What to do to save this egg?

macdoogle

Songster
9 Years
Feb 11, 2010
183
0
109
San Diego
I feel so helpless to save this last tiel egg. My pair that raised a successful clutch last year is not doing so well this time. 3 chicks hatched out of 4 eggs. I keep finding them cold in the corners of the box. I pulled the biggest out yesterday morning thinking it was dead. It warmed up under a lamp. I was able to give it a few drops of formula and put it back. In the afternoon same thing. This time it's rump looked red and bloody. I tried to warm it up and again tried to feed it but it died. This morning I went out and noticed both parents out of the box. Again the last 2 chicks were cold. One was dead and the other died a bit later. There is one egg left and I can see a fully formed chick with a nice air cell. Right now it's in an incubator. I just dont know what to do if it hatches. I'm not prepared to hand feed one so young. I've never done it before, and I do have to go to work. I dont know if I can give it back to the parents. I've brought the box inside from my outdoor aviary but they wont even go in.
 

bagendhens

Songster
10 Years
Mar 29, 2009
854
7
141
Outside the Boundries
unfortunatly it sounds like these birds know something you dont, when a normally sucessfull pair abandon a clutch like this its typically because theres an issue with the chicks.

if this one hatches you could try to re-introduce it to the nest box...they might accept it if its healthy.
otherwise youve got alot of handfeeding.
 

anaiyuk

Chirping
8 Years
Feb 26, 2011
235
1
89
Alaska
Maybe, if it hatchs you could post an add on craiglist explaining your situation. I bet you'll find someone who would love to feed and care for it!
 

BAMABIRDS

Chirping
9 Years
Jan 13, 2011
110
1
91
Do NOT reintroduce the babys to the parents. They won't have anything to do with them they need to be handfed. And this is just MY opinion but I would pull the box on that pair of tiels. That's just too much frustration. If you don't want to pull the box I would sell them and buy another pair.
 

macdoogle

Songster
9 Years
Feb 11, 2010
183
0
109
San Diego
Box is already pulled. Parents are back inside and seem just fine, happy and no sign of stress. No way I would ever sell them. I'm giving them a nice long brake and 'maybe' try again later, much later.
 

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