It is also important to remain attentive and monitor during breeding.
Introduction: The breeding season is always a wonderful and exciting time for bird watchers. We have already had a long period of purchasing birds, the winter period, and certainly not to forget the preparation period. We have thoroughly cleaned our breeding lofts and treated them against pests for a longer period. After all this is done, the breeding period begins, and we wait with anticipation for the first eggs of our birds.
The nest and the eggs:
In the morning the pupa lays an egg every day, which is immediately noticeable when you see an egg that is well developed, nice in size and shape, and already reveals something about the condition of the pupa. After a few days this will become even more noticeable. Pupae in good condition will also have a large clutch, usually 4 or even 5 eggs. If so, it indicates that all is well until then. One can choose to collect the eggs or leave them, depending on personal choice. Collecting is not necessary, and in recent years it has been found that eggs that have not been collected show little or no difference. Read the following article about this. If you decide to collect eggs, you return the eggs after the fourth egg. Before returning the eggs, the nest is carefully checked again. I would recommend inspecting the nest several times using an old lamp so that the nest looks solid and round; this is very important.
Also check during incubation:
It is precisely at this point that I am writing this article. Many fanciers leave their birds alone while breeding, and that is how it should be. But continuing to check is essential if you don’t want to be confronted with disappointments. That is why I recommend that you continue to check the nest and eggs regularly and intervene if necessary. But what else could go wrong? Some may wonder. I will briefly mention these points.
1. If you regularly see nesting material on the bottom of couples that breed together, remove the male, he becomes too aggressive and there is a good chance that the eggs will be damaged or the female will stop incubating.
2. If you do alternate breeding, pay attention to the female when you remove the male. Some pupae may grieve and stop breeding. If you see this, quickly replace the man; the nest can still be saved.
3. Check the eggs during incubation. If they are not properly attached, you will be too late and the young will die if they are not properly or sufficiently turned by the pupa.
4. It is also possible for eggs to become stuck in feces, for example by the man. In that case, the eggs also become stuck, resulting in their death.
5. If the eggs are unfertilized, allow the pupa to incubate for another ten days. She needs rest after the effort of making and producing the eggs.
6. Also regularly spray the eggs with a little lukewarm water if the birds cannot handle bath water themselves.
Conclusion: By checking regularly, many nests and/or eggs will be saved, which will then certainly produce young ones. I therefore recommend that you do this regularly. Pay close attention to your brood; a healthy fertilized brood usually has eggs with their pointed tips facing each other. Wishing you a successful breeding.
Wout van Gils