Hi, I have a question for you about my Indian ringneck Twinkle. She laid two eggs back in February, one on the 2nd and the last one on the 5th. The eggs have yet to hatch. Is there something wrong? Also, would Twinkle know if her embryos are alive or not? I included a short video of when I noticed the eggs in the box. The other ringneck is Charlie, the father, who appears in the video.
Thanks in advance.
Thank you for asking about your Indian Ringneck Twinkle’s eggs. Let me start by saying that the Indian ringneck’s incubation period typically lasts between 21 and 24 days. Twinkle laid her eggs in February, so if they were fertile, they ought to have hatched by now.
Infertile eggs are frequently laid by unskilled parents. Occasionally inadequate nutrition, stress, or even environmental conditions can lead to infertile eggs. Other possibilities include an improper mating between Twinkle and Charlie or inconsistent incubation of the eggs.
Regarding Twinkle’s awareness of the viability of the embryo, most birds do not have an instinct that allows them to know whether or not their eggs are viable. Unfortuetly, your indian ringneck will continue to incubate the eggs until she abandons them. It is safe to presume that the eggs won’t hatch if they haven’t already done so.
I advise taking the unhatched eggs out of the nesting box to prevent any potential health problems. Keep giving Twinkle and Charlie a balanced diet and a safe area to nest in while keeping a watchful eye out for any symptoms of stress or illness. This will raise the likelihood of future successful breeding season next year.
I sincerely hope that this information becomes useful for you and Twinkle and Charlie. Be sure to give them a treat from me!