Incubating sparrow egg UPDATE: Something terrible just happened.... :(

ilovemychickies

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Hi all, mom and I found an egg that had been blown down during some bad storms we had last night. The nest is WAY up in the tree, so we have no hope of reaching it and the mommy wasn't there either. This is the only surviving one. All the others we're broken.
I candled it and there is a little embryo inside and I think that I might have seen it move. I really don't want it to die and I was thinking that I could use our bator to incubate it, but there's only one problem: I have no idea what temprature to set it to! Does anyone have any ideas? I google searched "Incubating Sparrow Eggs" and nothing that was helpful came up. I would really appreciate any help!






Ashleigh
 
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MRNpoultry

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Me and my brother were out in the garden and found 3 robin eggs. We didn't have a incubator so we got a vegtable light and tried to hatch them. We didn't get them to hatch though.

Hope you can save him/her. Good luck
 

MRNpoultry

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This says 100 degrees

So do we. The process of hatching to fledgling is not as simple as it appears. Temperature, humidity, and turning of the egg all play a part in successfully getting a bird from egg to flying free in the wild.

Most wildlife rehabilitators will have little interest in hatching an egg you've found. On average, an egg needs to have a constant temperature of 100 degrees fahrenheit to hatch.

Turning of the egg to prevent overheating needs to be done several times daily throughout the incubation time. Humidity is also important during incubation. Providing all these requirements is more than most people can do. Keep in mind this is over a 24 hour time period. No sleeping throughout the night.
 

Guitartists

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Good luck with your little egg! Be sure to research feeding and raising small birds, in the event that it hatches for you. We raised a robin once.... high protien puppy food mixed with a bit of water and warmed in the microwave..... dip finger in and use finger like beak to shovel it into their big ole mouth
Our little robin already had some feathers, I'm not sure on heat requirements for them after birth. You might check some sites on rearing captive bird breeds. I'm sure someone somewhere on the web has done what you're doing..... hit Google!
 

hiddenmagnolia

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I have hatched them for other people. I just put in the bator in the egg carton and treated it the same as my chicken eggs. But I didn't keep it after hatching they picked it up.
 

ilovemychickies

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Hi all. Thanks so very much for the help. I really appreciate it. Something horrible just happened. I went out to take my silkie and put it outside and I had the egg in my hand. Then before I could stop her, my dog came up and ate the egg out of my hand.
I am sobbing right now. I feel so horrible! That little egg was my responsibility and I let my dog eat it!
I was able to get the shell from her, so I went out and burried it and I picked some wildflowers and put it on the grave. You have no idea how horrible I feel!
 
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