Parrot Egg Incubation
Hatching Parrot eggs is a unique and exciting adventure in the world of hatching! With their beautiful colors and personalities,
parrots are very popular exotic pets. This means that you want to maximize your parrot egg hatching and get the best parrot eg
hatch rates possible. Because of this, you will want to select a parrot egg incubator that is reliable. As with incubating any type o
bird egg, you will want to ensure your parrot incubator is set to hatching temps and humidity and stabilized before placing your
Parrot egg incubation periods can vary by breed but are typically between 24-28 days. Some parrot breeds can hatch in as little
as 18 days. Research your specific breed to find out how long your egg will need to be incubated. This article assumes a 24 day
hatching cycle, so you may need to adjust based on your breed.
under natural conditions, the most important factor in successful parrot egg incubation is heat. As long as the egg gets enough
of it and is not permitted to lose too much of it for too long a time, everything will be fine. This is true even though the actual
temperature of the egg fluctuates drastically when the hen is off the nest. Hens that rarely leave their nest do not have a
noticeably higher hatch rate than those that leave the nest at regular intervals. From this, it’s safe to assume that eggs have
evolved to be less sensitive to temperature drops than to other more unnatural circumstances.
One thing that a bird cannot do no matter how hard it may try is overheat an egg. This, of course, is possible in an incubator.
Overheating is one of the things that an egg is very sensitive to and can result in eventual death. Temperatures that have been
used successfully range from 98.7 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. About 99 degrees seems to work well for most types of parrot
Of course, the best temperature for you to use will depend on many different factors. The most important of these factors is
Humidities ranging between 38 and 52 percent have been used by different professionals under different circumstances. All
have proven successful in the situations used. An egg should undergo a specific percentage of weight loss during the incubation
period. This weight loss is achieved by the evaporation of water through the pores of the shell.
Since increasing the incubation temperature can shorten the time period in which it takes a chick to hatch, there is less time for
the required water loss to take place. If using these higher temperatures, the lower humidities should be used to allow sufficient
water loss during the shortened time period. Conversely, if lower temperatures are used, the chick will take longer to hatch, and
higher humidities should be used in order to keep too much evaporation from taking place.
under the same environmental circumstances, large eggs do better at lower humidities (38 to 45 percent), and smaller eggs do
better at the higher range (46 to 52 percent).
Each type of incubator will have their own process for set up. Most require the temperature to be set at least 24-48 hours before
the eggs are placed inside so that humidity and temperature can be stabilized and adjusted as needed. Some recommend
allowing the hen to sit on the eggs for the first two weeks, or waiting until she is completely done laying the eggs before
removing them for incubation. This period is the most crucial when it comes to sensitivity to temperature and humidity of parrot
eggs, and will help you to have the best possible parrot egg hatch rate.
The next most important aspect of incubation is turning the eggs. Typically, turning parrot eggs 4-8 times is sufficient, although it
has been a subject of debate with some suggesting turning up to every hour. However, parrot egg incubation research has
shown increased hatch rates with fewer turns per day, in the 4-8 range.
You will also have the option to turn by hand or to use a parrot egg turner. Many choose to use an egg turner because they are
able to maintain a more stable environment in their incubator. It also allows them freedom of movement, especially if they are a
hobby breeder who works outside the home. lfyou do choose to turn your parrot eggs by hand, you will want to make sure that
you put a light mark on them so you can identify which way is up, and can quickly double check if you have turned all the eggs.
Candling parrot eggs is the easiest way to monitor growth of the embryo and determine if the eggs are fertile. It is important to
pick the best eggs for incubation in order to have the best possible fertility rate. Candling parrot eggs can be done at any time,
but you may not be able to see development until at least 7-10 days into the incubation process.
The first sign that hatching is around the corner is when you see the egg “draw down.” This is when the air space in the egg
enlarges. It will change from its normal round appearance to elliptical. One side of this now-elliptical air cell will extend down one
side of the inside of the shell. The other side remains up near the top of the egg where it has always been-hence, the elliptical
appearance. Some choose to wait until the first pip occurs to signal the end of incubation and the beginning of hatching. Since
the incubation process is complete, the high humidity (the higher the better) does not interfere with evaporation but does make
it less likely for the internal membrane to stick to the hatching chick. Chicks that get stuck to the membrane must be assisted out
of the shell, or they will die trying to get out. Normal time lapse beüeen major draw down and hatching is usually about three
After hatching, you will need to brood your parrots. A good start for temperature selection for most tropical birds is 8S degrees
F. This temperature is balmy enough to allow them to process food well and enjoy good health but not so warm that they are
over active from the heat. Adjust brood box temperature up are down slightly as needed to achieve the goal of calm, healthy,
Hatching parrot eggs can be a very rewarding and profitable pastime. You are encouraged to learn all that you can about your
specific type of parrot in order to incubate for an appropriate amount of time. Good luck, and happy hatching!