Should I clean the nest box and remove a bad egg, while babies are still weaning?

by daddy bird
(florida)

I have a pair of Indian ringnecks new parents. Will pull babies at 2+ weeks old. Should I clean out the old wood chips and replace it with clean wood chips? Also, I believe there are two bad eggs. Should I chase mom out and remove them? Or wait a few more days then pull them.

My concerns are the chicks health?

Thanks.

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Mar 08, 2012
Should I clean the nest box and remove a bad egg, while babies are still weaning?
by: Linda

First of all, wood chips are HORRIBLE for the birds, so get them out of there and keep them out. If birds eat them, they cause impaction either in the crop or in trying to pass through the digestive system. They are dangerous beyond belief.

The boxes do not need anything in them beyond clean, unprinted newspaper which can be found at your local newspaper office. They have partially used rolls of clean, unprinted paper that is sold cheap,and lasts a long time and is a clean medium for cage bottoms and nest boxes. Yes, throw away the bad eggs because they will poison the birds if eaten.

Also, I'm not understanding what you said about "pulling the babies". Do you have plans to handfeed them? If so, you have to use baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe which is a learned skill. These birds will not be ready to wean until about 12 weeks or 3 months, and weaning is a process and does not happen quickly.

Also, it would be best for the birds to be weaned onto high quality organic pellets like Harrison's found here. All seed diets and junk pellet diets are unhealthy, and birds get sick easier and are generally less healthy than birds eating a healthy diet.

Changing the parents over will take time, and here is article about how to go about it. Babies can be easily weaned onto the pellets, so use them for weaning food when time arrives. Also, I'd wait until babies are 3 weeks old and fully feathered and stronger to pull them.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Linda

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