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Margaret <email address not displayed>
Margaret wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > She was having a calcium deficiency problem to have the soft eggs that > she did previously lay. Even if those eggs were fertile chances of > babies hatching is near nothing. > > It is actually closer to 25 or 26 days to let her incubate any fertile > eggs to the point where they would hatch. Then at that point Mr. Bird > would need lots of soft foods to feed his family...dark leafy greens, > whole grains, raw veggies, etc... > > Calcium bicarbonate is good. If she will take it, let her have some. > > I would take a peek at that egg on Wednesday and see if you see > anything growing inside. If not, just let her sit on it for as long as > she wishes, but make sure she has access to food and water. When > nandays mate, the male hangs around and is quiet while sitting and > overseeing things and the female is the one who actually sits on the > eggs. The male will feed the female while she incubates. If you don't > allow Mr. Bird to do this or if she won't allow Mr. Bird to do this, > you can figure you have a "dysfunctional" family of sorts, or > inexperienced "parent" birds. > > In all honesty, your birds are probably experiencing hormones and > related behavior. I wouldn't hold too much hope for actual babies, > although this pair might be going through the motions, so to speak. > > I'm not sure why you took Kiwi into town and away from her eggs today, > but disturbing the nest can cause instinctive behaviors such as nest > abandonment. I would leave her alone and give her space. Let Mr. Bird > hang out with her and see if she'll accept his feedings and his help. > > I hope this helps. Just let them do their own thing. Focus on your > cockatiels for a bit. > > Linda wrote: > > I'm sure everyone knows just how excited we were to have our > parrots > > become the parents of an egg. > > > > It meant many excited phone calls and emails. > > Frantic calls to the vet. (Frown) None in on Saturday! > > > > And a hurried trip to town and back to be with her. > > > > The result was a very hungry mama bird. It seemed every so often > she > > was hurrying to the food bin, even when I stretched, yawned and > went > > to bed for the night. > > > > > > Today: it's been slightly different. > > P.S. By the way I had to pulverize a tums and put in her food. > > Today Kiwi still wants Mr. Bird to be available- within view. > Letting > > him into the cage? I'll have to think about that one. > > Is it possible he'll step on the egg? And he also will not leave > Kiwi > > alone. > > So for the time being he's into the wide open of the house, but > > Kiwi's cage door remains shut. > > > > Kiwi seems to sit on the egg for extended periods of time, and is > > brooding, moving the nesting material anywhere she wants to have > it. > > She's getting some sleep this way it seems, and the two of us are > > snoozing too. > > > > So I think she'll be fine. > > > > However, now I'm wondering if the egg is even viable because of the > > two shriveled prune like eggs she dropped prior to dropping the egg > > she's sitting on. > > > > Can anyone tell me about that? > > > > Cuz I don't want to take that egg away from her if there is a live > > baby inside it. Do I just let her sit on it for 21 days and go from > > there? > > > > any advice, thoughts or whatever would be helpful for me. > > > > Thanks: > > Linda E.
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