Hi, i'm new here
I have had my little blue quaker Jack for 9 years- he was a 4 month old baby when i got him, hand-reared by a reputable local breeder. I have had birds for 20 years and thought i was pretty familiar with them! Jack is completely tame and very cuddly- he is bonded with me but will allow others to hold him after a reasonable getting to know you period, although if anyone touches me he goes nuts and attacks them!
Anyway, i have had him 9 years- and acts like other male birds i have had- i have seen him try to mate my hand and the occasional toy plenty of times- and i witnessed him "finish" on a toy one time- which then had to be taken and washed!
For the first time ever he has been sitting at the bottom of his cage over the last couple of weeks but i knew he wasn't sick because i've seen that sick behaviour in other birds before, and Jack was otherwise very active, eating loads etc- i guessed it was hormones but he happily let me handle him as always. Then just now i've gone in and he's sitting on a little white egg!
Why would he, well, i guess i mean she! suddenly lay an egg at the age of 9 for the first time! She otherwise seems perfectly happy and let me take the egg and examine it without any fuss and is eating normally. Nothing about our environment or routine has changed- except that the house rabbit got sick a few weeks ago and i thought Jacks unusual behaviour was because of the extra attention the rabbit was getting- he always gets jealous of her anyway.
Anyone know why a blue quaker would suddenly nest and lay for the first time at the age of 9?
Many thanks for your help x