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#1 BroggiandMik

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:17 AM

My wife and I are new to the site and look forward to learning and sharing info on Conures!
we have two wonderful Green Cheeks named 'Cheeky' and 'Gracie'.

We have had them about 14 months .... not sure of their ages but probably about 3 yrs old.

On December 9th 2011 Gracie laid her first egg in her nesting box. She laid one egg every other day until she finished with a total of seven eggs in her nest. Now it is the 10th January 2012 and no eggs have hatched!!

With it being over a month since the first egg was laid, we are concerned.... this is our first time with Conure eggs. We don't enter the nesting box... but my wife managed to see that the eggs looked pinkish inside.

Gracie sits on them continuously ... coming out for no more than one or two minutes maximum.... just to have a nibble of food and maybe a drink and a poop. Then back onto the eggs.

Cheeky, the male stays out most of the day... eating, eating, and popping into the nesting box once in a while each day. When she comes out of the box he often nips her and seems to be goading her to return to the nesting box!

Can anyone please advise us of what to do?

It has been 30 days since the first egg was laid..

We would be extremely grateful for any information or tips you can give us.

Thank you all,

Mike and Jan

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:50 AM

Welcome to BB!

If the eggs are clear, then you can remove the eggs and allow the pair to try again.

Have they been DNA sexed?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:39 PM

Hi Monica,

Thank you for responding to us!

Janice has managed to glance at the eggs inside the box, using a flashlight when Gracie pops out for food. The eggs look white with a pink shade to them.

We bought the couple and were told they are a proven pair. They have not been DNA sexed.

They are both nippy, protective and Cheeky was continually mating with Gracie before and between layings until the last egg was laid toward the end of December!

They haven't since, to our knowledge..

We saw on a site last night that some 'birders' keep the Conure eggs in the nesting box for a month even two months just to ensure the last egg is not fertile?!

Gracie and Cheeky do look very healthy..

Sorry, that's about all we know at this point... we haven't wanted to intrude on the nest too much.... again any advice would be really welcome.


Thank you,

Mike and Jan

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:39 PM

"Proven" could mean many things... from "proven to mate", "proven to lay eggs" or even "proven to reproduce".

If the eggs were fertile then they would be dark and red. Below is one site that shows the development of [cockatiel] eggs. Infertile/newly laid eggs will shine yellow while fertile eggs that are starting to develop will shine orange/red.
http://rogerockercoc...ringforeggs.htm


You may want to consider removing the nest box and getting the pair DNA sexed until you know for sure if you have a true pair or a female/female pair. Then again, their lack of reproducing could be due to a new environment and/or being new parents and not getting it right the first time.


Looking healthy and being healthy aren't always the same thing. Do they eat a healthy diet? And if so, what kind of diet?

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:26 PM

Hi Monica,

Thank you for the info. We checked our log book and it looks like we are still good for due dates. Gracie was laying an egg every other day... even every third day.

Her last egg was laid on 21 Dec..... so 21 days from the last egg we are looking at the 11th January. Here's hoping!!

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

Hi every one!

Gracie is losing interest in the eggs.... not on the 'nest' much any more. In fact she was kicking the eggs around earlier today... yes kicking the eggs :(

So, we are taking the eggs out and cleaning out the nesting box. We'll get the birds DNA'd and nails groomed. Thank you all for helping us with this. We will keep you updated..

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:04 AM

Sounds like she was quite the dutiful mother until she realized the eggs weren't going to hatch! Don't know where you are located, but I would suggest Zoogen for DNA sexing (if in the USA), if you plan on doing it yourself ($20-$25 per bird. A-vets typically charge $30-$60 per bird) If you aren't comfortable taking the blood yourself, you can ask the a-vet to take a blood sample for the DNA sexing (might charge you a small fee).
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