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I found two of my cockatiels mating in July. I removed them from the others and my female laid 5 eggs in the nesting box. The first egg was laid on 8/1. She continued to lay eggs on 8/3, 8/5, 8/7 and 8/10. My husband and I held a light up to the eggs to see if they were fertilized. We could definitely see blood vessels and an air sac. Since everything looked good, I was expecting the eggs to begin hatching last week, but nothing. I candled the eggs again and 3 of the 5 look like the embryo stopped developing early on. The other 2 look like there is a large embryo, but I can't see any movement. How long should I leave the eggs in the nesting box? This is the first clutch for my birds. Could the parents inexperience lead to the issues?

Thank you for any advise.
 

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Thank you for your response. They eggs still look white, so hopefully I'll still have babies. I'll just give it more time. Mom and Dad are still sitting on them.
 

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It doesn't seem to look good for the eggs. Mom looks like she is abandoning them. She's in the nesting box less and less.

These was defiantly fertile and there was some development in each of them. It seems like they just stopped developing. Any thought? First time parents? Anything that I could do in the future?
 

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Mom is about a year old and Dad is older (not sure how old). My first concern when I saw that they were mating was her age. It was not planned.

I brought her to the vet to have her checked out. She did have a yeast infection, so I'm wondering if that could have impacted the eggs. She also defecated in the nesting box a few times. Could bacteria from that damaged the eggs?
 

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I completely agree about my hen's age. Like I post, I found them mating with my other birds. My vet had advised me that the birds would not mate if there was no place to lay the eggs, which is obviously is not true. I removed the birds from the cage with the nesting box when the eggs were abandon. Thank you for your input.
 
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