Alternative incubation methods?

by Meighen

I have a male and a female Green Cheek Conure, both of which are about 5 years old. The female has laid eggs close to 10 times,though none of the eggs have ever hatched. We are unsure of which bird is causing damage to the eggs, but each time the eggs are laid, they only remain entact for about 2 weeks before they are damaged/cracked.

I am wandering if you could provide some information pertaining to alternative methods of egg hatching/incubating. I am willing to try anything, no matter how tedious or difficult.

Ideally, if you could provide me with steps I could follow in order to hatch the eggs, that would be great.

Thank you so much!

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May 17, 2009
by: Anonymous

I'm assuming that you have a proper nest box affixed to the cage. One where you have outside access so you can check on the babies and/or handfeed the smaller ones. If you have not witnessed your birds mating, then the eggs are probably "clear" which means the mother does not care to sit on them.If you do have a nestbox in cage, you need to remove it to keep hen from laying more eggs.

Albumin poisoning will eventually take both your birds' lives. I had a Cockie hen who kept laying eggs even after nestbox was out of cage, and she tasted one she broke one day and died a horrible death. Albumin poisoning cannot be reversed, and they die presenting neurological symptoms and are in a great deal of pain.It takes a while to die, and I never want to witness this horror again!

As for incubation, there are ways to do it, but you would need to "candle" any eggs first to see if they are fertile. That means holding each egg up with a bright light behind it. If there is something solid in egg, then it is fertile. If there is no embryo, then egg is clear. Incubation of eggs presents many problems. Incubator has to be automated so as to turn the eggs all the time iike mother bird does. They cost a great deal of money. Way more money than you'll ever get for your baby birds. There is no real money in breeding birds. The only people making any real profit are those who don't take birds to vet, feed them seeds only and generally operate like a puppy mill. With your initial outlay of cash, you will already be in the red. Once the babies actually hatch, you must feed them around the clock at first about every two hours. The brand new ones have to be fed with pipettes they are so small. I'd recommend taking nestbox out if it is in there, doing some study and shopping to find the right kind of incubator and then trying to breed after you know what you are getting into. Also think about where you would place these babies once they are weaned. Not so easy a task since the market is flooded with parrots, dogs, cats and God knows what all out there. Breeding birds is very expensive with little of the money back. Baby birds have to be weighed everyday. If they have not gained weight each day, then they have to be taken to avian vet for testing for bacterial infections.

In short, hatching the eggs is a small thing compared to what lies before you if and when you get them hatched. Let the parents' take care of the mating, laying of viable eggs, and go from there. The more you interfere, the more it will cost you in time and money in the long run. Do your homework thoroughly BEFORE putting a nestbox in at all.

Hope this helps.

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