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Old 06-15-2011, 11:19 AM
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Red Rump HELP PLEASE !!!!

Hi,
I'm very new to this and could do with some help.
My red rump laid eggs about 20 days ago i have a nesting box which she sits in most of the time. My Male feeds her offen when she comes out. What i need help with is how long is it before the eggs hatch??? could she of just had the eggs without being mated. if this is the case do i remove the eggs??
Please could some1 help me
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Re: Red Rump HELP PLEASE !!!!

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Re: Red Rump HELP PLEASE !!!!

Is it the first time they've mated? Have you candled the eggs to see if they're fertile? You can google search to see how to candle eggs to check for fertility. Sometimes they may not be fertile even though they've mated, especially the first time. Or sometimes one of the pair may not be fertile period. How old is the pair? The hatching time varies depending on many different factors, humidity, the way they incubated the eggs, etc. It is preferred the pair being at least a year old before attempting to mate. Have you provided them with extra calcium? Such as cuttle bone, oyster shells, mineral blocks, etc. IF the eggs are infertile, let her sit until she decided to stop then remove the eggs and the nest box all together and try again in another 3-4 months. Don't keep the nest box on because they will just keep on laying, it's harsh for the females' body to kept on laying eggs, it can kill her!!!
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