This is what a fertile egg looks like!

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Breeders can usually look into a nest of eggs and tell which are fertile and which are not by the outward glow and color of the eggs. In this nest to the right, the bluish white eggs are alive. The four orange-ish white eggs are infertile. The eggs do not give these outward clues until they are somewhat developed. Can you tell which are fertile in the nest on the left? This time period is going to differ from species to species. The green cheek eggs take about 25 days to hatch. Our small little Gouldian eggs take about 14 days to incubate! Click here to see average incubation times for different species.

In this next picture, one egg is fertile and 2 are not. Click on it to blow it up big and see if you can tell which eggs are fertile.

 

When the egg is first laid, it looks like an egg you would buy from the grocer. The red spider veins do not begin to show up until after momma sits on it for about a week. This first picture shows you a clear egg. It is fertile, but the veins have not formed yet. This is a Crimson Bellied Conure egg. Click here for an idea of what to do with those infertile eggs.

Then a few days pass and the spider veins start to show inside the egg. This is how we know the egg is fertile and is the beginning of the someone's pet bird! This is another Crimson Bellied Conure egg on about day 3.  

This Crimson  Bellied egg is still a bit farther along and is fertile.

And, still farther along in development.

If this all fascinates you, a great site to look at more detailed egg development is at this link. http://ag.ansc.purdue.edu/poultry/clipart.htm#Embryos

 

The red line around this egg is called a blood ring. This happens if there is an early embryonic death.

When candling eggs, wash your hands with soap first and rinse very well. There are oils on your hands that you don't want to get on the eggs, for the oils could plog up the little pores (breathing outlets)  on the egg. We candle with an LED light because they do not put off heat. If a hen is really protective, we use a long LED book light to candle the eggs in the nest. That way we don't even have to pick the egg up. I wait to check them until they are about a week old so you are sure to be able to see the changes inside.

 

 

About 10 days after they hatch...

Nest Box Pictures!!!

June  3, 2009  Band 241 is weaned and ready for his new owner in NY. We are getting time to love on him while we wait for Zumo's nest box to mature enough to bring them in for handfeeding. Jess is taking daily pictures of this nest box. The oldest baby is a transplant from Fuzzy/Wuzzy's nest box and not a baby of Zumo and Kaida. It is a Pineapple and you can see its red eyes. The next 3 babies are Zumo's and Kaida's

Wet baby just hatched!

5/28/09

You can see 1 egg is fertile and 2 are not.

5/29/09

A 4th one hatched.

5/30/09

6/1/09

6/2/09

The oldest Pineapple baby is getting its white down, and that silly 2nd oldest is looking dead again!

6/3/09

 

6/6/09

 

6/7/09

 

6/9/09 Some thought that the second oldest looked dead in the 5/28 picture. You can see he is very alive! Now there are only 3 babies in Zumo's box.

 

6/10/09 We stole the oldest who was the Pineapple baby to start handfeeding it. This Pineapple baby is banded 250 and will be living with Lynette!

6/11/09

6/11/09

6/15/09

6/17/09 This is the last night for the next oldest baby to be in the box. He will soon be banded 251 and be in our brooder. This baby is reserved by Mary!

6/20/09 The oldest baby in here is John's baby! And,the younger one is probably Joey's.

 

 

About 4 weeks later....

And around 7 weeks....
Weaned at 8 weeks old!

 

 

Pretty amazing, eh? Our God is an Awesome God!

 

Species Incubation Time Species Incubation Time
Blue-Fronted Amazon
Cuban Amazon
Green-Cheeked
Hispaniolan Amazon
Lilac-Crowned Amazon
Puerto Rican  Amazon
Red-Lored Amazon
Spectacled (White Fronted) Amazon
Yellow-Naped Amazon
White Fronted Amazon

Black
Black Capped Lory
Blue-Crowned
Chattering
Collared
Dusky
Duyvenbode's
Ornate
Papuan
Purple Naped
Rainbow
Red (Moluccan)
Tahitian
Violet Necked
Yellow-Backed Chattering
Yellow Streaked

Fairy Lorikeets
Goldie's Lorikeets
Johnstone's Lorikeets
Little Lorikeets
Masena's Lorikeets
Meyer's Lorikeets
Musk Lorikeets
Ornate Lorikeets
Purple-Crowned Lorikeets
Red-Flanked Lorikeets
Scaly Breasted Lorikeets
Stella's Lorikeets
Swainson's Lorikeets
Varied Lorikeets
Weber's Lorikeets

Blue-Winged Parrotlet
Pacific Parrotlet

Black-Cheeked Lovebird
Black-Winged Lovebird
Fischer's Lovebird
Grey-Headed Lovebird
Masked Lovebird
Nyasa Lovebird
Peach-Faced Lovebird
Red-Faced Lovebird

26
26-28
24
25
26
25-27
25-26
24
28-29
24-25

25-27
24
23
26
30
24
24
27
21
24-26
25-26
24
25
27
26
24

25
24
21-23
22
23-26
23-24
25
26-28
22
25
23
26-27
25-26
22
27

18
17

24
25
23
23
23
22
23
22

Alexandrine Parakeet
Barred Parakeet
Budgerigar Parakeet
Canary-WingedParakeet
Derbyan Parakeet
Quaker Parakeet
Red-Fronted Parakeet
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Long-Tailed Parakeet
Malabar Parakeet
Moustached Parakeet
Sierra Parakeet
Yellow-Fronted Parakeet

African Grey
Amboina King
Australian King
Blue-Bonnet
Blue-Headed
Blue-Winged
Bourke's
Brown-Headed
Ceylon Hanging
Double-Eyed Fig
Eclectus
Golden-Shouldered
Green-Winged King
Hawk-Headed
Jardine's
Mallee-Ringneck
Meyers
Orange-Bellied
Paradise
Pesquet's
Phillipine Blue-Naped
Phillipine Hanging
Pileated
Princess
Red-Rumped
Red-Winged
Rock
Salvadori's Fig
Senegal
South American Red Capped
Superb
Swift
Timneh African Grey
Turquoise
Vernal Hanging
White-Capped

Blue & Gold Macaw
Buffon's Macaw
Caninde Macaw
Chestnut-Fronted Macaw
Green-Winged Macaw
Hyacinth Macaw
Illiger's  Macaw
Military Macaw
Red-Bellied Macaw
Red-Fronted Macaw
Red-Shouldered Macaw
Scarlet Macaw
Yellow-Collared Macaw

26-27
18
18
26
26
23
20
23-24
24
27
25-26
28
20

28
20
20-21
19
24-27
18
18
26
19
18-19
28
19
20
28
25-26
20
24-25
21
21
26-29
26
20
24
20
21
21
18
23
24-25
23
20
20
26
20
22
26-28

26
26-27
26
28
26
26-28
26-27
26
25
26
24
26
26

 

 

 

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