care of eggs

if my parakeets lay an egg what care should i take of it?if they hatch what to give the budgies as food?

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Oct 08, 2011
care of eggs
by: Linda

This is a LOT more complicated than you may think. First of all both parent birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet to clear them for infection or other physical problems. Infections are passed directly down to the babies, and sick babies don't last long.

Secondly, you have to have the correct set up. You have to have a breeding cage with a nestbox made of wood that hangs on the outside of cage with only the hole and perch inside cage. This is so you can check the eggs and babies. Babies have to be weighed everyday and if one does not gain weight, it and the others are sick and have to be diagnosed and treated by Avian Vet.

You have to know how to handfeed baby parrot handfeeding formula(found here) using a syringe. This is a learned skill, so you'll need to work with a breeder who can show you how to do this safely with you actually doing some of the feeding.

The birds need to be at least one year old before even beginning as immature hens are likely to die being egg-bound.

Eggs have to be fertile and to see if they are you have to "candle" them. Gently remove them from nestbox and shine a bright light behind them. If you see a small solid mass inside, they are fertile, if nothing shows, they are clear or infertile. Both your parent birds need to be eating a high quality pelleted diet like Harrisons found here to be in breeding condition. All seed diets produce unhealthy adults and sickly babies. Here is a link on how to go about changing from seeds to organic pellets:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

No changes in diet can be started until birds have been examined and either cleared by Avian Vet or treated for any infections.

You'll have to do the learning on your own from here, and there is a lot to know BEFORE even putting two birds together. If you've not done all of the above, separate the birds and try again later.

Linda

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