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Margaret <email address not displayed>
Margaret wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > I had cockatiel raise 3 chicks on the cage floor. It is true that is > is harder to maintain proper temperatures on the cage floor as opposed > to being inside a nest box, but nature is pretty strong. You can see > those babies on the cage floor here - > http://www.mmadison.com/photogallery/Cockatiels/Baby_Cockatiels_.htm > So, don't worry about that so much. > > I'm glad that you have homes set up for a few babies but you can never > be sure. Once the babies come and the person who planned on taking a > baby is hit with that reality, often they reconsider or change their > minds. <smile> It has happened to me. > > Make sure Kiwi is getting a nutritious diet. Calcium is important for > any egg laying hen, but dietary calcium is processed slowly in the > bird and the only way to get "instant calcium" in her body for laying > eggs "today" is a shot from the vet or something. I know she recently > laid those two eggs that were soft shelled and it is a good thing she > was able to pass them through her body at all being as soft as you > described. That was really quite dangerous for her. That would be my > first concern. I know you were going to contact your vet, but you > might have to wait another day for his office to open, right? > > I would just let her sit on her eggs and rest. Is Mr. Bird bringing > her any food? Has he been allowed by Kiwi to hang out there with her? > Mr. Bird is also going to need a nutritious diet with plenty of > calcium and minerals since he'll be feeding the rest of them too. > Don't forget about "Daddy". > > Have you seen these birds mating in the past week or so? If not, Kiwi > might have just laid these eggs on her own. If she isn't letting Mr. > Bird hang out with her, then she might not view him as a mate. > > Well, I wouldn't disturb Kiwi much and if she leaves the eggs and asks > for attention, then by all means give her some. Normally they incubate > for 25 days or so, so just let her have this time to do her own thing. > If she chooses to sit on them longer, just let her. If you remove eggs > too soon, she is likely to lay others to replace them and she could > run into health problems when doing so. > > Keep us posted. > > Linda wrote: > > I'm worried though because she laid this egg on the bottom of the > > cage- no nest box. > > > > But right now my priority is keeping Kiwi's basic needs met, and > keep > > her healthy, let her sit on her eggs and be a mommy so it's off to > > talking to anyone I know that has skills in the birding world. My > > vets are not in since it's saturday. > > > > ........so the truth is, I don't know what I'm going to do,,, we'll > > just let nature take it's course and let our dear lovely Nanday's > > have their space. > > > > Thanks: Linda > > > > P.S. I'm open to the how to's, what to do on caring for my nanday > > parent birds.
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