So to cut a long story short both females have made nests and have been sitting on eggs for a while now, the 1st female must of been ahead because her chicks hatched 3 days ago, all fine and there was 7, now I have came home from work today and I'm now down to 3!
Also I have a camera inside the aviary but it doesn't record but I sat and observed and I've seen the second female pecking the remaining babies so I'm guessing she is guilty of the loss of the first 4 today!
Am I best to remove the remaining 3 live chicks from there mum?
Remove the other female who is causing harm (bare in mind she is sitting on eggs too)
Or let nature take its course?
Any help or advice would be much appreciated
So I think this is possibly what is happening here, if you're saying the offending female is sat on eggs at the minute. They are so fragile that whether she means harming them or not, they are not strong enough.
I would remove the little ones personally and keep them separate with their mum if possible. If you know who the dad is he could be with them too as I know in our case Charley played also a big part in raising them.
If any are boys though, as soon as you know (about 6 - 8 weeks old) you'll need to remove them or put them all back with the rest of the group. Our boys attacked their dad for first male privileges once they reached about 8 weeks. We had to put them in a separate enclosure, but they were fine together, with no female hormones around them lol We have re-homed them today, which is good news as I didn't fancy culling them.
Hope all goes well for your little ones... They brought such joy in our house
I am going to let her sit now, but will sort out the cage well before the chicks arrive, to make sure we don't get accidental falls this time. I will sell them this time or re-home them to the same place as Leonard and Howard. Space will be an issue for more adults... Unless I manage to build an aviary in the garden....