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Old 05-25-2018, 06:55 AM
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hi all i live in malta europe .

what can i put in the nestbox to raise the humidity to help the eggs hatching fast???


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Re: nestbox material

I do know how to answer your question except to tell you you can't make eggs hatch faster. If I'm wrong and you can you shouldn't. They generally hatch when they are supposed to. If I remember right 18 to 21 days. They need time to develop properly.
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Re: nestbox material

Substrate like pine shavings you are talking about does nothing to increase humidity. if you don't know this basic information, you should not be breeding your bids. The shavings are added to keep eggs from breaking and to prevent hatched babies from developing splayed legs.

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Re: nestbox material

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I do know how to answer your question except to tell you you can't make eggs hatch faster. If I'm wrong and you can you shouldn't. They generally hatch when they are supposed to. If I remember right 18 to 21 days. They need time to develop properly.

You are right in that there is no way to make the eggs hatch faster -- just like with human pregnancy there is no speeding it up.

But depending on what species the OP is trying to breed, there will be differing incubation periods. For instance, macaws will incubate for 25-29 days whereas cockatiels are the 19-21 day range.
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Re: nestbox material

I had to read this twice to make sure I read it correctly, lol...

No, you cannot "make eggs hatch more quickly" in any way, not with humidity or any other means...Different species of eggs have different humidity requirements, but they still hatch in a certain amount of time, after the baby bird develops fully inside...No way to speed that process up...

You should be breeding baby birds at all if you actually thought you could speed up the hatching process, as well as not knowing what "nesting material" to use, or that you needed to use it to prevent the babies from developing splayed legs. You do need to use a bedding/nesting material or the babies will have physical deformities, but you're unfortunately going to have much more serious issues if the parent birds reject a baby or babies, or start harming them or kick them out of the nest box, as you'll have to remove them and hand-raise them, possibly from a day or two old...And obviously you're not ready to do that...

Please don't breed your birds again until you educate yourself fully on hand-feeding/hand-raising and just breeding in-general...
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