Where to start!
Ok- we (my wife and our two kids) live on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. We have had budgies for about 18 months now, but recently our Burmese housemaid left the cage door open and our two females disappeared into the jungle never to be seen again, leaving two boys behind!
Today a Thai friend of ours turned up at the house with 5 fertile budgie eggs, whose parents had been had by a snake last night. I checked them with a strong light and they all appear to be about 13-15 days into incubation.
Although it's an awesome coincidence, i nearly turned him down flat as we have no knowledge of incubating or rearing anything at all! However, my 5 year old daughter's face made me rethink that idea, as she was heartbroken when our two girls left. So we decided to try and make it into a homeschooling project!
So we brought the eggs inside the house and put them in our upstairs living room, which is a pretty constant 30+ degrees C (seriously -Samui is hot as hell!), and put them in a nesting box with some shredded paper for a nest. We have been carefully turning them every couple of hours and i have a small desk lamp on them (although i'm not sure if they need it at 30C already?)
What we're after is a comprehensive guide of some sort to hatching and rearing these little guys by hand! We have plenty of time and my daughter is so bird crazy it's not even funny! So we are totally prepared to spend a lot of time with them as i gather this is a pretty full time job!!!
My questions are -
1. How warm should they actually be right now? and how warm is too warm?
2. How often do we need to turn them, or is that just for the earlier stages?
3. What do we feed them when they hatch, how often, and with what mechanism?
4. anything else anyone feels we need to know!
Thank you guys in advance for any help offered!
I'm sure you will be seeing a lot of me on here over the next few months!