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Do lovebirds turn their eggs?

Postby sal » Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:00 pm

Hello everyone!
I have a pair of lovebirds who laid 4 eggs 2 weeks ago, I noticed that eggs are exactly on the same place all the time, I was under the impression that birds have to turn eggs in order for the embryo to survive. Any idea if this is correct for Lovebirds?
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Re: Do lovebirds turn their eggs?

Postby Pajarita » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:36 am

I do not breed parrots and, although I did have a pair of lovebirds that ended up producing a clutch by accident, I did not even know they had a nest with eggs in it so I could not really answer that question.

But lovebirds are usually not hand-raised (which is much better and healthier for them) and, although there is a learning curve for nesting and caring for babies and eggs (and that is the reason why breeders always prefer 'proven' birds), there are certain behaviors that are instinctual and I would assume that turning the eggs is one of them.

Have you candled the eggs? It could be that she is not turning them because they are clear.

I hope you reconsider breeding them in the future. There is a HUGE overpopulation of parrots and some rescues don't even take the little ones any longer - aside from this, there aren't that many good homes for parrots and keeping the babies is quite iffy as they will commit incest and end up producing defective babies. When it comes to overpopulation, you are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem - there is no middle ground.
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