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Re: friend's 2 pair cockatiels keeps having babies

Posted by bernie on 12/11/11
(6) Comments

    On 12/10/11, GreyLady wrote:
    > On 12/08/11, bernie wrote:
    >> On 12/07/11, Denise wrote:
    >>> On 11/22/11, bernie wrote:
    >>>> my friend got 2 pairs. ONE pair keeps having chicks. They
    >>>> started shorty after he got them . and they have not
    >>>> stop.. they had the first set of chicks and before the
    >>>> chicks left the nest box, THE hen laid again ,again and
    >>>> again. Now i hear there are 2 new eggs in the nest box
    >>>> again. WHAT can he do to stop them from having any more
    >>>> chicks. before any thing happen to the hen
    >>>> cheers and thank you
    >>> They need to take the nestbox away to give the hen a break!
    >>> As long as they have a box, they will keep breeding!
    >> THANK you for the info. I will tell my friends
    > Denise is exactly right. Also, if any more eggs are laid, they
    > should "addle" them to prevent the formation of an embryo.
    > That's easily done by putting them in a pot of water, as if to
    > boil. Heat it to just short of boiling, cool them back down and
    > return them to the pair. They should be allowed to tend the
    > until they grow bored waiting for them to hatch. Only after
    > abandon them, should they be removed. If they are taken away
    > soon, she will only try to lay more to replace them, box or
    > Instead of the box, if she has eggs, they should place them in a
    > shallow bowl, lined with paper towels. That allows them to tend
    > the eggs and keep them intact until boredom sets in and since
    > there is no privacy with a bowl, she will be much less inspired
    > to lay again. Make sure you friends also know they must never
    > allowed to run out of cuttle bone and other high calcium foods
    > their diet. If she gets egg bound due to calcium shortage, it
    > can be fatal.

    There are 5 eggs now and they are sitting on the eggs And the
    other pair their nest box is gone for now
    Thank you for the info