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Emro the Conure has Laid Another Egg

Thursday, December 17, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Emro our house guest

We’ve been taking care of a Conure that lives at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Emro has been a fixture in the lobby for several years. Recently she laid an unfertilized egg . My partner, loves birds and always takes care of Emro and Peanut, the McCaw in the hotel lobby. After Emro laid his first egg, he volunteered to take him home with us because it is preferred that she remain quiet in anticipation that here will be more eggs. We’ve had her for about 5 days now and she’s been a delight. She laid another egg then today, another.

Vivo pets .com, has put together some helpful information about Conure egg laying.

When do Conures Lay Their Eggs?

You might come across an egg in your female conure’s cage quite unexpectedly, even when there is no male in sight. It is normal for female conures to lay eggs whether or not there is a male provided it is the breeding season.

Emro’s eggs

The egg, in this instance, is not necessarily fertilized meaning that it does not contain a baby bird. As lighting patterns and weather start changing to herald the breeding season, a female conure’s endocrine system signals that it is time to release an egg.

Though the egg will be released and laid, it will not be fertilized if no mating has taken place.

Thankfully, conures will exhibit several signs to indicate that they are ready for mating. The signs are largely a result of hormonal changes. For example, a conure that was initially mild-mannered and meek might start acting out when ready for mating.

This should be of no concern because the bird will revert to its normal behavior after breeding. Some of the signs that your conure is ready for mating include:

  • Biting more than normal
  • Becoming territorial
  • Screaming
  • Plucking at the feathers more so in female conures
  • Displaying signs of affection like tail wagging and wing flapping

During mating, the ovum attached to the egg yolk in the female conure will be sucked into the oviduct then fertilized. The ovum will then travel through a tube into the magnum where the egg white is produced.

The resultant product then travels into the uterus for the creation of an eggshell. In general, this process takes twenty hours. Therefore, after mating, it will take 20-24 hours for your conure to lay a fertilized egg.

This is helpful to Conure owners who are intending to breed their feathered friends.

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