Debra W. is worried:
Help, I have tried everything to get her to stop. I am worried about her health.
We understand your concern. We went through this with a beloved cockatiel ourselves.
She would masturbate, lay eggs, and turn into a beast until the eggs were abandoned or removed.
Then do it all over again.
We tried dummy eggs and even a Lupron shot or two before we learned about how the correct lighting makes all the difference.
Please click this link that will take you to our BLOG and specifically the posts on Lighting so you can read them.
The main thing you will need is the Daylight bulb.
Then mount it in a light socket within 6 inches of the top of your bird’s cage.
Set it on a timer so it goes on at about 8 am and off at 8 pm, every day all year round.
This setup will help your bird’s hormones stay even.
Like she is in Australia in the summer all year round.
Birds in the equatorial summer sun don’t mate or lay eggs, they just fly and play and eat.
However, as your bird is laying now and you want to stop it. You will do the following.
Get the bulb set up over the bird’s cage and leave it ON for 72 hours.
That is leave it on for 3 solid days and nights.
This will reset the Circadian Rhythm that is accessed through the eyes to the Pineal Gland.
Keep the bird in the cage under the light.
Yes, the bird will eat, sleep, nap, play, and call out at all hours. It is not harmful in any way.
After 72 hours, you can go back to on at 8 am and off at 8 pm.
Within 24 hours after the treatment, your bird should lose all interest in breeding, mating, laying on eggs.
Be sure to remove all nesting material, eggs, huts.
If you have a male with her or nearby, he can restimulate her all over again so the treatment may need to be repeated again later.
Males can be treated with light the same way.
They don’t lay eggs but they can be hormonally affected and scream, be aggressive, pick and bite. The light will help with that too.
Please let us know how it goes.