- Apr 12, 2017
- Black-Capped Conure, Cinnamon Green-Cheek Conure, Indian Ringneck Parakeet, Canary-Winged Parakeet
I didn't expect to come back to this site but I have an unexpected development on my hands. I have two conures who are mated. Neither showed any interest in their eggs, but I recently brought a nest box to see if that would change anything. There's been 3 eggs so far, and my female lays them days or even a week apart. The first one wasn't even laid in the nest box and was mostly destroyed, having been laid in and subsequently thrown out of their food bowl. The second one was laid in the nest box, but the mother showed no interest and when I checked a day or two later, the conures had kicked it around to the point of cracking and being unhatchable. Then egg number 3 came. I took it out after they had cracked it a bit but no fluid was coming out so I think it can still make it after being sealed with clear nail polish. Then I replaced it with a fake egg. Here's the thing: mama bird has been laying on this egg, both the real egg and its replacement. I don't think I can trust her to hatch an egg on her own because she is too rough rolling it around the box (which she throws the nesting material out of so it's just hard wood). Is there anything I can do to help her? I can't think of a way to make her stop breaking her eggs. I was thinking of maybe incubating the real egg while she incubates the fake one and replacing the fake egg with the real one when it's ready to hatch, if anyone thinks that might work.