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This morning, I was very excited to hear a chirping coming from the nest box. No chicks yet, but an egg is particularly noisy. It's muffled and I can only really hear it when I put my ear to the box.
Any estimates of when the egg will hatch? I haven't seen the eggs today as the parents are sat on them, so I don't know if there is any pip marks just yet.
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Great! Eggs should hatch in 1 or 2 days. Keep environment humidity high, if you have humidifier. idea relative humidity is 40% or above.
 

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Great! Eggs should hatch in 1 or 2 days. Keep environment humidity high, if you have humidifier. idea relative humidity is 40% or above.
Wow, that's exciting! The humidity is naturally quite high where I am at the moment. At first, they cockatiels were taking baths frequently, but it's gotten more humid since then and they've been bathing a lot less, to not at all. I'm hoping it's not too humid rather than too little aha. The birds have only been in the water to have a drink (instead of bathe) for about 3 days.
The chirps are so loud now! But this is only the beginning. I know what to look for in terms of dehydration and I know that the parents will feed the chick when it wants food, but how can I give it the absolute best chance of surviving one born? Should I buy formula? (I have a pet shop just across the way that has some so I haven't had to worry about ordering any in) There are some DIS eggs in there that I left in to help with warmth, should I take them out now or after the hatching?
 

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Great! Eggs should hatch in 1 or 2 days. Keep environment humidity high, if you have humidifier. idea relative humidity is 40% or above.
I've just looked in and there's a baby! He's moving a lot and very vocal too! I've witnessed the first feed. Dad's looking after him right now. I'm naming him (or her) Percy :) please, I'm desperate for advice now! ahaha I think I chose the wrong nesting material - I am using straw, but part of me thinks aspen would be better, and that I should change it entirely.
 

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Congratulation! Straw is fine. You need gradually to replace bedding materials soon, as babied will poop inside.
Thank you so much! I am so relieved that you got back to me ahaha. The parents are quite strict and won't really let me close to the baby. The father has soiled some of the bedding and I really want to replace it and put some more in under the chicks and eggs, but I'm so nervous to split up the parents and babies for even a short amount of time. Also, should I remove the DIS eggs now?
 
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