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TheLauren 11-24-2012 01:41 PM

3 Eggs!
 
I have two beautiful lovebirds. They started mating a few weeks ago, and yesterday morning the female laid 3 eggs.

I am quite excited. I have never bred birds, but I did hand feed my current birds.

My only concern is that I am booked for a vacation on the weekend the eggs should be hatching.

Has anyone here bred birds and have advice?

countrylove 12-15-2012 03:00 AM

Get a pet sitter or reschedule. Birds are finicky. Wish I could give you details. My mom raises and breeds birds (Empty nest syndrome Lol literally). I personally don't like birds in houses (wild birds are different) lol and we never had many as kids. We just had our one parrot for 10+ years :) and a few parakeets. I moved out 10 yrs ago and my mom has been doing the bird thing since. I just know they are finicky. Good Luck!! Babies are cute :)
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EvilHorseOfDoom 12-15-2012 04:23 AM

I bred budgies for years, they're not too similar from lovebirds

To be honest the chicks should be fine, but mum and dad will need fresh food and water each day - is there a plan in place for this? You'll also notice that now mum's dropped the eggs she'll be doing some very BIG droppings - not to worry, it's only because she's been storing them up and her vent has temporarily stretched to release the eggs.

Coming into winter, you'll need to make sure they're kept warm and away from drafts but whatever you do don't use a gas heater. In fact the best heater would probably be an electric oil heater (one of those ones with oil inside but no flame or anything) kept on a low temp in a different room. You don't want the air drying out too much, or the heat being unnaturally high. This will probably be your main concern.

Can you have someone who has even just keeping experience with birds come in and check on them once a day and do their water? Just to be on the safe side. But really, if they're the only eggs then the danger is mostly over for the time being. I'd be more worried about leaving a hen about to lay (egg-binding especially) than leaving a hen with hatching chicks - mum and dad, if they're decent parents, should be able to look after their young without much help. In fact birds generally don't like too much interference at this time and you could be hard-pressed changing food and water without getting a glare and squawk from mum!

I'm assuming mum and dad are the only adult birds in the cage? That's generally the practice with lovebirds but I just wanted to check. New babies are at risk from other wannabe mums, and lovebirds can be darn vicious and intolerant at the best of times.

TheLauren 12-15-2012 07:15 AM

So, this is the expected weekend for hatching! I'm away at the rocking horse ranch with my family. But my brother and sister will be checking In every day with the birds. I'll let you know how it goes.
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EvilHorseOfDoom 12-15-2012 07:24 AM

So long as they've got someone checking on them every day they should be fine for a weekend :-) If there are any complications I can try and dig up some resources for you but generally the laying bit is a lot harder than the chick bit. So long as their environment is well controlled they should be good! Photos please, as soon as mum lets you take them (which might not be til they come out of the box!).

Chevaux 12-15-2012 01:00 PM

Subbing - I'd love to see pics as well. Good luck with the little ones.

TheLauren 12-27-2012 01:37 PM

The eggs were unfertilized. Oh well, maybe next time!

Chevaux 12-27-2012 01:51 PM

Ohhh - disappointment!

EvilHorseOfDoom 12-28-2012 02:21 AM

Such a pity :-(
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jillybean19 12-29-2012 02:14 AM

My first reaction when I saw this thread was how you know the eggs were fertilized - I've had many eggs from all sorts of birds, including one that I thought was male! In the dark, hold the egg up to a flashlight. If it has veins, it's fertilized. If it's all the same with no veins, no babies.


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