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July 14, 2021

Sun connure


I have a pair of connure she layed 3 eggs.1 st egg on 10june 2 nd egg on 13 and 3rd on 17 so she was sitting inbetween after 20 days she stopped sitting almost 4 days NW wt can b d prb


Answer:

Hi Royston,

It sounds like the eggs probably were not any good. It could also be that this is her first clutch, and she gave up too soon. First clutches almost always fail. If the pair got disturbed, such as something changed around them or even if you checked on them too often, they may have gotten nervous and left the eggs. If the pair isn’t truly old enough, that could be another reason – they should be at least 3 years old, but 4 or 5 is even better. What you need to do now is remove the nest box and rest the pair for 6 months. It’s always important to rest your pair between clutches, and limit them to 2 clutches per year. In the wild, they only nest once a year, but in captivity, they don’t know to stop nesting because we provide the ideal environment year round. But it’s too hard on the hen’s health to keep having clutch after clutch without a rest. After 6 months, let them try again, and maybe they will do better next time.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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