where I beg for donations to help pay for his surgery.

If you are broke, please SHARE!

If you have the means, you can donate via PAYPAL:,
SHOP for bird decals I designed/make:
Or DIRECT TO VET via Backos Bird Clinic under No Feather Left Behind's account: (954) 427-0777

Because of your consideration, we can keep treating these babies and find them good homes. THANK YOU.

In an effort to get Pirate Budgie over to Dr. K's ASAP, my husband transported him while I'm at work. He talked to him on the way over and gave him millet. His heart bled for him and he even

wanted to adopt him, but Dr. Kelleher has dibs.
I'm going to stop by after work and check up on things. Prayers for Pirate Budgie. Sometimes birds in his condition don't make it, but I know they'll try their best.  --  Jen

Update: Pirate budgie passed away when I went to go visit him at Broward Avian & Exotic.
They x-rayed him and he had severe pneumonia, low bone-density, enlarged liver. They even tried to resuscitate him, but his lungs were so full of infection… 
 His wife has gastric yeast infection they’re currently treating.

Pirate budgie was neglected to death, but he had 4 days of warmth, clean air, and treatment. He was loved in his last days… 
If you see a bird not being treated well, the sooner you address the owners, the better. 

Busy Bird Week

Budgie Trio Adopted!
Sweet-peep Afrah adopted the gothatiels, Jack & Sally from us. Her Uncle & Aunt fell for their cuteness whilst visiting, and thus adopted Clover, Chilli, and Pepper.

Lola has been Rehabbed and Adopted!
The super sweet family patiently waited for her to get the green light from the vet. She fluttered right over and demanded scritches. I miss her, but now there's room for another foster friend. 

First day working on the Parrot Children's book!
I'm working with Karen of The Little Blue Dog to develop a new parrot-centered children's book.
She wrote the story, I'm doing the Illustrations. 

Good Omens
 Saw a rainbow on my 50 mile trek back home.

 A quicky photoshop for a friend of St. Francis with budgies. 
In memory of her fids over the Rainbow Bridge.

Rescues helping rescues. I worked up a flyer for Karen  & Get a Life Pet Rescue's event next month!

Reason for Rescues & Sanctuaries

Birds can FLY. What heartless person thought it was a good idea to stick a WILD, emotional, and intelligent creature like that in a cage? In my mind, I see it like throwing toddlers into a jail cell. It's just wrong.
My Favorite Picture |
“God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.”― Jacques Deval
This is why rescues and sanctuaries are super important.
"If you really love something, LET it BE free."
This does not mean launching your companion bird out the window into the wilds, that's illegal, and they'll probably not be too happy about that in the long run... but lets stop breeding them for a life of confinement where honestly, their true needs can not be met. Birds don't deserve a life of "Good enough." Spoil your fids the best you can, but don't support the breed-for-profit industry.

DIY Projects for your wild feathered friends!

For a full tutorial, go HERE.

On an even tighter budget? There's this TUTORIAL for an Up-cycled Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Q&A Rescue Birds & Misconceptions

Question: Do you happen to know any resources for bird rescues? Anything like a directory for them? We'll of course be including petfinder, but I was wondering if you knew of any way people can look up rescues near them. Also if you know any common misconceptions about rescue parrots?
Answer: is the best means in my opinion. The other way is google searches, including location and keywords like “bird rescue” or “parrot rescue”.

Some rescue will go across the state or states to hook you up via volunteers.
Adoption forms and home visits should be expected. Wellness exams as well, but sometimes it’s a tough-go depending on the size of the rescue. Vet bills are $$. If they DON’T have the ability to vet, I implore everyone to take your adopted bird for a wellness exam. Because of the immediate wellness exam, I was able to spend more years with the amazing Pako.

Don’t assume you wouldn’t have to do a wellness exam by getting a bird through a pet store. I’ve had people report to me of getting sick birds from a variety of pet store chains.

Another misconceptions about rescued birds is that, “This bird is older, it won’t bond with me. It has behavioral issues.” Every parrot is similar when they’re young. They’re needy for their parents. They’re goofy, cuddling, and generally sweet.
However, when they reach maturity, they might not want their human mama or papa. They want a mate. So they may end up bonding with someone else in the house. Sunnie the Quaker is doing this. Mikey my conure still adores me, but lately he’s been flirting with my husband.

Just like a human child, you need to develop trust. It won’t happen over night. It may not happen at all (Wiki the Nanday Conure). It may be next to instant (Pako the Mitred Conure). It may take 6 months or more. (Georgie the Scarlet-Fronted Conure). Something may change and they’ll love you (Miss Tiel did this).

Older birds are sometimes better because they’re set in their ways. (Pako)
Older birds sometimes change and even learn new phrases and antics (Georgie).

We are hear for them. They’re not hear for us. We deny them the insane ability of flight. We owe them the best we can offer. Be it a bird friend, a flight cage, lots of cuddle time, sharing dinner time with them…

Birds are a pandoras box, and you need to love them and respect them no matter what. They are wild animals (with the exception some budgies). There are birds out there needing good homes, there’s no reason to be bringing more into the world, giving them to unsuspecting people via Pet Store Chains. Those pet store birds often become rescue birds.