laying egg period

by Julie
(Bisbee, AZ, USA)

How long do female birds lay on eggs? My bird has been laying on 3 eggs for more than a month. Should I remove them or leave them alone?

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Sep 24, 2010
laying egg period
by: Linda

Since you did not say what kind of bird you have, it is not possible to say when eggs may hatch or not. I suggest you look up the kind of bird you have along with incubation time for eggs next to it and do a search on the internet.

Birds lay eggs every other day until they are done, so hatching will start however many days bird's incubation period is starting with the first egg laid. Eggs hatch every other day in the order they were laid. Thirty days is on the long side, so eggs may be infertile. You can tell whether eggs are fertile by holding them carefully in front of a flashlight. If you see a shadow form inside, the egg is fertile. If not, the egg is clear and throw them away as quickly as possible.

All this information about breeding is information you should have looked up and studied before breeding birds. You may also have to hand feed the babies if the mother does not want to. You may need to handfeed the two smaller ones if your clutch is four to catch them up with the two larger babies. The larger babies can and do crush the smaller ones in their desire to be fed first.

Handfeeding is a learned skill, and you can hurt babies if you don't know what you are doing, so you may wish to talk to a breeder in your area and have them show you how to do it correctly. Forget about the pet stores because they barely can keep up with what kinds of birds they have much less anything else.

Also, babies HAVE to gain weight each day or they are sick. You'll need a gram scale, and you have to weigh them every single day to make sure they are gaining weight. A baby that does not gain weight is sick with a bacterial infection and will need to be taken to an Avian Vet to be diagnosed and treated immediately. In fact, all the babies have to go because they are all sick with the same thing one has as these infections are highly contageous and are sometimes given to the babies by Mother birds who were not taken to an Avian Vet for exam BEFORE breeding. The babies will die from undiagnosed/untreated infections quickly because they do not have any immune system to fight infection with.

Handfeeding formula can be found here, and you'll need to get the correct size syringes from either your Avian Vet or local feed store.Use only a bird safe cleaner to clean them, and this is NOT bleach as bleach leaves a film and will poison babies.


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