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Zebra finch question. #373228 06/28/09 06:14 PM
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Hey guys, if any of you have finchs or know anything about them, my female layed 3 eggs(shes been sitting on them for a little less then a month now) im not sure if there fertilised, but i was just wondering they have a closed type of nest like..its covered everywhere but a small hole in the front...and they have bedding in there

so im just wondering i see poop inside and on the outside of the nest..i want to clean there nest but dont wanna disturb the female and the eggs, any ideas?

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Re: Zebra finch question. [Re: parak33tz] #373230 06/28/09 06:45 PM
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Sorry, I don't know a thing about finches.
I did just look at a couple sites quick tho and eggs should start hatching about 16 days after they're laid.Are you sure none have hatched yet? If not, they're probably infertile. You could candle them?
Here's a couple sites a looked at that were pretty good. I didn't see anything about cleaning nest if it needs cleaning. from what i gather, finches don't like having their nests messed with. LOL So if you are planning on breeding any more you might want to look in to it some more first.

Re: Zebra finch question. [Re: parak33tz] #373232 06/28/09 06:51 PM
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hmmm, I don't know much about them but her is something i found:
If the eggs are fertile, they will turn a darker color after the first week. If you cannot tell buy looking at the eggs whether or not they are fertile, you can candle them. Candling eggs is really pretty simple but if you are very nervous about it, do not attempt it. To candle an egg all you need is a pen light or a small flashlight. Put the light behind the egg and look for small red veins inside the egg. You may also see the tiny embryo's heart beating which will look like a small red dot rapidly pulsating within a larger red area. If the egg is a week old the entire contents of the interior of the egg might appear red, and by this time, you probably will not be able to distinguish the actual embryo. Handling the eggs is safe if you wash your hands first and do not handle them a lot. The oil from human fingers can clog the tiny pours in the shell that the chick needs for the exchange of air. If there is room in the nest, you can hold the small light gently against the shell for a brief period to look for signs of life. This method does not require that you handle the eggs at all.

I think for her to be sitting on them for about a month and they still didn't start hatching might be alot of time...
I also found this: The hen will lay about one egg a day, for 3 to 8 eggs. They will start sitting on the eggs when she is done laying eggs. Both mom and dad help with the incubation but mom does most of it. The eggs should start hatching about 14 days after they start sitting. If after 20 days nothing hatches, remove the eggs for they apparently are not fertile. She will start laying again soon. You do not need to empty the nesting material, just the eggs.

If the female ever goes away from the nest, you can try to quickly clean up otherwise I think you shouldn't bother her. I wish I knew more about them so I would have some better suggestions, I hope the others will have some better advice laugh

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