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Old 05-24-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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Second clutch too soon?

Hi everyone,
So our new little girl laid a clutch of five eggs last week of March, none were fertilized.
She just recently laid two more, and by the looks of her there are more coming.
How often do they lay? Is it because she had no babies?
Our other female laid one clutch every spring for three years, and never any other time.
Im worried it will be too much for her, she seems fine, but I worry.
Any help is appreciated, Thanks.
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Old 05-25-2016, 05:43 AM   #2
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I'm not a breeder, so I can't help with most of your question. However, make sure she is getting PLENTY of calcium. Egg-binding is no joke, so make sure you are keeping her healthy.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:17 AM   #3
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The mom of my parrotlets (now 9 and 10 weeks old) had already laid 2 new eggs last week when I picked them up (this was Thursday). My boys were still in the cage with her at this time, but weren't let near her by dad.
If I remember correctly, they usually need a few days to a week between laying eggs.
So yes, I think it's possible to lay eggs this soon after eachother, but I don't know about it being healthy or not...
Mommy's eggs in 'my' case, are probably going to be switched out with fake ones so she doesn't lay new ones so quickly. You might try that if your girl keeps laying eggs...
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My hen is in the same situation :<
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:41 PM   #5
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A breeding pair can lay a clutch three times a year without harm but most breeders tend to give them a rest after the third such clutch that quickly.

Parrotlet hens tend to lay eggs about every other day with most clutches between 4 to 10 eggs.

A egg can take 18-22 days to hatch depending on how tight the hen sits the eggs.

I am not a breeder but have picked up some info from being on here for a few years.
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:14 AM   #6
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My hen is in the same situation :&lt;
Things to think about... Are your birds getting enough calcium? Are you giving them a balanced diet? Ive been told the 3 clutches max a year as well. I'll give you my story as a heads up. My birds had an unsuccessful first clutch and laid their second a month later. I had cuttlefish out for them and shaved it off onto their pellets too because they didn't seem interested. Turns out though that they still weren't getting the calcium. The first baby hatched pretty weak. At 4 days old, I took her to the vet because she looked tired and constipated. Vet said calcium depletion and dehydration, gave her a shot of calcium and a minute later she started practically running around the container. The vet gave me liquid calcium which i am putting in everyone's water for awhile. I reckon that's why some of our eggs didn't end up hatching. Thank goodness we didn't get egg-binding. Long story short, your birds can probably have another clutch, but you have to really really really make sure their nutrition is good. Hope this helps!

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