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Budgie Breeding Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

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Okay so my budgies are breeding their first clutch. We have 4 eggs. Egg#1 has grown very small veins but does not look fertile, it was laid 8 days ago. It has changed in the past few days. Egg #2 is fertile and egg #3 appears to be the most fertile, you can see movement inside. Will egg 1 continue to develop? And egg 2 is definitely developed less than egg 3. Here are pics? Any advice as to why the development is so backwards? Should i toss egg 1 or keep waiting??
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When an egg grows veins it means there is life in it. If it there has been a halt in the development of the first egg then life in the egg could have been interrupted in the very early stages. You don't need to remove this egg right away, because as the chicks hatch they will use the eggs as support on the first days of their lives.
Only when a given egg starts to show signs of having gone bad (getting a light greyish tinge on the eggshell or showing a visible blood ring) should it be discarded.
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Thank you! I will keep the egg in there. I guess it's probably normal that they develop at different rates, its just not what i had expected.
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Default Egg development

Why do the eggs develop at diff rates? Egg #1 just showed fertile with heartbeat today (8 days after being laid) egg 2 is fertile but egg 3 looks furthest developed.
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There are some factors that come into play during incubation.
Most likely the hen hasn't begun fully incubating the first egg upon being laid and waited till second or third egg to be laid to truly begin incubation.
While incubating, one of the eggs may also have strayed a bit during the rotation and that can also have contributed to the delay in development.

You don't need to take the eggs out of the nest to candle them on a daily basis. If you want to candle them every once in a while, you can do so straight from the nest. As you should know, the eggs are extremely fragile and it's best to not interfere too much during this time.
You know they are fertile and that is great news.

I'm combining this thread to your other one on the same subject.
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Lifting the eggs out to check them may also be affecting their development. The hen has a system in the way she moves them around and rolls them over. This is to make sure that they all have equal time being heated on all sides to keep them growing well. Each time you put them back they will not be where she left them so when she next turns them they won't be necessarily getting the even heat they need. This will slow development for a bit.
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Our eggs are due to start hatching anyday now, but this egg has changed. i dont see any movement but i dont want to discard it if i am wrong?
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Unfortunately, it does seem that you have a dead in shell case there.
Is the blood ring visible without candling? You can keep the egg for a little while longer, but as soon as it starts to change colour (greyish tinge) or the ring is visible on the shell, it's best to discard it.

During incubation, it's best to not interfere so much by candling the eggs regularly and if you want to do so every once in a while, it's best to candle them directly from the nest. That way you won't have to pick the eggs up.
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Yes i could see it without candling, thats the only reason i pulled it out to look. I left it in through the night but im worried about leaving it in with the other eggs bc of bacteria? theres black areas inside that you can see without candling and the shell has tinged a darker color in places.
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In that case you can discard the egg right away. When the shell shows those signs to the naked-eye, it's always best to remove the egg.
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