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RE: we have pinkies!!!

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Posted by: PHIggysbirds at Fri Sep 4 23:03:58 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHIggysbirds ]  
   

Congratulations on your enlarged family As far as how many will hatch there is no way to know for sure. Yes it is possible that all would hatch and it is "possible" that all could survive. That being said with that large of a clutch it will be quite hard for mom and dad to keep them all fed so the less demanding ones may be overlooked and not fed. Keep and eye on them as more and more hatch. Sometimes they don't feed until several are hatched other times they start in immediately also they may start with feeding the first few and then ignore the others when the hatch or vise versa ignore the first and care for the last although not as likely. The first ones to hatch will of course be larger and as such most likely more demanding meaning mom and dad will feed them first and then "may" feed the rest. If the late hatched are not being fed you may need to pull them for handfeeding. If you are unsure of the proper technique please visit a local avian vet or trustworthy breeder in your area and get them to show you in person the correct way. Make sure there is plenty of the normal diet available and maybe offer some soft foods as well such as birdie breads, softened veggie pieces, etc. This may help keep mom and dad's strength up and diet up to feed the young ones. I have heard of several clutches of six doing quite nicely but actually haven't heard of one (in person!) as large as the one yours have so keep us posted.

I also definitely agree with removing the nest box after this clutch. Some people breed their birds continuously even though it is only really healthy for them once a year to even further apart depending on the bird species. If you have more wanting babies after a year then great, try again otherwise enjoy the new larger flock you have. Good luck and I look forward to hearing and seeing more.


   

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