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Re: lovebird eggs

Posted by sarah oveson on 8/23/07
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    On 4/26/07, Brimonster wrote:
    > On 4/16/07, been there wrote:
    >> On 4/16/07, amy wrote:
    >>> Hi,I know they say it is normal for lovebirds to lay 4-8
    >>> eggs but,since last sun. mine have laid 9.Does this mean I
    >>> have 2 females?I have seen them mating many times,and the
    >>> one I think to be the male is always on her back but I
    >>> wanted to know of 2 females will do this too?I have tried
    >>> to candel the eggs but I'm new to this and cant tell for
    >>> sure.a few of the eggs have dark lines almost like shadows
    >>> in them,and I know it would be to early to tell with all
    >>> the eggs,some of them are still clear.Anyway I would be
    >>> greatfull for any help at all.Thanks.
    >> Good question. A young hen can lay 9 eggs as can two females.
    >> Two females can set up housekeeping as a male & female pair
    >> would.
    >> A hen will nount another hen as will a male & female.
    >> If you notice both birds shredding paper and tucking it and
    >> taking it back to the nest box, that would probably indicate
    >> you have two females, but there is the rare male that can do
    >> that also.
    >> A fertile egg, from the beginning will show fine red lines
    >> which indicate blood vessels. These then go on to expand and
    >> become dark masses over the course of incubation.
    >> The only way to be 100 percent sure is DNA testing, or until
    >> you eventually get a chick.
    >> Don't throw any of the eggs away and continue to candle them
    >> at a later date. Lovebirds incubation is about 23 days.
    >> Good luck.
    > I have a proven male who shreds and tucks, so yep, there are
    > those rare males out there!
    > Check the eggs 4-7 days after being laid. Like ^ they said,
    > eggs will show red veins coming out from a single spot. That
    > spot where the veins come from will eventually be the chick.
    > How long did it take for the bird(s) to lay 9 eggs? That will
    > be the determining factor. It should take at least 16 days for
    > a hen to lay 9 eggs by herself. If it were any faster than
    > that, you have 2 females.
    > Briana

    hi my 2 lovebirds are laying eggs i don't know if theyre both
    females or what they shred paper like crazy but they don't use
    for a nest. we have a bowl in the cage and thats where the egg
    is now. but if they don't sit on it will it still hatch? i am
    new at this so i don't know. how do i know if theyre both
    females or male and female?