Further to my "Yay - look what I found" post - I went out this morning and mum hoped off her nest so I went in and had a look and it was bare.
I then looked down and at the other end of the aviary on the floor were the two babies dead.
I don't know how long for. Its been 2 days since I looked in the nest itself because mum had always been on it - and the floor of the aviary is grassed with heaps of milk thistle that I threw in there a few days ago so its hard to pick a specific object.
I don't know what happened - whether it was another canary who threw them out or mice or what?
There is another one sitting on eggs - I am going to take the risk of moving her to another small cage on her own to keep them safe. I would rather the eggs didn't hatch because they were moved rather than born and die like these little guys.
I am so disappointed - and upset for these poor little buggers who only got a few days life.
I hope the next batch goes better for you. Sometimes first time parents do get it wrong and make disastrous mistakes. Either that or another bird decided to stick its beak in and interfere. I never had problems with other birds removing the babies but it could happen. Hope the move goes well and the babies hatch.
Polytelis Cavy, Bird and Wiltshire Horn Stud Perth, WA
Thanks guys - hopefully the other canary will hatch her eggs. She seems fairly settled in the other cage. I ended up putting her in the patio aviary (the one up for sale - maybe I was a bit hasty there)!
Anyway I buried the little babies today in this old gold metal ring holder box lined with felt that I had. Felt so bad for them.