Wednesday, November 14, 2007

More Big News!

A second egg has been laid! We are quite sure that it was not present yesterday. While we are not quite sure of when the first was laid (though within the last week), we are quite sure of the date of this one: today. Therefore, we will be able to fairly accurately time how long it takes to hatch (assuming they will hatch in order...which may not be a fair assumption). Mary Ann continues to roll both of them (could not get video of that) and also, sits on both of them. This may be anthropomorphising, but it seems that Sutcliffe, who is spending a lot of time in the nest box, is getting on her nerves. He needs to let her brood on the eggs. Instead, he "scuttles about" and disturbs her. Surely he is trying to protect his little family in his own way.


Rosa said...

The appearance of two eggs is a tremendous event! Where are the trumpeting horns?

Could you let us know what the gestation period of a budgie egg is? Inquiring minds want to know!

Contributions by: the Human Guardians of a Few Budgies said...

i don't know the gestation period: we think its about a month. but these eggs will allow us to gauge it accurately! last time, it seems to have been from mid jan to mid feb.

does the inquiring mind translate into possible adoptive parent perhaps? its so fun to breed and tame them, but, if they survive, we will have to find at least a few new homes for baby birds! owners to be should even help handle them while still in the nest!

Carl said...

This is awesome!

Contributions by: the Human Guardians of a Few Budgies said...

lets hope some of them survive!

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple
Sutcliffe and Maryann in early 2007