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    hey in put a post out for advice on eggs the other week. my lovebird laid her first egg on 14th jan and 5 more over the following week or so, surely if anything was going to happen it would have by now, shes still sitting tight. is there a chance the first eggs are no good but the last few laid may be ok.
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    Re: No chicks yet????

    I think most lovebird eggs take 26 days to hatch. I don't think any of them would be fertile as it is past the 26 day mark...

    I could be wrong however, so someone please correct me if I am.


    have they had a successful clutch before? If not, the clutch may be a dudd.

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    no she laid 2 eggs last year but didnt even sit on them. will taking them out and holding them to a light show anything up still, i havent touched them but feel she might be wasting her time and she has a bad leg which is suffering a bit i think. i'd hate to leave her sitting on them for no reason.

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    Re: No chicks yet????

    So they've never had a successful clutch then. Are you sure they're male and female?
    Only reason I ask that, is that I had a bonded female pair where only one laid eggs and they both sat on them as if they were going to have a successful clutch.

    I wouldn't touch the eggs. Let her abandon them herself.

    If she were that uncomfortable with her leg, she would move Lovebirds are like that, they have enough common sense to move if it bothers them.

    I would take them out to candle them like you said, but return them to where they were before.

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    cool i'll try that tomorrow. i'm pretty sure they are a male/female pair, they mated loads before the eggs. I will see how things go tomorrow and just wait to see what happens.
    thanks for all your help

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    hey i candled them this morning.
    4 of them are definatly duds but two have pink vains running through them. is there hope for them or is it too late

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    Re: No chicks yet????

    If there are pink veins, it means they are developing.

    If they were fertile, but duds, the eggs would turn dark. Give her some more time.

    (We don't have lovebirds, but we do have breeding tiels and green cheek conures)

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    Re: No chicks yet????

    The veins do indicate development, but sometimes they can stop developing at an early stage and don't turn like a DIS egg would. When were the last 2 eggs laid?

    Whats the humidity and temperature in the room where the birds are? Get a humidity meter and try and keep it between 50-65%, although 60-65% is more desirable. Avoid the humidity fluctuating is important. Make sure they have lots of nesting material aswell as bath water available at all times. Masked lovebirds will drag the nesting material through the bath water before stuffing it in the nest, to balance the humidity to how they want it.

    Humidity is responsible for alot of dud eggs with Lovebirds. I lost 25 eggs this season when the humidity flumped whilst I was away in Japan. 6 fertile eggs from champion pair aswell, all died in the shell :'(

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    Re: No chicks yet????

    to be honest i'm not that sure when the last two were laid as for a while we thought she only had four as she was sitting so tight we could never see. its pretty humid where she is. They live at my work which is a dog groomning salon and its always warm there from either the dryers or the heating which we leave on for them. today she hasn been on and off the eggs more so than usual. would putting the two eggs that look fertile in an incubater help. i could get one tomorrow and do that. i was starting to think nothing was going to happen but after looking at the two eggs i was a little more hopefull but now i'm worried momma might have had enough and give up on the two possible chicks

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    Re: No chicks yet????

    Leave the parents on the eggs and see what happens

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    Re: No chicks yet????

    well today momma has not sat on her eggs att all. i've left them in but she has not been down to he nest for hours so i guess thats it for this clutch. thanks for all the advice from every one on here. maybe next time she'll be sucessful. they have been mating all after noon randy litlle buggers

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