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Re: Another Question

Posted by jill on 1/25/06
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    On 1/25/06, Sarah wrote:
    > On 1/25/06, Sarah wrote:
    >> On 1/24/06, jill wrote:
    >>> On 1/24/06, Sarah wrote:
    >>>> Hey. Another question for you guys. How should I take the
    >>>> eggs out to check them, if my female will wonder where the
    >>>> eggs went? She might reject them. ~Sarah
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> you have to be really careful about this. alot of people
    >>> will tell you to wait till she gets off the eggs. it has
    >>> been my experience that when i checked them without the
    >>> mother present she abandon them. the times i have checked
    >>> them with mom in tow i haven't had this problem. i suppose
    >>> it depends on how much she trusts you, but if your carefull
    >>> and try to do it only once(so you'll want to wait till she
    >>> has finished laying) wait till the last egg laid is at least
    >>> 5 days old. from 5 days you will see either the red viens or
    >>> a dark spot that is the chick. unfertile eggs are usually
    >>> dried out and pretty easy to tell they aren't good. i leave
    >>> my eggs even if they aren't fertile because mom will sit on
    >>> them either way. throwing them out sometimes discourages mom
    >>> from laying again. hope this helps, jill
    >>
    >>
    >> So do you mean that i should take them out when she is watching
    me? She trusts
    >> me a pretty fair amount. When I check once a day(sometimes
    less) she is ALWAYS
    >> close by, when i lift up the cover.(I wait until she is eating
    or taking a break until i


    you can always let her be your guide. if she seems ok with you
    looking in on them and goes right back to them then i would say
    she'd be ok with you checking them. i just wouldn't make a habit
    of it. my females are always present when i check them....at least
    nearby and when i am done i will put her to the entrance so she
    will go in and she can check them out and know they are ok. they
    are usually ok with this....it is important that you let her
    finish laying her eggs before you mess with them because she is
    more likely to abandon 1 or 2 eggs then she would be a full
    clutch. they have such a great drive to raise babies by the time
    they are done laying. hope this helps, jill