How much can an egg take?
by Janet Febus
(Feeding Hills, MA)
My Gouldian pair is on their second clutch. The first went without any problems. I read conflicting articals about when to take out the first clutch. When I found five eggs in the nest and they still were not laying on them I took out the first batch and they immediately layed on them for a day and half. They have been off now for a day and a half. Are the eggs still alive? Is this normal? When would you pull them out to be fostered?
I would foster the eggs as soon as possible if I had societies set up with their own nest box and no young of their own. I think this would give them their best chance. What you described is not abnormal given their situation, but its not what we want.
I can't say if the eggs are viable. About ten days after being laid, you can candle the eggs with a tiny penlight flashlight. If all is well you will be able to see tiny red blood vessels inside them.
Thanks for visiting my site. I hope it goes well for you all, Jeanie