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Old 09-26-2018, 11:22 PM
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Re: The Ugly Stuff/Donít Count Your Chicks Before They Hatch!

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It was the humidity.

I initially ruled that out because the other nests were fine but I discovered a crack in the box. Iím now experiencing major hatch complications in all nests; the humidity has skyrocketed and the babies are swelling and getting stuck in the eggs. So Iím going to be up all night tonight and probably over the next week with hatch assists, which are terrifying, and controlling the humidity as best I can. Iíve lost 5 more babies in shell and one that hatched part way before something went wrong. I donít know if he died on his own or his parents did it.

This is my largest scale catastrophe yet. Itís exhausting. I wasnít expecting it, itís heartbreaking, itís expensive, it has me in tears.

Obviously Iím figuring out not just how to fix this now in the middle of a crisis but also how to prevent it from happening again. Going back over what I did and why, and mentally going over who never to ask for advise again, etc.

Oh and now one of the nests has ants as well.


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Old 09-27-2018, 01:45 AM
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Re: The Ugly Stuff/Donít Count Your Chicks Before They Hatch!

I'm sorry, Dani. My deepest condolences for the losses and deep emotional impact. Not a breeder but I'd never have considered humidity.

Good luck with the hatch-assists. If anyone can do this, it is you.
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:49 AM
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Re: The Ugly Stuff/Donít Count Your Chicks Before They Hatch!

very sorry to hear, as you yourself have said in the past. Mistakes cost lives in breeding and here goes to show, not even a human error, a minor one where the casing has failed in a way you couldn't tell until too late.

Breeding is like any 'hobby' it's a drain of money and like I've said to so many in the past wanting to profit from breeding, if it was easy to do birds would cost nothing. The price of a bird is merely to mitigate the cost to the breeder
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Re: The Ugly Stuff/Donít Count Your Chicks Before They Hatch!

So great of you to show (and share) this side of birdkeeping!


I've met many birdbreeders in the past (not parrots, usually, the smaller ones canaries, finches etc.) who would go with: before the first round of eggs&babies you make sure all conditions (aviary, nestboxes and birds) are as perfect as can be and keep an eye out for trouble, the second round babies are considered "a bonus round", you still do your best but if it fails they just go with "well the birds invested everything they had in the first round" (and usually "the weather did not help either").
The first round/spring&early summer birds usually (not always) used to end up as great breederbirds and showbirds, the seconds round/late summer&autumn birds are more likely to be sold to indoor-lives as tame birds or just "look at them being pretty"birds.
Luckily most serious breeders will limit the birds to one or two rounds and not encourage the non-stop breeding some species are prone to.


Anyway- wonderfull you do your best to find out what went wrong and how to fix/prevent this.


(I do not mind the unfertilized eggs and the ones that died off early, but fullyformed babies not being able to hatch always fill me with a sense of great loss ...so close to a beautifull life here and it did not make it.)

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Re: The Ugly Stuff/Donít Count Your Chicks Before They Hatch!

I raise a few different species of exotics and I've had this happen as well across the board. It really does suck but makes the successes all the more rewarding.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:15 AM
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Re: The Ugly Stuff/Donít Count Your Chicks Before They Hatch!

Oh, Dani. Iím so sorry. Iíll be keeping fingers crossed for the assists.


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