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Re: Hi Evelyn.

Posted by LindaC in OK on 5/10/07
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    Sadly there is no way to know if parents will feed babys.

    a bit of background first... I designed and had built a wonderful
    inside/outside aviary not knowing I would soon have health
    issues. I turned it over to my daughter 2 years ago. She is busy
    packing to move so I (Nana) get to feed spring babys.

    Normally I pull all babys at 10 days old. There is one pair of
    quakers (blue male/split to blue/female) that do not always feed
    babys and I knew this when I got them. Usually they will feed 2
    and we know to pull others after that as they hatch. This time we
    chose to pull all babys shortly after hatching. I've been feeding
    3 around the clock for what seems like weeks ( *yawn* ). The 4th
    and last egg of this clutch was due to hatch yesterday and this
    morning did have the inside starting of cracking but my daughter
    and I decided to not take a chance and I brought it inside. Long
    story short I did a partial assist. Baby is now kicking up a
    storm. In about an hour I will give it some diluted formula and
    it will soon catch up with others being fed every 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

    If you feel comfortable leaving your four that's good. Many
    judgement calls for us to make.

    I will try to check in more often but we just never know with
    weather and now with me feeding babys. Oh by the way these 4 all
    have white down. They could be blue or green/split to blue.

    Next clutch is 7 green quakers but thankfully the parents feed
    well. 2 nest boxes of tiel eggs going also to be pull at 10 days
    old. busy busy time.

    Wishing you much success,


    ~clik here~