Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blue Jay Bird How long does it take for a blue Jay bird egg to hatch & what temp. does the egg have to be maintained?

Question by barbie: How long does it take for a blue Jay bird egg to hatch & what temp. does the egg have to be maintained?

Best answer:

Answer by margecutter
If the egg is viable (if the embryo is alive), it takes the blue jay 17 days to hatch. I can not give you info on temperature, as it is illegal in the US to possess an egg from any native wild species without the proper permits; therefore, you should not be attempting to hatch this egg. If you have not yet taken it from the nest, don’t! If you have taken it, put it back!

“Anyone desiring to possess migratory birds or their parts or products should be aware that all of these are covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16U.S.C. 703-712), which implements a series of international treaties designed to protect migratory birds.

Some key provisions of the Act are worth keeping in mind:

Wording of the Act makes it very clear that most actions that result in “taking” or possession of a protected species or its parts or products is a violation of the Act. Specifically, the Act states:
“Unless and except as permitted by regulations, …it shall be unlawful at any time, by any means, or in any manner…to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, …possess, offer for sale, sell, …purchase, import…any migratory bird, any part, nest, or eggs of any such bird…”
It is a “strict-liability” law, meaning that there is no requirement for law enforcement agencies to prove “intent” to violate the law. That is, if you are found in possession of a protected species or its parts or products, you are automatically in violation of the law.
The provisions of the Act are nearly absolute; “…except as permitted by regulations …” is the only exception. Some examples of permitted activities that do not violate the law are legal hunting of specific game birds, legitimate research activities, display in licensed zoological gardens, and bird banding under an appropriate permit.
The Act covers the great majority (83%) of all native birds found in the U.S. Many of the species not covered by the Act are covered by the Endangered Species Act , other Federal laws, or state laws, many of which are as stringent as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act . In the lower 48 states, all species except the house sparrow, feral pigeon, common starling, and non-migratory game birds like pheasants, gray partridge, and sage grouse, are protected.
Penalties upon conviction can be severe. Even if a sympathetic jury finds that you meant no harm in trying to rear an abandoned nestling or in picking a hawk feather, legal defense costs are clearly not worth the risk.
In summary: your best approach is to take a hands off approach…look but don’t collect. ”

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