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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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My two parakeets recently had three chicks two to three weeks ago, the mother usually is in the nest with them but recently has been leaving the nest more often. When she comes out sometimes she closes her eyes and don't move, kinda like she's sleeping except she's not standing on one foot, or she's resting her head on the back of her neck. When I approach my finger to her to pet her stomach or beak she doesn't realize I'm there until after I touched her. Sometimes she rests her head on the entrance to the nest while she's in there and closes her eyes. She eats healthy, and drinks water with vitamins in them. Her feathers aren't puffed up and she actively interacts with my male budgie. She's a happy little bird but I don't know if she's sick or just a tired mom?

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Welcome to the forums!

Since the chicks have hatched about 3 weeks ago, by this time they should have decent feather coverage and it's also normal for the mother to start spending more time outside of the nest.

Is the mother budgie currently moulting? What diet have you been giving your breeding pair? Were they in top physical health and condition before being allowed to breed?
With only 3 chicks to raise, the mother's energy levels shouldn't be so down nor should she be sleeping more than usual.

Be sure to read the wealth of information on the sticky threads at the Budgie Breeding section. I will be moving your thread there.
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Thank you for the warm welcome!

The babies feathers are starting to come in a lot more but still have a bit of bald patches I think they're still around 2 weeks not quite 3 weeks yet. The mother isn't molting, they're all healthy. Her diet are mixture of seeds that contain added supplements, treat sticks that contains minerals and vitamins and sometimes I hand feed them millet spray treats while taming them. For as breeding, the mother was healthy before and after they breed, and they mated on their own while I was at school.
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Do your budgies have access to a steady calcium source, via cuttlefish bone or calcium block?

Besides the seeds, your breeding pair should also be eating fresh foods such as assorted veggies and egg food. Even non breeding budgies should have a varied and balanced diet.
Egg food is a vital component for breeding budgies and growing chicks, if your pair is currently not used to eat fresh foods, you should at least get the ready-made dry egg food from a specialized pet store. This is highly nutritious and help the parents to better cope with the task of raising their young.

The lack of a proper diet may be the reason for the mother's current condition and seeming fatigue.

Before having allowed your budgies to breed, the necessary research should have been made in order to ensure the parents and chicks would have the very best conditions to be successful on their breeding journey.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...r-budgies.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ding-diet.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html
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Greetings,I hope the mom budgie will be alright soon,maybe she's just exhausted her energy during her time nesting and caring for her fledglings.sending comforting prayers for her.keep us posted.Blessings.we're here for you.
Aluz has given you great advice,hopefully those recommendations may help her recover.
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Yes they have a cuttlebone and I tried feeding them fruits and veggies before (budgie safe of course) but they avoid them like the plague. Any advice on getting them to eat it?
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The stickies at the Diet and Nutrition section have all the detailed information and tips on how to improve your budgies' diet: Diet and Nutrition - Talk Budgies Forums

The trick is basically to not give up on trying and to present the veggies in different ways to spark the budgies' curiosity to try them out. Sprinkling some loose seeds onto a leafy green can also be helpful.

Ideally, your budgies should have already been eating fresh foods (veggies and egg food).
This would have greatly benefited them and their growing chicks.

Please read the information on the links on my post above and also check the rest of the information from the stickies here at the Breeding section as well as the Diet and Nutrition section.

Best of luck with everything!
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Thank you! I'll keep y'all updated
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Please make sure to remove the Momma budgie into a separate cage when the babies reach about 3 1/2 weeks so the Father can appropriately step up and finish raising the babies until they are fully fledged and weaned. The last thing you want is for the Momma to end up having a second clutch considering the condition she is in at this time.

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Hi there and to the forums!

I hope everything goes well with your budgie and her new family. You've been given great advice!

If you have any questions after reading through anything, please ask as we'd be happy to help!

We're happy to have you with us on the forums and would love to meet your budgies when you get a chance

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