What to do to save this egg?

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by macdoogle, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. macdoogle

    macdoogle Songster

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    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.
     
  2. bagendhens

    bagendhens Songster

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    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.
     
  3. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chirping

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    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!
     
  4. macdoogle

    macdoogle Songster

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    I think you might be right. I'll just have to wait and see if this last egg hatches.
     
  5. macdoogle

    macdoogle Songster

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    Well, at least I have found someone who can hand feed the baby. Now I just hope it hatches.
     
  6. BAMABIRDS

    BAMABIRDS Chirping

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    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.
     
  7. macdoogle

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    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.
     
  8. macdoogle

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    By the way, thanks for all the help. We are all here because we love our birds.
     

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