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Budgie Breeding Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

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Old 03-16-2016, 07:50 AM
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I have pulled the first chick from Ghost and Storm to start hand feeding. So far things are going really well, he is a very enthusiastic, and messy, eater. It took a couple attempts to convince him I was trying to give him food, but he figured it out.

However, my question is does anyone have any advice on how to keep the formula warm? Right now, I am "floating" the container of mixed formula in a larger dish of really hot water. It works for the most part, but it doesn't stay hot enough for very long. I know if I mixed more formula at once, it would probably stay warmer longer, but I already mix more than he needs, and that seems like a rather expensive way to keep it warm. Is there something else that anyone has tried that might work better?

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Are the parents having trouble in feeding their chicks?
If not then it would be best to let them continue to raise their chicks.
You can still have perfectly balanced, tamed and well socialized chicks/budgies by letting them be parent raised and spending daily quality time with them, by taking into account and respecting the feeding schedules set by the parents.

To answer your question, you can place the little bowl of formula on top of a mug of very hot (previously boiled) water.
The steam and extra warmth from the mug of water should suffice in keeping the formula warm enough for the hand feeding.
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I agree with aluz.
Unless there is a really good reason to remove the chick from the parents,
I believe it best to do "co-parenting" and allow the chick(s) to remain with the parents and simply hand-socialize them.
They will be just as tame as if you hand feed them and emotionally will be much better off.
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When I am hand raising a number of birds with a spoon I use a Russell Hobbs Mug Warmer to keep the mix hot enough. I am pretty sure there is something similar available in the US from Amazon or even Home Depot.
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Tiffanie,

I'd very much like to hear the reason why you are hand-feeding rather than allowing the parents to raise the chicks?
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