How to Incubate Parrot Eggs and How to Hatch Them at Home

Incubating eggs is the second step in breeding parrots, you could the first part correctly the fail in the second causing you the loss of the new hatchlings.

So it’s very important to learn how to incubate parrot eggs properly, especially if the pair the eggs came from is mating for the first time.

They could feel stressed and anxious, leading them to destroy their own eggs as a result of this tough time.

And to incubate and hatch parrot eggs at home, you basically have two options. One is to let the mother do her job if you are sure that the mother won’t destroy the clutch of eggs.

The best way to determine this is to go back to her history, did she mate and lay eggs before, did she destroy her eggs before?

If you have no idea and you are just breeding parrots for the first time, I highly suggest that you use an incubator. In this article, you will learn everything you need on how to incubate parrot eggs, and how to hatch them at home.

egg in nest

How Do You Know If a Parrot Egg is Fertile?

If you surprisingly found an egg inside you inside your parrot’s cage you may want to know if the egg is fertilized, for some parrots can lay eggs with a mate.

Obviously, if you have only one parrot without a mate, then it’s an unfertilized egg for sure.

But the hen could lay unfertilized eggs even if the male mate is around in the same cage, and sometimes this actually could happen after they mate, especially if they were mating for the first time.

If they were mating for the first time, the male parrots could do it wrong, and the female would lay eggs thinking that the fertilization happened correctly.

So it good idea to make sure if the eggs are fertilized or not, and here is a video showing that:

What to Do to Incubate and Hatch Parrot Egg at Home

First of all and to incubate parrot eggs, you have to decide whether you want to use an incubation device from the first time you find the eggs, or you want to give the mother a period of 5-1- days to the job herself.

the decision is up to you to make if you trust your parrot with eggs, then you are alright to let her incubate the eggs for a week or so.

However, knowing how many eggs you have will help to know which incubator is the best. Some parrots will lay 2 eggs, and some of them will lay 12 eggs during the breeding season.

Some incubators can hold 2 eggs, some can hold a lot more.

So, take the eggs from the nesting box of your parrots, be careful some parrots could show aggression.

take them carefully and put them in the incubator, the bigger part (Air Cell) should slightly face the upper side, here the next picture to know where is the Air Cell.

egg anatomy

Putting the egg this way will prevent them and save them from getting harmed when the incubator rotates them.

You should get an incubator that performs this rotation, and set it up to rotate every 3 hours.

Most incubator won’t perform a full rotation, son you have to do yourself once every day and flip the eggs 180 degrees toward the opposite side.

Candling the eggs is essential to determine if the chicks are about the hatch, and you can do it just the same way I mentioned earlier in this post, just like you are checking if the egg is fertilized.

You should look at the Air Cell, at the hatching time it will get a lot bigger, up to half of the egg, and when you see this enlargement in the air cell you should remove the egg from the incubator to the hatching box, the rounded Air cell will turn to be a larger and elliptical shaped.

One of the 2 sides of this elliptical Air Cell will extend down to the opposite side of the egg, the other side will remain at the same place. and this is called the drawdown.

It should take no more than 3 days to hatch after the drawdown is formed inside the egg.

Determining the hatching signs from the Air cell Enlargement and drawdown is easy, but it could be tricky, so I recommend that you candle at least one egg every day. This way it should be easy for you to notice the differences when they occur.

You should use the brightest light you got to candle the eggs. The brightest the light always the better. This will allow you to notice many details, that you need to determine the hatching signs.

If you find this hard and risky, it’s ok to let the eggs in the incubator until you see the first pip in the eggshell, then you are all good to put the the eggs in hatching box.

How Long Do Parrot Eggs Take to Hatch?

It depends on the breed. Some breeds need 24 days to hatch, some of them need 32 days, but almost every breed of parrots needs a period of 18 to 34 days to hatch.

And to determine the exact time, you need to look online for your breed, and how long their eggs need to hatch.

What Temperature Should Parrot Eggs Be Incubated at?

The perfect temperature and humidity actually depend on the breed the egg came from, but in general, almost all parrots eggs can hatch with a temperature around 99F.

Of course, this temperature is not ideal to breed parrots, but it’s only ideal to incubate the eggs, and you can only provide it with an incubator or let the eggs incubated under the hen.

The humidity is also an important factor to get a higher success rate hatching parrot eggs, lack of humidity could lead to the eggs getting dehydrated, and the death of the chick, eventually.

The ideal humidity to incubate a parrot egg is between 40% to 65%. This also depends on the breed, so before you set a certain humidity degree in the incubator I suggest doing research online for the specific breed you got.

For example, if you successfully bred Quaker parrots, the ideal humidity for them is 65%, African grey, macaws, and cockatoos need different levels of humidity.

Can You Incubate Eggs Without an Incubator?

To hatch a parrot egg without an incubator, you need to imitate the perfect temperature, humidity, and continuous rotation that is found either in an incubator or under the hen.

And just by thinking about it, it’s clearly a hard thing to do, especially when to comes to temperature and humidity. You will need a steady humidity and temperature to hatch parrot eggs without an incubator or the hen.

Any drop in humidity or rise in temperature could cause the egg to get dehydrated, leading to the death of the new chick.

The rotation is also a necessary thing that the eggs need, at least every two hours.

I don’t think it’s a very good idea to try to incubate the parrot eggs and hatch them without the mother or a specialized incubator; you are basically risking the new hatchlings.

Further Reading:
What Do Baby Parrots Eat and How to Feed Them
How to Wean Baby Parrots?