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What to do When Your Bird Lays an Egg

Updated on June 19, 2013

Dove eggs.

So you're gonna have a baby bird, congrats! Here are some pointers that you must know.

So first thing first. Does your bird have a nest? If not you can make one quickly. All you need is scissors, shoebox, and paper towels. That's all ! So get your shoebox . Take the lid off and cut a rectangle on one if the sides. Make sure your bird can fit. So now you should have your opening. Put some paper towels on the bottom of the shoebox. That way it is nice and comfortable for your bird . Tear some tissues or toilet paper. It is way softer than paper towels. Let your bird arrange the nest. Now, put the lid on the shoe box . And there you have a nice cozy nest. :)

Once your bird has laid the egg , you should put her in a warm and quiet spot. Don't put her by a window. The best place is a closet or the bathroom . Or some other warm area where there is not much activity. Once you have your birds in a warm spot you should leave them or sit and talk soothing to them and make no sudden movements. The mother might get scared and in a hurry she will get up and might crush the egg. Every once in a while check on them and make sure they have plenty of water and plenty of food .This can be very tiring for them. Usually it takes about 6 weeks if the egg hasn't hatched by 7 weeks , take the egg and get a flash light and go in a dark room if you do not see any vains the baby has died. if you do see vains put the egg back . It will soon hatch. : )

Check and see if the chick has hatched. If it has than leave them alone. Again check that they have plenty of food and water. They must have food to produce crop. (the babys food) Everyday check and make sure that the baby is in the nest. If not than ever so gently put the baby back in the nest. It's alright if this happens. Just bring the mommy towards the nest. DO NOT PUT THE MOTHER IN THE NEST SHE MIGHT PIERCE THE CHICKS' SKIN !

As the baby grows it will tend to wander out of the nest. This is natural let it walk around. Once the baby is all grown up YOU MUST SEPARATE IT FROM THE PARENT OR ELSE THEY WILL CHASE IT AND WON'T LET IT EAT THEIR FOOD! The baby will be in a little shock after this. Just talk to the chick soothingly. You should have a name for it start calling its' name ! When it gets use to you it will come when called! This is the start of a great relationship!

Well there you have it! And Congradulations ! : ) Please ask any questions you have about this article! Thankyou...

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      Groovy Greeks 8 years ago

      I have some Questions about the nest, can it be made of branches. Well you see, what I am talking about is that I can make nests out of chop sticks and banana leaves(small leaves)torn. You know because betty(my pet)you see, she is pregnet.So...a...thanks for the tips.PEACE WE OUT!!

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      nicko guzman 8 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      I have done that.The nest killed the newly hatched chicks.

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      liz garza 7 years ago

      when the chick hatches.. do they need special food or is it alright to just keep bird seed in the cadge?

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      shawn 7 years ago

      HI I OWN A QUAKER AN SHES LAID 6 EGGS AN ONE HAS HATCHED ALSO SHE IS IN THE LIVING ROOM AND ITS PRETTY WARM IS THAT OK?

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      Jason Chang 7 years ago

      My two ring neck doves have an egg but they are putting big leaves on the egg and sitting besides the leaves and not on the egg. Should i take the big leaves out so that they can sit directly on top of the egg?

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      Justyna 7 years ago

      But what happens when your bird is trying to EAT and BITE the egg? And you didn't mention much, but how do you feed the baby? With what, exactly.

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      Lillian 7 years ago

      my bird had an egg. and we have a girl and boy bird, but we don't know if the egg is fertilized. how can i tell? (i think it might be dead though, when we found it, it was cold :(.

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      peggy 6 years ago

      Well my bird layed an egg without me knowing, and I wanna know what is the next step for me to do. The egg is just sitting on the bottom of the cage at the moment so please reply to me ASAP thanks a million for this article!

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      dawn 6 years ago

      what if your bird hasn't been around a male bird will the eggh hatch we got our bird over 6months ago from a neighbour who couldn't care for it they didn't say weather or not it had been near a male how long are they pregnant for please let me know email purpledee@live.co.uk

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      Mohammed 6 years ago

      So my lovebird layed some eggs but I picked one up and dropped it from a small distance bit no cracks will the egg still hatch if my birds sits on them

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      Shahryar 5 years ago

      i've got 2 lahore pigeons. but i bought them recently so they r still in the cage. shud i make the nest insyd the cage if the bird is about to lay eggs?

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      animal lover 5 years ago

      MY PARROT HAS LAID 6 EGSS AND ITS ABOUT 2 WEEKS NOW SO WHAT SHOULD I FEED THE BABIES .?

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      fadoode546 5 years ago

      woooooooooooow its realy cool

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      scared 5 years ago

      I have a canary and found an egg at bottom of cage what do...

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      lynn 5 years ago

      what do i do if she doesn't now what to do with it?

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      lol 5 years ago

      what color is the vain

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      lorrelle green 5 years ago

      I just found an egg on my patio, there was a fallen nest an another egg next to it ( it was broken ) I convinced my mom to keep it and now its in an old lizard tank of mine ( i washed it ) With a heat pad, but I cant tell if its dead or alive can you tell me how to find out?

