red rumped parakeets eggs

by Jane Hartley
(Tenerife)

Hi, my red rumped pair have 1-2 chicks,and about 3 eggs. but this morning found 1 egg in the bath, at the bottom of their avary. egg had chick in side,possibly dead.is this normal behaviour,both parents looking after the chick and other eggs ok.

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Apr 21, 2013
red rumps
by: jane hartley

hi,to all whom have contacted me, still only 2 healthy chicks,so not sure if laid a lot later,don´t like to stress the parents to much,also hoping a friend of mine who´s a vet, will contact me at some point,but I know shes very busy, with work daughter,2 dogs and 7 birds of their own, thanks again for all your very usefull advise,as it was a great help.jane

Apr 12, 2013
red rumped parakeet eggs.
by: jane hartley

hithanks again for replying. no the security is fine.we also have a french bulldog,whom keeps an eye on the terrace,and house.Also we live in tenerife,canary island.No cats, only thing could be lizards. we have two that,live on the terrace,But one two small.the other too big to get into the aviary.And I had only checked 1/2 hr before.Friend of ours is a vet and thinks that if the chick had died then the parent might of taken it out to safe gaurde the others??.ALso the weather had turned a little cold,so we can only hope everything o.k now.Also we are feeding egg food supplement, and vit/mineral;and usual seeds veggies,fruit,etc to be sure. And keeping a very close eye on them,N:B ther was no fracus from the parents at the time.thank you so much,your gratefully jane

Apr 09, 2013
red rumped parakeets eggs
by: Linda

I'm so sorry to hear about the little chick thrown or taken out of the nest. One thing that popped into my mind when I read that was how secure is your aviary? I'm talking about mice, rats, possoms, etc and this would also include snakes though a snake would have tried to eat egg right there. If parents put up a fuss, whatever did this dropped the egg on way out because there is nothing more fierce than a breeding pair of birds!

When I say secure in regards to aviary, I'm talking double wire buried in concrete curbs with concrete as the floor with drainage piped out underneath the concrete. Pipes coming out from under aviary also have to be capped with small guage wire like some kind of strong screening and removed when it is necessary to hose down bird's enclosure.

Anything short of this will allow all manner of little creatures access to inside of aviary. Your experience sounds more like little animals hands than anything else. Rest assured, whoever it was is nursing a few bites about now.

The male is not supposed to do anything except guard the nestbox and possibly feed hen from time to time. He will not be feeding babies as males see their job as protector not feeder.

I'd look into your aviary security because mice can fit through places you would not believe. Baby snakes are also very agile at getting in through small enclosures. If your aviary has a dirt bottom, any of them can dig under, so birds are at risk of attacks and nest robbing not to mention various diseases brought by various little critters.

I hope the other two eggs hatch. Keep in mind that the two smallest babies may need supplemental feeding with handfeeding formula until they catch up in size with older siblings. The older, larger babies sometimes trample smaller ones to get the food. We always had to take out the two smaller ones and feed a few times a day. Once babies are fed, they are put back into nest box with hen and siblings.We would take them out when everybody was crying for food which gave the hens a break. Use baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe. Your avian vet can give you the correct size, and they need to have tip on them so they go into small mouths easier. When I used to feed Cockatiels, I used a 10cc size syringe, so that would probably do for your birds too. Keep in mind, the same animal that came in and dropped the egg can also come back and try and take babies. In future, you may wish to bring hen and eggs to an inside cage until babies are weaned. Don't put babies back in with parents though because this will cause much "TROUBLE IN THE KINGDOM".

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Editor's note: Jane, I don't have a way to post your pictures or send them to Linda, so she doesn't know you aviary is indoors. :-) I posted her advice because for years to come people will come here and read this and it will help those with outdoor aviaries. ;-)

Apr 09, 2013
parakeet eggs
by: Alex

The egg may have died, so it would be normal to get rid of it.

Apr 09, 2013
red rumped parakeet eggs.
by: jane hartley

hi Yes we are using a nest box,so that eggs can´t fall out,hence why slightly be mused how it got their,will check again on eggs and chicks tomorrow.to see if one,or both eggs have hatched,as don´t like to desturb them to much. as we have to take a step ladder to get to the nest.Forwarded photos of aviary,hope you recieved.your sincerely
jane

Apr 08, 2013
egg in bath
by: jane

hi,thank you for replying,but for the egg to get out of thier nest,it would have had to been lifted up, then thrown or dropped as nest box safe,ie high sides to avoid this.We think the chick might have died, so parents have taken it out,as they have 2 chicks,and 2 eggs still and are very atentive.hence we were trying to cnfirm, if this was normal behaviour.look forward to hearing your comment,and advise,gratefully recieved.J.H

Apr 08, 2013
egg in bath
by: Alex

It sounds to me as if the egg fell out of the nest or was accidentally knocked out.

As the parents are looking after the other , it does not look like it was intentional.

The egg may well be dead, but you could try incubating the egg, but chances are the egg will be too cold now.

You say the egg ended up in the bath. How?

Are they using a nestbox or open nest.

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