As i mentioned a few days ago in another topic, my 9 year old blue quaker called Jack that i've had since 4 months old and thought was a boy until 6 days ago, just started laying eggs. Jack has laid 3 eggs now, the last one yesterday morning at 3 am.
The thing is, they have all come out with blood on them. I read that can occasionally happen with their first egg, so i didn't worry, but when the 3rd egg appeared with the same amount of blood i was wondering if i should be concerned? With the first egg i noticed her vent was a little dirty and had a tiny bit of blood, but she's been clean since.
Unfortunately, having no hut or box she has made a "nest" out of the entire floor of her cage and sits down there constantly with her eggs- so it's hard to tell if she's not feeling well. She is bonded to me and lets me stroke her and handle the eggs no problem (i took them out and cleaned them and gave them back to her.) But she won't leave the eggs at all without encouragement- except to shuffle a few paces to the corner of the cage to poop every so often. I lift her out a few times a day, then she has a poop and a drink and a good stretch and gives me a little kiss before climbing straight back in to sit on the eggs. I've been feeding her in the bottom of her cage because she refuses to leave the eggs even to eat- but she is eating lots when i put food in front of her- which i've been doing every couple of hours. She's a fussy eater but i've been getting all her favourite foods (which luckily seem to be high calcium foods) scrambled eggs with the shells mixed in, broccoli, apple, peas, sweetcorn, almonds, cheerios, and her seed mix- she also has a fruit/pellet/puffed grains mix, but she is doesn't really eat much of it. I'm also giving her rice pudding, which i know isn't very healthy but it's her fave treat- and when she wouldn't leave the eggs at all even to drink for 16 hours until her 3rd egg was laid i was giving her apple juice and water in a syringe, that she drank from happily.
We live in the middle of nowhere- and the nearest avian vet i can find is several hours away- my local vet who we take the rabbit to is lovely and will see birds but doesn't have much experience with them, and luckily Jack has never needed to see the vet anyway. I figured so long as she's eating and pooping then she's ok- but it's hard to get out of that mindset that laying on the floor of the cage= ill and about to die (as has been true with my other birds) Obviously her behaviour is very different to usual- all she wants to do usually is come out and play.
Sorry about the rambling post- i'm sure i'm just over-reacting because i have always had boys- and the breeder told me she was a boy- so despite having birds for 20 years i just have no experience with this.