Egg BrokenBroken Eggs
Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:46 PM
I am back today again. My cockatiel's egg has broken parts in it. Its only been one day and they have hidden it under the pine shavings not visible to my eye unless I dig in to find it. I would appreciate your help if you have experienced this and to know what to do with the egg. She might be laying tomorrow so I want to make sure I do it right this time. It was an unexpected egg laying this time so the first one was laid under a lot of hassle and nervousness. She was going to lay it in the cage but I put her in her travel cage moments before she was laying. Then got her the nest box and transferred today morning. I think in their preparation for more nesting, the egg got hurt more than it should have. I am devastated but more prepared for tomorrow. Please let me know if you think i should remove that egg thats hiding under the pine shavings (both birdies have come out of their nest boxes). Thanks.
P.S. I made the egg visible to take a pic and see wot I can do.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:34 PM
If the egg is broken, it needs to be removed, along with the shavings, and the entire nest box clean and sterilized. Leaving it alone could result in a lot of bacteria forming and making them sick.
Have you tried feeding sprouted seeds? Pellets? Cooked eggs?
It might be possible to leave the nest box in the main cage and allow her to incubate there (assuming you want to breed), if the rest of the flock either a) leaves her alone or doesn't bother her enough to make her leave the nest. If the others are causing problems for her, it would be best to put her and her mate in a separate cage for reproducing - but near the rest of the flock.
If she isn't on the best of diet and lacking nutrients, she may not be in a good condition to breed. Laying hens may have abnormally large droppings, potentially smelly as well, but if her poops look too far from normal, you may want to consider getting a gram stain done on one of her first morning poopies to make sure she's not sick.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:26 AM
I did try giving her sprouts but she won't touch them. She does like her pellets which shes enjoying...as well as whole wheat bread, corn, green leaves such as spinach and romaine lettuce...rice are obviously top fave.
The rest of the flock does not let her stay well and her hubby is very aggressive towards his other kids trying to protect her. So keeping the nest box outside but right next to the cage and all day long she and her hubby stayed in the nest box or just around it while the flock stayed in the cage.
Thanks again for replying!!!!
Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:38 PM
As far as sprouted seeds, you might want to look into some overnight sprouting, or rather seeds that you can feed germinated without having to completely sprout them.
Sounds like you've figured out a good temporary solution for now =)
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