how long should you wait on the eggs to hatch

My sun conure laid eggs 25 days ago and they haven't hatche yet so how long should I wait before I get rid of them?

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Apr 25, 2012
how long should you wait on the eggs to hatch
by: Linda

Usual time is 30-35 days. You can, however, candle the eggs as they are laid to see if they are fertile or not. You do this by gently picking up an egg and holding a bright light, like a flashlight, behind it. If you see a shadow of something very small, this is a fertile egg. If you see nothing at all, this is called a clear egg.

If the hen is sitting on the eggs, it could mean they are fertile or not. If they turn out to be clear/infertile, throw them away. If the hen continues to lay, you may want to get some fake eggs that are your bird's size and she can sit on those and not run the risk of poisoning from eating an infertile egg that has gone rancid.

If your birds are not producing fertile eggs, this has to do with health of the parents. All parrots need to be eating a high quality diet of organic pellets like Harrison's found here. They are 100% nutrition at 80-85% of the diet, and only 10-15% of that would be in veggies and/or fruit which means small amounts a few times a week. You can also sprout seeds like sunflower, and the sprouts provide a very high quality protein plus vitamins and minerals. There are instructions on the internet about how to sprout seeds which is a way to use up seed mixes after a bird has been weaned onto pellets.

Birds also have to be examined by an Avian Vet before breeding to make sure they carry no infections or other physical problems. Any infections are transferred directly to babies which means they will die with diagnosis and treatment with an Avian Vet.

Breeding is more complicated than some seem to think, and if done correctly, it is expensive and time consuming. Don't expect to get much of anything for babies either as the market is flooded with birds and has been for years. Parrots end up in horrible living conditions and are usually moved around a lot during their long lives. The cheaper the bird, the more likely they are to end up in abusive/neglectful homes with unsavory people who do not value life of any kind. My suggestion is not to breed birds, cats, dogs or any pets as the world is full of birds and animals living out their lives in agony and neglect.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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