In Reply to: GIRL, how long will she try to lay an egg posted by Patricia on Tue, Feb 19 2013 at 02:37 PM CST:
I think it can be a bit unpredictable when birds are kept indoors, because the seasonal clues of length of day and so forth are largely replaced with artificial lighting.
Here are some things you can try: get full spectrum lighting and put it on a timer so she's getting the equivalent of a winter season's worth of daylight every day and a good 12 hours of covered/dark sleep time. I run the full spectrum lights from 9 to 5 ish and put the birds to bed a couple hourse later. Make sure you are using UV-producing full spectrum bulbs manufactured for birds specifically. If this is too pricey, try putting the room lights on a timer and go for a good long night time sleep. Don't pet her on the back or under the wings. If she has toys she's over-friendly with, rotate them out. Don't encourage nesty behavior, but GCC sleep in cavities year round, so you shouldn't have to remove her sleep tent if she has one. A final thing you can try is to reduce the over-abundance of food you are feeding. If you are always throwing a way a lot of uneaten food, the abundance may also signal mating season. Just be careful she's still getting enough to eat.
If she does lay an egg, let her sit on it until she loses interest, or replace it with a dummy until she loses interest in that.
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