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Question Baby budgie crop doesn't fill up on real food?

Hi everyone! I am just curious, my 2 little budgies that are about 4 weeks old, and are being hand fed, but they do eat a lot on their own. (Pellets, egg food, millet, seeds, etc) but their crops never seem to fill up when they eat stuff that's not formula.... Are they not eating enough food to fill their crops? Just wondering... It's a bit weird is all. Thanks in advance.

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You have asked this same question multiple times in various ways. I'm not really sure what other information people can give you.

I would assume that if they are eating and acting ok they are fine. As they are still only 4 weeks old they are probably just learning to eat the other foods and aren't as efficient as they are with eating formula.
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What you are describing is part of the normal process of weaning.
The solid foods they are now eating are giving your chicks very good nourishment and it also takes more time for them to digest their "grown up" foods as opposed to the baby bird formula that by this time goes right through them. Their crops don't need to be visibly bulging all the time.
You can check their crops by gently using your thumb and index finger, if they feel hard to the touch it means their crops are full.
You can continue to supplement feed them, but there will come a time where they will stop accepting the formula and if they are eating their seed, egg food and veggies well, then they are weaning wonderfully and gaining their independence and that's how it should be.
You are doing an excellent job with your chicks and they are doing really great, try not to worry too much and enjoy this amazing experience!
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When hand feeding food should not be in the crop 24 hours letting the crop getting empty once a day is also important
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Belle, please be reassured your babies are acting like normal budgie chicks. try not to stress yourself so much as they will pick up on your stress. In the mean time keep reading the stickies and all the information Cute Little Birdies has on hand rearing. They are progressing wonderfully excellent job.
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What you are describing is part of the normal process of weaning.
The solid foods they are now eating are giving your chicks very good nourishment and it also takes more time for them to digest their "grown up" foods as opposed to the baby bird formula that by this time goes right through them. Their crops don't need to be visibly bulging all the time.
You can check their crops by gently using your thumb and index finger, if they feel hard to the touch it means their crops are full.
You can continue to supplement feed them, but there will come a time where they will stop accepting the formula and if they are eating their seed, egg food and veggies well, then they are weaning wonderfully and gaining their independence and that's how it should be.
You are doing an excellent job with your chicks and they are doing really great, try not to worry too much and enjoy this amazing experience!
I do check the crop with my fingers after every feeding because it's hard to see through all the feathers. Today they were eating quite a bit of real food, and last feeding I could feel it inside their crops! I didn't feed as much formula as I normally would, since they had had lots of other food, and their crops where lumpy a bit (in a normal way) from the food they ate.
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When hand feeding food should not be in the crop 24 hours letting the crop getting empty once a day is also important
I do let the crop empty in the night, I leave about 9 hours between the last feeding and the first morning one. Is this what you meant?
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Belle, please be reassured your babies are acting like normal budgie chicks. try not to stress yourself so much as they will pick up on your stress. In the mean time keep reading the stickies and all the information Cute Little Birdies has on hand rearing. They are progressing wonderfully excellent job.
Thanks! Though I'm not/wasn't too stressed about this, simply curious... I don't really normally hand feed my chicks, but tame them as the parents feed them. (I would only occasionally help out the parents with a feeding here or there when some babies are growing up if I felt/knew they weren't being fed at the moment). This is off topic... But budgies are like horses then?? They can like... pick up stress and whatnot? Wow... I've never heard this and I've had birds half my life!
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Yes budgies can pick up on your feelings for sure, the more you become in tune with your budgie and get to know their body language and mannerisms you will be able to understand how what they are feeling as well.
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