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Message #3306. This is a followup to #3305.

Name:Margaret
Date:Sunday July 10, 2005 3:43:24 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Kiwi Anna & Mr. Bird's Egg
Message: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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