Hi, GroupI have pair of Eclectus that I wish could raise offspring. My experience has been with Redheads and they seem to sit on the eggs and hatch them. I put together these two Eclectus birds and within 30 days we had eggs (3) out of witch 1 hatched and the other 2 were broken by the hens aggressive way of moving around the nest. On the first clutch of eggs you could hear the eggs roll around the nest box on a regular basis. As soon as I could, I built a new nest box that has a deed dish sanded into the floor with the intent of keeping the eggs in one place and not rolling all over the place.

This has done no good and my be worse. She now pushes the eggs around and out of the dish area and then lets them roll back into the dish banging into each other. Also she reacts extremely when I do the most simple things like change water in the cage. She will come stomping out of the box in a great rage at me and I cringe to hear the eggs roll around. I have here box that is solid wood and not open to view turned backwards in a large 4x6 cage so as to obstruct all view of any thing from inside the nest box so to not excite here but she still rages around the box at any sound of me in the area.

The eggs they break, one breaks two and two breaks its self on three then she sits on the one egg until it almost hatches. At day 28 or about she has managed to break and kill the last three single eggs she has had. As far as I know her eggs have all been viable as I have seen the evidence when they become broken.

I am not able to incubate eggs as I can not care for chicks alone until they are15 days old. Also I have made every attempt to give this bird here space and peace while setting and do not know what else I can do. Any one got any idea? Also is this temperament just my bird or dose this belong to the Eclectus breed? I have raised many Redheads with little problem no such non-sense as this.
Thanks, Bruce B
Hi, Group I have pair of Eclectus that I wish could raise offspring. My experience has been with Redheads and ... to the Eclectus breed? I have raised many Redheads with little problem no such non-sense as this. Thanks, Bruce B

I have never had Eclectus, but from what I know of other species, this is a pattern and probably won't change.
Accidents and inexperience can be excused, but repeated problems don't get better.
Maybe you can find another breeder in your area who would be willing to incubate and feed until you are able to take over. Personally, I would probably compensate them with one chick out of three or four. That's a small price to save a clutch.
Good luck.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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I am not able to incubate eggs as I can not care for chicks alone until they are15 days old. ... to the Eclectus breed? I have raised many Redheads with little problem no such non-sense as this. Thanks, Bruce B[/nq]I have a female red sided eclectus. We have no male so her eggs are infertile. Unlike your bird, she lays two eggs and carefully tends to them up to six weeks before giving up and eating them. We can hear her in the box cooing and clucking and it is so sad to think she will not have chicks to raise. She is however extremely aggressive towards everyone during this whole period. I don't know about other breeds of birds, but I believe this to be common female Eclectus temperament.

As for breaking the eggs, you may not be able to change the behavior but a couple of things to try come to mind. Have you tried leaving nesting materials in a spot where she has access? Maybe if she lined the box with something soft it would protect the eggs. So far I haven't found any material my hen likes, and so she keeps a bare box. Could your bird's nest box be too big? My hen fits snuggly in hers, with just enough room to turn around so the eggs can't move much.

One other thing... maybe turning the opening of her box slightly so she can watch your movements from inside will stop her from jumping out of the nest when she hears you come by. Last thought - could the problem be that the shells are thin or unusually brittle due to insufficient calcium or other nutrients in the diet?
Good luck.
Karen
Group,Thanks for the thoughts on this problem. My bird is like yours. She too laid eggs for years and was and is aggressive while on the eggs. I just got here a Husband one year ago and we have had 4 clutches of eggs but only one chick. She takes excellent care of them but when she perceives danger she thrusts herself off of the clutch like an angry wrestler and the eggs go a rolling.

I have made every attempt to leave here alone and limit my attention to quietly watering and feeding. I forgo even cleaning the cage until all eggs are gone. I have turned the box around so it faces a brick wall and she can see nothing while inside the box. A camera is mounted outside the cage and aimed into the box, this is how I observe here and here eggs on TV.

All nesting material that I have tried so far has been immediately tossed out like yours.My nest box is 12x12 and has a 4" whole in it for a door. She is currently enlarging that though. I am curious about other dimensions and am considering building a smaller box to see if that helps. It should be noted that Hubby Bird likes to spend a lot of time carrying seeds to here and he likes to get in the box with her. I don't know if this is good or bad. If I make the box small it my mean that he stays out or it my mean he will cause more crowding if he still gets in the box.

I once could not believe my eyes one day when I turned on the camera to see him setting on the egg. Soon she retuned to the box and pecked the dickens out of him so he left and she took her place on the egg. Any how I would be interested to know what size of box I should use. Knowledge is limited when it comes to Eclectus I have learned. I have yet to talk to any with first hand experience on nest boxes used for Eclectus.
The calcium thing I need to check, that's a good thought.

Thanks all,
Bruce B
Group, Thanks for the thoughts on this problem. My bird is like yours. She too laid eggs for years and ... nest boxes used for Eclectus. The calcium thing I need to check, that's a good thought. Thanks all, Bruce B

I love that image of an angry wrestler! I think my girl fits that description, too. She also enlarged the hole to her box, like yours. I don't have the box anymore to compare size though, sorry. Regarding the male getting in with her, check out the comments on the following web page which suggest it is the male actually damaging the eggs. However, your camera set-up would give evidence of that problem. Anyway, check out this page of Q&As related to egg breaking and eating:
http://aviary.upatsix.com/dale/dftp/egg eating.htm If you want to contact an experienced breeder for input there are several you can Google, one being Susie Christian
http://www.eclectusville.com/index.html
Good luck.
Karen