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Thread Description:My hen has been pecking at her oldest babies, nothing extreme so far.

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She pecks at them when they want back in the nest box after being out, or if they're hanging out on a perch sometimes she'll come and knock them off.

The oldest babies is 4 weeks and two days old, and they've been eating on their own with a few feeding from mom.

What I want to know is, should I take out the mom? She has a three week old baby who is still in pin feathers, and 6 babies all together. The oldest three are the ones she picks on, they mostly hang out of the nest box now. Should I take out the three oldest babies? Are they old enough to be able to be in their own cage? The father is in the cage with them, but he doesn't feed the babies at all. The babies are scared of him and try to bite him when he comes near. What should I do? Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

In order to avoid the abuse from the mother to her chicks, it's best that you place her on a different cage.
This is a normal procedure when chicks reach weaning age in order to avoid further matings between the pair and a second clutch from happening.
By taking this measure you would also be preventing any attacks done to the chicks while the mother is on the nest and thinking ahead on her next clutch.
The father should be the one to finish raising the chicks and you can also further help the chicks by giving them egg food, soft veggies and the seed mix/pellets.

You may find the info on this link helpful. Especially the part on weaning.
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

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Okay thank you! my only worry is if the chicks will be eating enough? the dad doesnt feed them at all that ive seen, but ill definitely remove the hen! And won't be breeding her again, her hormones have turned her quite mean!
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Your oldest ones are already starting to eat on their own and that is a good sign. If your hen truly is aggressive then you will have no choice but to separate her from the chicks, if the chicks start begging food to their father, he is likely to take over and feed them.
You do well in not including this hen in your future breeding plans if she has been displaying a more violent temperament.

Is this 3 week old chick the youngest? By this time a 3 week old (21 days old) chick should already have good feather coverage.
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This is the youngest baby:


I separated the oldest babies from the mother into their own cage, with shallow feeding dishes and a small water dish. I don't think I can remove the mom from the other babies because the dad doesn't feed them. Should this be fine? I'll look out for her being aggressive towards her other chicks im just really worried that the oldest babies will be able to eat!
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At this time, the older chicks would still benefit from having the support of a parent which at this time should be the father. If they still look for the nest for comfort, then you will have to get these chicks an extra nest box for them to sleep in for the night or to rest in during the day after their escapades from the nest box. Taking these weaning chicks out of their safe environment prematurely and into a different cage and without the guidance of the parent can later on negatively impact them in terms of their overall insecurities and behaviours.

The chick on the photo is very well developed and right on track for 3 weeks old (21 days).
When you mentioned the chick was still in pinnies, I thought it was underdeveloped.
The remaining chicks left on the nest with the mother are also running risks of being attacked, even this youngest one.
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Okay thank you, I've taken out the mom and put the babies back in with dad. Mom is in her own cage, and dad is with the babies. What should I do if he doesn't start feeding the babies? The babies seem to be afraid of him (I've never seen him act remotely abusive towards the chicks) and try to bite him when he gets near while crying. Will this change? I'm just worried about him feeding the babies!!

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I was never in a situation where my chicks would out of the blue want to attack their father when he got near them. And this is especially true when the father has never displayed a violent attitude towards them.
These chicks could be copying the mother's behaviour, they have seen and suffered abuse from her.
During this time, it's vital to keep a closer watch on the interactions between the chicks and the father, once they are hungry and start to beg, the father will feel encouraged to feed them. He has been with them since day 1 and has supported the mother and them up until now, the chicks should recognize him as their father.
If the older chicks continue to show hostility toward their father, and they aren't getting enough food on their crops, then it will be up to you to help them out and give them a boost.
During socialization/bonding time, you can turn their play area into a small feeding station with plenty of egg food, spray millet, soft veggies and their seed mix/pellets. To help the chicks to practice dehusking the seeds, you can get them a seed mix for finches, this will contain basically the same seeds in a budgie seed mix, only they are smaller in size and easier for weaning chicks to eat.
At this stage, even your youngest chick can be encourage to eat these foods, especially when he/she sees their older siblings trying the food out.
Despite this, the chicks (especially the youngest) will need supplemental feedings if the father doesn't fulfil his role.
This link here should be helpful: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ing-guide.html

You can read this one too for extra info on chick aggression
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-what-do.html

Best of luck with everything!
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Wow aluz, I am blown away by your knowledge!


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I don't really have anything more to add, you've been given great advise, but I just want to say, your babies are absolutely beautiful!
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