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Re: Eggs and unweaned chicks-Kitty J.

Posted by Rowena on 10/11/05
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    On 10/11/05, Kitty.J wrote:
    > On 10/10/05, Rowena wrote:
    >> Hi all. Quick question - I hope-... Keets doing a great
    >> job of raising/feeding the two chicks that hatched, now 31
    >> and 36 days old. Still in the nest box, both still
    >> feathering up, not quite ready to leave the box yet. Mom
    >> has gone and laid another two eggs in with the chicks.
    >> Dad seems to be taking over the feedings. Do I need to
    >> remove the eggs (and any more that are laid) untill the
    >> chicks are weaned? Will mom resume helping with the
    >> feedings? Or has she decided enough is enough with this
    >> clutch? Oh, and is this any where normal? Thanks Rowena
    > Usually the females will stop feeding the young when the
    > young are near fledging its helps the young leave the box on
    > their own andye sshe'll start laying eggs, if she attacks
    > the young then you should take the eggs away, but remember
    > this might make the female lay more eggs

    Thanks Kitty, I'll keep an eye on her. This is her second
    clutch with me, she didn't do this with the first clutch. I
    know the oldest chick is probably ready, but I worry about the
    second, he's still getting in his "pins". If these eggs are
    viable (see earlier post about "half the eggs"), I'm going to
    pull the nest box for a few months after these hatch. Not into
    breeding for resale, so don't need bunches of babies. Just
    love having keets around. Thanks again, Rowena