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Re: Another Question

Posted by Sarah on 1/25/06
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    On 1/25/06, jill wrote:
    > 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
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    >>>> 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
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    >>> 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
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    > 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
    Thanks! And also, when i do tak ethem out, would it be okay to put like say a red color
    dot on 1 egg, a blue one on another, etc.? To tel them apart