Jun. 2016 Update: I’ve seen from my analytics that a lot of people have questions about egg binding and what to do if your cockatiel is laying eggs. First, EGG BINDING IS A LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION. If your bird is unable to lay an egg and is in distress, get her to the vet immediately! Egg binding can occur when your bird is laying too many eggs too frequently, which is why it is important to stop your female from doing as mine was, and laying many eggs very regularly. Take your bird to the vet and they will educate you about keeping her away from males, giving her the correct amount of daylight, the right low-fat food, and raspberry leaf extract, if necessary. But if your bird is laying a few eggs sporadically and has no contact with a male, do try to reduce her sunlight to 11 hours a day or slightly less, and don’t worry too much. She will eventually realize her eggs won’t hatch.
Sep. 2014 Update: I tried mating her but was unsuccessful, but did finally get her to stop laying eggs, for her own health. She’s happier and healthier than ever, and even has a new birdie mansion!
My poor Paco laid so many eggs she can barely fit on them all! Chasing around those kids is such a chore – she’s just trying to get some shuteye! Every time she changes position, she has to roll all of her eggs back under her belly. You should see her take a bath – even cuter!