Scrambled Eggs

My Black-Headed Caique  parrot Gizmo is sitting on eggs. This is the time of the season when her species (as well as many other birds) lay eggs, whether they are fertile or not.

Gizmo’s eggs are of course infertile. There is no boy caique around to add his two cents. But Gizmo doesn’t know that. She’s laid two clutches of eggs this year; she usually only lays one, then it’s over with. But this year she’s done it twice, much to our chagrin. I say this because a natural part of incubating eggs for her species is that as they sit on them, they screech loudly. For hours on end. It’s like having a broken alarm system.

For your pleasure and in the spirit of sharing, here is a brief video of Gizmo sitting on two infertile eggs and announcing to the world how proud she is. NOTE: Before viewing this video, let me reassure animal lovers that Gizmo is not ill, she is sitting at the bottom of her cage to sit on the eggs; the sounds she is making are normal and not in any way due to any sort of mistreatment. This is a healthy, natural noise although imagine listening to it over and over for two or three hours straight!!!



Filed under Birds, Gizmo

7 responses to “Scrambled Eggs

  1. That is fascinating. I didn’t know they could lay eggs like that in that condition.

  2. Wow, can’t imagine what it’s like to listen to that for so long a period. I only lasted a few seconds and I had to turn it off.

    I take it, you’re going to need earplugs for a while.

  3. glorious

    Cute and a little sad. She is so happy she has eggs but they will never hatch. 😦

  4. Maybe you should get her a male bird? 😀

  5. Kathleen

    Gizmo looks pretty pleased with herself and she’s letting everyone in earshot know.
    I enjoyed her song but I had the volume on a low setting.
    She is very pretty.

  6. Glad to see you back blogging!

    That noise isn’t particularly pleasant, poor thing. I guess I’m happy my caiques are males.

    Good luck getting through the rest of egg laying season. At least you know you’re providing her with good care since she’s healthy enough to lay!

  7. I’ve ever had a caique named Flipo when I was twelve and the only thing I can remember is that it was a very intelligent bird!

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