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      Amy 5 years ago

      I don't have a dove i have a Wild Bird Like i found it..she laid three eggs but my brother killed two of them and she has one left and it hasn't hatched yet but i need to know what to do when it does....but the mother will not eat for me :( and i am scared help! please.

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      diana 5 years ago

      THANKYOU VERY MUCH MY EGG WAS ONLY 1 DAY OLD AND I READY KNEW WHAT TO DO HOPEFULLY IT WOULDN'T DIE AND I WILL HAVE A PET BIRD THANKYOU VERY MUCH AGAIN

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      DIANA 5 years ago

      I FOUND THE EGG ON TOP OF MY BUILDING SO I JUST TOOK IT AND I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT HOWEVER, AFTER READING THIS HOPEFULLY IT WOULD WORK AND MY EGG WOULD NOT DIE AND SO I WILL HAVE A PET BIRD THANKS A lot I KNOW WHAT TO DO KNW

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      esther 5 years ago

      hi,

      I have two love birds, a male and a female. I see them mating from time to time, and shortly after they mate the girls lays eggs but the eggs never hatch. About a moth later i remove the eggs from the nest and use a flashlight to see inside them. The egg yolk is usually stuck in the button.

      Why is this, and is their anything i can do to help my lovebird eggs hatch?. Thanks.

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      enedina 5 years ago

      When the parakeet eggs hatch do you need to separate the male parakeet to another cage , because we have a small nest and the male parakeet often goes in as well with the babies and the female parakeet and i'm afraid he will squish then to death or be jealous of the female parakeet for spending time with the babies more than him and kill the babies nedileon@yahoo.com

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      morgan 4 years ago

      what happens when my lovebird only laid one egg but she is sitting on it

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      Sergio 4 years ago

      I have three Cocktiel one is female 2 male, the thing my female lay an egg but they no take care of the baby I have the special box(Wood box with some crums inside) I put some towels and i constalntly move the cage to outside Well looks like i have another son PLEASE Help me I'm Worried of the female that doesn't do on top the egg nor the male......

      Appreciate Any Help my Email: sergiomu@comcast.net

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      Maaz 4 years ago

      I have 6 love birds and one of the female bird layed an egg but I don't really know which one did and theirs no sign of the mother going near to the egg.

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      mary 4 years ago

      I spoke to the pet store guy and he said if it's the first time your bird is laying eggs chances are the first eggs are duds! Is he right I'll soon find out.

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      Emily 4 years ago

      hi,

      I have two lovebirds I am not sure what gender they are but they laid 3 eggs so far

      They both sit in the nest box at night but they don't during the day what does that mean?

      I keep them outside during the day is that ok?

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      ved 3 years ago

      thks a lot, i learned a lot. i have a pair of love birds and got another one from 1st hatch, should i separate them? now when they lay eggs it doesnot hatch? why. my bird cage is a bit huge about 3 ft by 3 ft by 3 ft. should i also clean the nest box? the cage is in a windy place, but i have covered it with a plastic cover, should i remove it to a less windy place? you can reply me "vedamrit@yahoo.com"

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      ally 3 years ago

      my friend has one blue and gold macaw, and they have had it for 18 YEARS! it hasn't had any contact with any of birds and it laid an egg. is this normal? please email me allyreid@optonline.net

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      pinky 3 years ago

      Hi i have 2 love birds one male and one female.. just now i see my bird laid two eggs and she not take bird seed and she is sick also. What i do in this situation please help me friends

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      sandradee 3 years ago

      My parakeet lay 8 eggs the first two she threw out 3 hatch a week ago 3 haven't what should I do !

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      jjj 3 years ago

      My bird had laid 6 eggs but then the mother died for no reason what can i do

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      Maisa 3 years ago

      I have a cockatail and it lid 2 eggs and there cracked what does that mean

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      elizabeth 3 years ago

      thanks for the advice i needed to know because my brother turn off the boiler no heat because he said its spring! But its been cold outside and in the apartment...i took the cage and put it by the closet with my small heater on! Im hoping my parakeet `Halo' and the egg will try and survive Halo is precious to me shes so adorable that's my girl...i wish halo the best :)

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      marisol 3 years ago

      my parrot have laid an egg i didn't even notice the egg beenn the bottom on the cage for 3 days iz it dead? or can i save it

      i need help.asap

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      Becky 3 years ago

      My dove keeps moving her egg to the seed cup. She has a nest and they laid it in all day. But today they moved it back to the seed cup. What Do I d0?

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      francisco 3 years ago

      My cockatiel layed eggs and it hatched we fed the birds ourselves and just this morning the baby bird died please email me at f_rubio@aol.com

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      Angela 2 years ago

      I feel terrible and it eating away at me. My canarie led eggs and out of curiosity I picked one egg out if the near to have a look at it and i dropped it by accident on the cage floor and it broke and there was red in it and I think it could have been ababy growing and I killed it. Can't get over it

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      hasirraja 2 years ago

      you all are loser farmer ediot panchod ma yaway

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      raghu 2 years ago

      what safty we must do ofter lovebirds puts eggs

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      sharon 19 months ago

      hi

      l have a pair of canaries the female has laid 5 eggs we have found her dead today

      is there anything we can do for her eggs

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