NEO 2015

Although I haven’t taken a photo every day, I am delighted to welcome a new cockatiel into our home.When Sparkles was nearly ready to leave the box, Num and Jo Jo started mating again.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 -1-5 pm. FIRST EGG! Both started incubating immediately

Thursday 10 September  2015 -1-7 pm. SECOND EGG!

Tuesday 15 September 2015 – THIRD EGG!

Friday 25 September 2015 – Middle of the day. FOURTH EGG!

Sunday 27 September 2015 – FIFTH EGG!

Tuesday 29 September 2015 – SIXTH EGG!

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That was all, thank goodness! They’re so spread out, and Jo Jo was still feeding Sparkles on Tuesday 22 September 2015.

Thursday 1 October 2015 – Day 1 – A baby hatched! It could be the first egg 1 (late) or the second egg. The broken egg shell is visible behind Jo Jo.


Friday 2 October 2015 – Day 2 – I got a good look at the baby.


Sunday 4 October 2015 – Day 4 – Baby appears to be growing nicely.

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Monday 5 October 2015 – Day 5

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Wednesday 7 October 2015 – Day 7 – Baby has a huge crop

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Saturday 10 October 2015 – Day 10 – Sparkles has jumped back into the box with the baby. This would never happen in nature.


Sunday 11 October 2015 – Day 11 – Baby Neo has grown a lot. I was worried because he seemed to be hanging his head a lot, but he is still with us.

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Monday 12 October 2015 – Day 12 – I can see Neo’s yellow crest starting.

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Tuesday 13 October 2015 – Day 13 –

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Wednesday 14 October 2015 – Day 14 – Neo’s eyes are red! He could be a lutino, like Jo Jo. There are pin feathers on the wings.

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Thursday 15 October 2015 – Day 15 – The bright yellow crop is much more visible.

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Friday 16 October 2015 – Day 16 – Yellow pin feathers are clearly visible.

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Sunday 18 October 2015 – Day 18 – Neo definitely looks like a lutino. All feathers are yellow or white. During the night a baby seemed to have hatched, but we found it dead and buried under the shavings.

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Tuesday 20 October 2015 – Day 20 Neo’s feathers are starting to unfurl and there are faint orange spots on his cheeks (since yesterday)


Wednesday 21 October 2015 Day 21 Neo’s orange spots are easy to see now

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Thursday 22 October 2015 Day 22 Lots of feathers are unfurling on Neo’s wings, back and tail. I think even the last egg is now too far past its hatch time

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Friday 23 October 2015 Day 23 feathers are unfurling more, eggs are scattered, I think the parents haven’t been too worried about them for the last couple of days. Time’s up

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Wednesday 28 October 2015 Day 28 Neo almost looks like a real cockatiel; he’s Jo Jo’s mini me

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Thursday 29 October 2015 Day 29 Neo is doing lots of wing stretching and his feet are getting stronger. Hard to write this with Sparkles perched on my finger

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Saturday 31 October 2015 Day 31 Neo has the lutino bald spot

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Saturday 31 October 2015 Day 31 Neo enjoys getting out and being cuddled
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2 responses

  1. Hi Kimberley, you have a fascinating blog. I found your website through your photos of scaly-breasted lorikeets which have been visiting a red flowering gum outside my house. I didn’t know what they were. I love the Calvin Coolidge quote on your header. And of course your wonderful photos. Thank-you.

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