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.

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

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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.

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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)

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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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