(NOTE: If you think your bird could be a chronic egg layer, we highly recommend our Egg Laying Rescue Packs that include a set of 6 dummy eggs too)
Is your bird is laying fertilized eggs but you do not want to breed them at the moment? Our solid, realistic dummy eggs will help stop your female bird from laying more eggs and can even help stop egg-laying before she has laid an egg!
Our dummy eggs are solid plastic eggs that are specially designed to match real bird eggs. The eggs have a realistic shape, weight, color and feel.
Approximately 2.5x2cm and are suitable for lovebirds, cockatiels and other similar sized birds
Dummy eggs work by tricking your female bird into thinking that she has completed laying all her eggs. Find out more about how dummy eggs work and how to use them in our FAQ here.
There are various factors that stimulate egg laying in birds. Learn more about what you can do to discourage your female parrot from laying eggs here.
Solid non-toxic plastic
Use as many eggs as your bird’s average clutch size. Calculate her average clutch size based on the eggs she has laid consecutively in previous clutches. Do not count eggs that are laid a week or more later.
If your female bird is exhibiting nesting behavior (e.g. building a nest, shredding like crazy, extra hormonal) BUT has not laid any egg yet, place all the eggs in a bowl on the bottom of her cage or in her existing nest.
If your female bird has already laid one or more eggs, remove the real eggs and replace them with a full clutch of dummy eggs. Take away any real eggs laid after placing the dummy eggs.
Note: It may still be possible that your bird might lay 1 or 2 real eggs even after putting the full clutch of dummy eggs. This is because your bird was already making the real egg(s) during that time. It takes about a week for their egg factory to shut down.
Removing the dummy eggs
Remove the dummy eggs after your birds' average incubation days. Count the days from the time your bird starts sitting on the eggs.
We have dummy eggs for small birds such as budgies, lovebirds, doves and other similar sized birds, and cockatiels, conures and quakers and other similar sized birds. The average incubation days of these birds are:
Cockatiel and quaker: 18 - 21 days
Parrotlet & lovebird: 23 days
Conures: 24 days
You can also try removing them at any time your bird has lost interest in sitting on the eggs. Usually, they should lose interest in 2-3 weeks. If you think she may have lost interest, try removing the eggs and watch to see if your bird starts acting upset by crying or running back and forth. If this behavior does not stop within 60 minutes, put her nest back in the cage as she is not ready to release her eggs yet.
Do not remove the dummy eggs too soon as it will stimulate her to start laying to replace them.
Also, do not leave the dummy eggs longer than 4 weeks because your bird might "figure out" and the dummy eggs will be ineffective for her next clutch.
The effectiveness of dummy eggs lies in successfully tricking your female bird into thinking that the eggs are hers. To reduce chances of rejection, make sure to:
- Wash your hands before handling the dummy eggs and do not leave them exposed to room odours before being introduced to your bird. A common reason birds may reject dummy eggs is due to a human or foreign scent passed onto the eggs.
- Place the dummy eggs out of sight of your bird. It is recommended to remove her from the room entirely before doing so.