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Posted 6/17/2013 10:40:53 PM Post #3243

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We have a male conure named Abbey whom is 2 years old. Last year we purchased a companion for our little guy and were told that the pelvic exam the person did at the store made him very certain that Abbey's companion was a male as well. Not so much. Salem as we named her has begun to lay eggs. I truly have no idea what to expect. I had a parakeet growing up that lived for 14 years. He was a male and we didn't have to deal with any breeding issues. I just gave birth to my first child in January, so I don't have the heart to remove the eggs or anything. I signed up on this forum to acquire some advice. I certainly can't afford a ton of birds and if these are fertile, I would like to take the appropriate measures to take care of these little buggers and find them loving homes. I have never handfed a bird before. The only thing I am doing right now is making sure Salem has hard boiled eggs with the shells to munch on and a pineapple calcium treat. They have a mixture of food that is comprised of seeds, nuts, veggies, fruits, and pellets.

I was told to check in a while to see if I could see a dark spot in the egg by shining a light on them. If they do not have a dark spot I was told to discard them as they are not fertile. This is suppose to prevent the adults from developing a habit of breaking the eggs open or breaking fertile eggs open before it's time. Is this correct?

I called a few vets in Massachusetts, but everyone said that green cheeks are exotic and none of them "handle" exotic birds. From what I understand I don't even need a license in this state to be a breeder.... This is just so much information to take in. I am also going to school full time as well so I have a very full plate. Can anyone offer some advice or links? Am I doing the right thing so far? At least with my own pregnancy, I kind of knew what to expect. This is a whole new territory for me, lol!
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