Parakeet won't sit on egg and only laid three???

by Cassie
(U.S.A)

Hi, my female parakeet is over two years old and has layed three eggs in this clutch. The first two eggs broke but she layed the third egg in a nesting box and it survived! She layed this third egg about a week ago and hasn't layed any more eggs since then.

She goes to the egg and touches it sometimes but she WON'T sit on it! She hasn't broken this egg yet like she did to some of her others in the past. Does this mean that this egg is most likely fertile? Why won't she sit on her egg? Is it possible to only lay three eggs in a clutch? Thank you!

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Mar 08, 2012
Six eggs
by: Anonymous

well my hen has 6 eggs and we got her a big wood nest. we put the eggs inside and she will not go out of there except to eat drink or stretch!!! her mate keeps popping in there randomly, is that normal? it's the first time he has done it.

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May 03, 2010
keets egg
by: Anonymous

mine laid five and they didn't hatch yet.

Apr 21, 2010
Bondi not sitting on eggs
by: Bondi

Hi,
The birds are about 1.5years old - 1 femaile, 1 male.
The female has laid 2 eggs in the last 3 days.
We have the 2 parakeets in the cage and they have definitely been breeding regularly by frequent observations.

The female will not lay on the eggs.
We provided (2) types of nests:
1) small open round nest from Petco
2) a "hut looking" nest with large hole and roof from Petco.

We picked up the eggs and put them in the open nest.
We provided "nesting straw/cotton" from Petco in hopes the female will use this for one of the nests.

Is it ok if she does not sit on the eggs?
Are these types of nests ok to use or do we HAVE to use the typical wooden nesting boxes?

Thank you.

Mar 11, 2010
eggs
by: Anonymous

My hen laid 5 eggs and was laying on them.. Today for some reason she stopped sitting on them.
She's been out of her cage all day and she hasn't eaten either

Editor's note: If your bird is not eating, it needs to see an avian vet right away.

Aug 05, 2009
Eggs
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie said, you need to learn more about breeding the birds before you get all worked up over it. First, a male is necessary to fertilize the eggs, second if hen is not sitting on eggs, she will not do so later on. Fertile eggs have to be kept a constant temperature or baby inside dies from lack of heat.

The other issue here is that it is not only okay to candle eggs and otherwise handle them, it is a must. If a hen lays eggs, and you have seen breeding between her and male beforehand, most likely she will sit on the eggs. Clutches are anywhere between 2 and 4 eggs as there are no set rules about that.

You can use a bright flashlight shining directly behind them to tell if they are fertile. A dark area will show in the bright light, and that is the baby forming.

So, to recap, learn all you can about breeding including proper cages and boxes, handfeeding if you need to has to learned as it takes time and experience to do it properly.

Hope this helps,
Linda

Aug 05, 2009
Answer to previous comment
by: Cassie

My female keet does have a male mate. We think that this egg is fertile but we don't want to touch it and candle it.

Aug 05, 2009
Parakeet layed eggs
by: Tracie

First of all, if the bird does not have a male mate, the egg will not be fertile.

Second, I would like to suggest that you offer to help another experienced breeder so that you will have more of an understanding about breeding.

I am not a breeder, so these are the only things I know to suggest.

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