by ananya roy
the one with its back at me is the female
i have noticed recently that my female LGF is twirling her neck almost all the time.she has laid a clutch of 4 eggs which she is incubating seriously. the first clutch had only one egg and she abandoned it after a few days, but this one she is incubating all the time, for now about 8 days. she comes out to stretch and eat,at that time i have noticed that she barely stays erect,she is always twitching her neck.otherwise she is normal.the male LGF is totally normal.he is feeding the female and taking turns to incubate when the female is out.i am quite sure that these will hatch, (by observing the parents' behavior). if these eggs hatch and i pray the hatchlings will survive,will they also be born with this defect? i have downloaded your guide and read that this is a genetic defect.the father is normal,but the mother is showing this defect.will the babies also be like their mother?
NB:the female is showing this twirling recently.is it due to malnutrition.i feed them spray millet,cuttlebone and seed mix.and give multivitamin drops in their drinking water.is there anything i can do which will ease her or relieve her of this problem?
That is such a shame. No one knows for certain that this is caused by a genetic mutation. There is nothing that I know of that will cure or lessen the twirling. Making sure that she is warm is about all that I can think of to suggest that you do for her.
This is not your fault. The diet that you are giving your birds is fine. I am assuming that you are also giving them fresh greens and egg food daily.
From my experiences I have found that twirling doesn't show up until the bird is about one year old. It is impossible to say if the chicks will get the gene that causes it. I wish I had better news for you. The birds that I have had with twirling had shortened life spans too. Is it possible that you might be able to get or borrow a few society finches and set them up with a nest, just in case you need to foster the chicks? I have heard and read that a lone male Gouldian is capable of raising chicks on his own if the hen cannot.
Best Wishes for you and your eggs, Jeanie