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Post  FinchG on Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:37 pm

My two female societies that I had first before I got Spike and his family, hatched 3 eggs yesterday 1/4/2011. I had two males in with them but decided to seperate them but I guess not soon enough! I did not think their eggs would be fertile as they had laid eggs before and nothing hatched. I was almost ready to take their nest out again when I looked and saw three babies, I didn't check today to see if another hatched as I didn't want to bother them. This is their first clutch and it looks like they are feeding the babies. They made their nest in a large oblong feeder instead of the open wicker nest, so I am not sure how that will work when the babies grow.


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Post  FinchG on Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:39 pm

1/12/2011
I checked their nest today because they both were out and there are 6 hatchlings. The only problem is they are in a large plastic seed cup so when the hatchlings grow there will not be enough room. They are feeding the boiled egg and 4 varieties of seed. I make sure that the egg dish is never empty.
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Post  FinchG on Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:41 pm

1/19/2011
I have left the parents alone but I needed to check the nest because it is so small and I was worried the bigger the clutch grew the less room they have and someone may get knocked out. When I checked there were only 5 not 6, I don't know what happened to the other one as I couldn't tell by looking at the old nest but there was no other sign of it and I always check the cage floor to make sure no one ends up there. I took out the nest and transfered the babies to a kleenex box with torn napkins in the bottom. The big old seed tray was full of poop and packed down hard as a rock so it was time to make a change. Now I don't have to worry about the babies falling out as they grow and there is a lot more room. I didn't do this in the beginning because they were too young and I was worried since this was their first clutch.

After the transfer I had to watch for a couple of hours to make sure the mom and the other female (who acts like a male but doesn't sing) would go back and feed them. I clipped millet spray on the side to entice them to investigate the new box and then see their babies inside. It worked they finally went in to feed the babies.

I would only try this with societies as they are tolerant of me being in their cage changing paper and otting in food.
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Post  FinchG on Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:00 pm

Yesterday. 1/22/11, I saw one of my females (or so I thought) mate with the other female. These two societies are my first two and have never heard either one of them sing and still don't. They did lay eggs but I thought it was both of them but the eggs didn't hatch. When I got the new group of societies I put two males in the cage with my two females. I knew the males would be too young to mate and I did see them try but I didn't expect any fertile eggs. On 12/5/10 my two laid 2 eggs, 1 rolled on the floor and 1 was in the large seed cup where they sleep. 12/7/10 there were 2 more eggs which tells me only one is laying. On 12/16/10 3 eggs hatched. 16 days is the usual incubation for societies.
Total of hatched eggs is 6, one died very early.

Now that I saw the one that I thought was a female trying to mate I wonder if these hatchlings are theirs or the 2 young males did mate before I seperated them from the females. I seperated them after the eggs were laid because it seemed the males kept the females off the nest by constantly going in the nest themselves but not incubating.
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Post  FinchG on Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:05 pm

Three babies have fledged. Its strange that one of the babies is already bigger than the mother :shock: If all 5 hatched within days why are 3 of them already trying to eat on their own and the other two look like they should stay in the nest. I can't believe the difference in size and maturity. I know some beg more and get more food for begging the loudest and longest but I watch to see if their all getting fed at the same time and they are, so why the difference in size :?: They are 25 days old.


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