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Old 03-04-2017, 09:31 AM
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Hey,

One of my females is currently laying her first clutch, up to 3 so far. My other pair pretty much sit as soon as the first egg is laid - however this pair are not. There both first timers and I believe they won't need to start sitting until the last egg is laid, am I correct? Also, let's say they don't sit at all? Can I encourage them to do so? Is not sitting after laying a common thing?

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Old 03-04-2017, 05:58 PM
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It's common for pairs to wait several days before they start sitting. When they do this, the babies will hatch at about the same time instead of every other day. I can see how it would be advantageous in the wild to have all the chicks ready to leave the nest at about the same time.

If they don't start sitting at all, then maybe they're not really ready to be parents yet. If your other pair is sitting you could give the eggs to them to incubate, and give the new pair some fake eggs. If they suddenly start sitting on the fakes, it might be safe to give the real eggs back to them.
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Brilliant, thank you.
Also the male is aggressive towards her now, but only when I go near them - this is odd as they are both hand reared and cuddly tame. Is this normal?
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I have a pair that bite each other when I come near and they are feeling defensive of the nest box. I think it's displaced aggression: they'd like to bite me, but I'm outside of the cage, so they nip each other to vent their feelings.
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It sounds like they are just annoyed at you rather than each other. Is instinct to protect their nest. I have aviary birds that are used to me going in all the time but when they have eggs they make a lot of noise at me but it's just them being alert and telling me to back off. I do t think you have anything to worry about. With my first clutch I thought the mum was never on the nest. It she obviously was as I would candle the eggs and they would be progressing fine and they all hatched and are adults now. It could just be you have bad timing or it's not that cold in the nest box
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