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Date Posted: 00:13:28 04/10/11 Sun
Author: Nancy
Author Host/IP: 173.210.133.229
Subject: Re: Fostering Button Eggs With Other Species
In reply to: Rhonda 's message, "Re: Fostering Button Eggs With Other Species" on 08:46:57 03/12/11 Sat

Well, foster attempt #1 was a complete failure. Most of the baby buttons were due to hatch just after their cockatiel siblings, but as soon as the beautiful big white eggs were gone, the parents considered the little brown things no more important than rocks, ignored them, and all were lost.

Then all 3 button hens started laying, but still no broody hens, so I am now trying fosters in 2 cockatiel nests. Cockatiel incubation is 18 days, up to 23 for extra-large eggs.
Nest #1. Cockatiel eggs laid April 2, 4, 6, 8, possibly more coming. And 6 button eggs added April 3rd.
Nest #2. 6 button eggs added to empty nest April 3rd. Both parents started brooding them and decided not to bother laying any of their own, so I added 12 more buttons on the 6th. Since then, 2 eggs have dried out, leaving them with 16. They had a clutch of their own recently, so I don't care if they want to take a break from their own chicks and just sit these buttons.

Today I candled the eggs - I can't see inside the darker browns or the purples, but there are beating hearts in at least some of the eggs in each nest. Will it work out this time? I'll let you know!

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