Egg binding in birds
Egg binding is a serious issue that affects female birds in breeding age. Egg binding occurs when the female (hen) birds fail to lay an egg within the standard period.
If your female bird has passed several days to lay her last egg, she may be egg-bound. This issue is occurring in birds due to deficiency or lack of vitamins.
Egg-bound hens require immediate treatment; if left untreated, death can occur in as little as a few hours, especially in small birds.
It mostly occurs in small species of birds like finches, budgerigars, lovebirds, cocktails, and parakeets.
Causes of Egg binding
There are some reasons for Egg binding. The main reason is to feed the bird a nutritionally unbalanced diet such as seeds. Similarly deficiency of calcium, minerals especially vitamin D and E.
Sometimes it may be due to the bird’s age as a young bird laying eggs for the first time, and also stress from the environment. Lack of exercise or flying.
Soft-shelled or shell-less eggs resulting from improper levels of dietary calcium.
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Symptoms of Egg Binding in Birds
- Tail wagging or bobbing
- Visibly swollen abdomen
- Difficulty breathing.
- Decrease in appetite.
- Sitting at bottom of the cage.
- Difficulty in balancing on the perch.
Treatment of Egg binding
Do not attempt to remove the egg yourself, as you can cause the bird harm paralysis, or death.
If the female bird is unable to expel the egg herself, the veterinarian will try to remove it by applying lubrication and gently trying to ease it out.
If this does not work, the veterinarian will have to surgically remove the egg.
Egg binding prevention
Provide high-calorie nutrition, calcium, and vitamins to prevent egg binding in the future.
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