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Re: Artifical Zebra Finch Eggs

Posted by Karen Holick on 6/08/05
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    Thanks. I just had a hen die of what I guess was egg binding.
    One morning she was puffed up and then that night she was dead
    at the bottom of the cage with her intestines coming out of
    her back area.

    How will I recognize this in the future as binding and not
    getting sick from something else?

    Also I keep a nest in the cages but do not breed. Obviously I
    have to keep getting rid of the eggs (not now with the
    artifical eggs.) If I remove the nests will the hen stop
    laying? I know they prefer sleeping in a nest as to not.
    Karen

    On 6/07/05, Michael L wrote:
    > On 6/06/05, Karen wrote:
    >> Does anyone know where to find artifical zebra finch
    >> eggs? I was told by a woman that a website exists for
    >> these and I have forgotten it. These eggs can be replaced
    >> in the nest with the real ones to stop the female from
    >> producing eggs. It gives the pair something to nest on
    >> without producing babies.
    >>
    >> Many thanks.
    >
    > Karen,
    >
    > I've always made my own artificial eggs. At a craft store,
    I
    > buy a product called Sculpey Clay. It's a small, square
    > block of clay that comes in various colors. There is a
    shade
    > of white that matches the color of a natural egg.
    > Simply take a small piece, equivalent to what a Zebra egg
    > would amount to, and shape it into the shape of the egg.
    > Sounds difficult, but it's not. After one or two, you'll be
    > a pro. You bake these on a low temp in the over for less
    > than an hour and, when cool, you have eggs that can be used
    > for artificial incubation. They last forever as you can
    wash
    > them if they get soiled.
    > For about $1.50 you can have about 6 eggs.
    >
    > Michael L