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Re: 6 eggs 7 babies

Posted by Tim on 1/02/09
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    > Hi Tim,
    > This happened to me many years ago with a pair of whiteface
    > cockatiels. 3 eggs...4 babies. 2 of the babies were one half
    > the size of the other 2. Both babies were pulled and handfed
    > day 1. One baby died after about a week and the other one
    > survived and caught up to the normal size siblings. Twins
    > are rare and seldom survive but it does happen. Usually
    > there is not enough room for the 2 to develop properly. If
    > they survive the incubating period the embryo on the bottom
    > sometimes cannot get to the air pocket so it dies at hatch.
    > I have also had a double yolk Amazon egg in which 1 yolk was
    > fertile and the other wasn't. In this case the embryo was on
    > the bottom and it survived.
    > Glenda

    Thanks Glenda,I know its pretty rare, but was a pleasent
    surprise non-the-less, parents were very good at keeping all
    the babies fed, I was impressed all six hatched, the twins was
    a bonus, In had a senegal pair years ago that produced twins
    but both died before hatching, now if only I can get twins
    with the rosies....