Zebra Finch Won't Lay Eggs in Nesting Box?

Grace keeps laying her eggs in weird places, not in nesting box. 2 eggs were not viable, but damaged. I cleaned the cage and gave her fresh bedding materials and put the nest box back in. She insisted on laying her eggs in her gravel dish will the egg break there? There are no nesting materials in it. I have not touched it.


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March 23, 20200 found this helpful

Let Grace be the Mom, you may not want to risk touching her eggs. If touched there is a possibility she may not hatch them. Although odd where they are located, let nature take it's course!

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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

thanks have not touched the new one. she has moved bedding into the dish and quite proud of it

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March 25, 20200 found this helpful

Many times it is easier to allow the birds to lay there eggs where they feel comfortable. Maybe the nesting box is too small for her or she may not like the material.


Mother nature has a way to take care of their own. Many chickens lay their eggs on the ground and it seems to be fine.

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March 31, 20200 found this helpful

There may be an odd smell in the box. Maybe it has a weird glue or a weird paint or is of some other material. Could you put in a natural box if that's not what it is?

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