I've had my cockatiels, Sophie and Cricket, for about 3 years now. According to the pet store they were purchased from, they are both females (though they have yellow heads and red cheeks and look like males). Sophie is a bit of a special bird, as she rarely grows tail feathers (and when she does, she plucks them out for no apparent reason). She also likes to launch herself into the nearest window or wall when she gets out of the cage, meaning she has to be handled very carefully.
My question today, however, has nothing to do with either of these quirks. For several months now, my cockatiels have been laying eggs nonstop. I learned early on that you aren't supposed to remove the eggs from the cage for about 3 weeks or they'll lay more, so I've been following this rule and leaving them be. Unfortunately, they keep laying more eggs, and I'm not sure whether this is normal or if there's something wrong with their diet or environment that is causing them to lay more eggs than usual. Usually, the eggs come in groups of two or three, and they seem to take turns sitting on them.
So far, I would say they've laid close to 20 or 30 eggs between the two of them, and I'm beginning to get concerned. I know that laying eggs takes a lot of nutrients out of a bird, and I don't want either of them to get sick because of the excessive egg-laying. Should I be worried, or is this normal?
Last edited by ashleyannie; 09/04/15 08:41 PM.