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Old 04-18-2017, 10:14 PM
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It sounds like your babies are planning to hatch on different days so it won't be necessary to mark them. Babies grow VERY fast, and there will be a very noticeable size difference.

I've never marked babies, but I suspect that some of my parent birds would be OK with it and others wouldn't. Shodu will try to remove small scabs and some of my other parents won't, so if one of her babies gets a minor wound I move it to a different nestbox where the adults won't try to perform surgery.
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So chick number 1 is still looking okay, though he's not seeming to be putting much weight on. he hatched on 17th and weighed 6 grams. On the 18th he was weighing in at 7, the 19th he was 9, and he's coming in at 9 again today.

Am I right in thinking that he should be somewhere between 12 and 18 grams about now?

He has had food in his crop at every weighing so I know he's gonna be coming in at a bit less. Should I try checking more regularly to see if his crop is emptying properly?

One of his clutch mates hatched on 19th and is weighing in at 5 grams today, but did not seem dehydrated like the first guy.

I am not too convinced about the other two eggs, I wasn't able to see any movements in them this morning. (one of them seems to be dis-coloured inside) could this be a clue to some bacterial infection that may be affecting the chicks also?

Thank you again for your help guys, and for affording a newbie some patience
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The first baby should be gaining weight faster. Check to make sure he's being fed frequently and is digesting it well. I wonder if the parents are not providing enough water, new hatchlings need a high proportion of liquids to digest their food well.
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Do you think this could be a case for supplemental feedings with a thin formula?

Is there a time where the birds crop is more likely to be empty to allow me to give him a bit of supplemental water? I've yet to find them without food in their crops, I think the parents are keeping them pretty much topped up.

I've re-checked the eggs today, I've seen movement in one of them, but the discoloured one I'm pretty sure is gone, should I remove it to avoid contamination to the other egg?

for the nest few months before my maternity leave I am working part time (mon through to wed 7:30 till 2:30) is there any kind of schedule I could keep to to allow me to help raise the chicks via handfeeding if needed or when older, or is it just too long a period? (unfortunately theres no-where I can keep the chicks at work to allow me to feed them there)

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Old 04-21-2017, 02:45 PM
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Here are a couple pics of the babies. Yellow is first hatch, white face is second. Unfortunately both the other eggs were dis today
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:46 PM
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Here is the white face
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Should the yellows crop be more translucent than that? May it be a sign of yeast?
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They look fine to me, although I don't remember how old they are. Are they gaining weight steadily?
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Nice healthy looking bubs.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:43 PM
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the yellow is 4 days now and weighs 10g (he was 6 on day 0)

the white is 2 days and weighs 7g (he was 4 on day 0)
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