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Re: Eggs and unweaned chicks

Posted by Jeff on 10/13/05
(6) Comments

    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


    After the chicks are approx. 6 weeks, you should separate them
    into their own, separate cage away from the parent birds and
    monitor them. You want them to gain a sense of independence,
    away from the parent birds.

    Unless you want more chicks, remove the new eggs from the box,
    immediately, and remove the box from the cage. Even after
    removing the box, "momma" might lay 1-2 more eggs onto the
    cage floor; but just remove the eggs if this occurs.