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Message #3296. This is a followup to #3295.

Date:Saturday July 9, 2005 1:17:31 pm MDT
Subject:Re: The birth of an egg
Message:Margaret I'm all ears. In truth, I don't know much about raising baby chicks. This is the first for us. And yea I could be jumping the gun. But Kiwi is sitting on the egg. Mr. Bird, pushes the eggs- the two deformed ones that I know are already dead, or never will be hatched close together. And he can't seem to leave Kiwi Alone for two minutes, but she's got lots to her scream and bite.

I'm worried though because she laid this egg on the bottom of the cage- no nest box.

Already have some ideas if they even hatch:
1. Anita my dear friend who lost her Greencheecks will take a baby. AAnd I know I want to keep one, the others if the lady wants them, a bird breeder in Washington state who said that Nanday's are hard to come by, I might send to her.

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. 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.

> LOL! Oh, Linda you sound so very excited. Isn't that great!
> Well, the only way to tell if it is fertile or not is to wait five
> days or so after the egg has been incubated (they may not start
> sitting on the eggs right away and without the heat, there won't be
> any development) and using a small flashlight, concentrate the light
> out in a small hole made using your hands and put the egg at the end
> of this tiny hole/beam of light. If you see a red spider-type
> veining, then the egg is fertile.
> Birds can lay eggs even with no male present. So don't jump the gun
> on us here. <smile> It might not be fertile. Even if you've seen the
> birds actually mating, if the connection wasn't good, the hen could
> still lay eggs without them being fertilized.
> But since you do have a male present, the egg might be fertile. Here
> is a good website to show you how a fertile eggs looks (it is an
> Amazon egg you're looking at here, but the look will be similar in
> your nanday egg too).
> OK, so suppose it is fertilized...not all birds make good parents,
> especially first timers. The parents might not sit on the eggs or
> they might assist a hatchling too early and the chick may die in the
> process. Some birds kill and injure their babies. The baby might
> hatch and the parents might not know what to do with it. There is
> just a million things that can be factored in to have either a
> success story or a tragic story. There can be a lot of heart break in
> breeding, including the possibility of losing a hen due to egg
> binding.
> Good luck and I hope everything goes smoothly.
> What might you do with the babies? It is going to be difficult
> keeping them from inbreeding unless you separate them eventually into
> a boys cage and a girls cage, unless you house them all individually.
> It is hard to send babies off to a new home once you've put so much
> love and attention into hand feeding them, keeping them clean and
> warm, etc... Oh, that opens another big topic - how to hand feed baby
> parrots. There a lot to it. You'll need a brooder or somewhere you can
> keep the babies at a nice toasty 98 degrees because when they are
> young and without feathers they can't regulate their body temps. Boy,
> this is happening right when you folks are moving. This seems like
> really bad timing if you plan to raise these babies.
> Well, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. First let's
> see if the egg is fertile. Meanwhile you might want to do a little
> research and read about hand feeding and raising parrot chicks. You
> might want to buy a book on the subject too. You've got a ton of
> stuff to learn in a relatively short time (unless you've researched
> it all before). Still, even when you think you have a good grasp of
> what to expect and what to do, when it happens and you've got those
> little pink wigglers in the cage, everything you think you knew kind
> of goes out the window and a slight panic can set it. LOL! Reading
> about it and actually doing it and living it are two different
> things. <Grin>
> I hope some of this helps. Good luck!
> Linda wrote:
> > I'm so excited! Nervous, and can't wait to tell everybody about
> Kiwi
> > Anna.
> > Just minutes into lifting her night night blanket off her cage she
> > dropped an egg. Further more, I know it's fertile since I have Mr.
> > Bird.
> >
> > I'm not quite sure I know what I need to do for Kiwi, but I think
> she
> > has more eggs to lay, and I also plan on calling her vet.
> >
> >
> > So, if you have any must do's that I should know about please,
> email
> > me.
> >
> > So I guess it's happy birthday to egglett number one.
> >
> > Linda

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