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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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Hello!
I currently have 4 budgies and 2 of them are parents now
one of the babies is 3 weeks old and the other one is 3 days younger...
So I was wondering If I should start bonding with it...
I don't want to feed it etc because I'm very new to owning a budgie, So I'm letting the mom take care of it... I read somewhere that if you hand raise budgies from 2 weeks old they get really close to you... So I was wondering How much time should I spend with the babies to really bond with them? and how should I spend time with them? like just picking it up or talking to it is enough??
please help me
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Hello, I am a little unsure regarding your birds, do you have one pair with two young making up the four, or four budgies with a pair having bred?
The chicks are at an age when they should be starting to be inquisitive and wanting to interact. Are the parents tame, allow you to use step up e.t.c?
As the babies get older they will be learning from the actions of the parents have you been handling them at all? When cleaning the nest box, or replacing food and water ?
The chicks will want to be with the other birds this is normal behaviour if you want to tame it needs to be done much the same for any other budgie you approach.
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Hello, I am a little unsure regarding your birds, do you have one pair with two young making up the four, or four budgies with a pair having bred?
The chicks are at an age when they should be starting to be inquisitive and wanting to interact. Are the parents tame, allow you to use step up e.t.c?
As the babies get older they will be learning from the actions of the parents have you been handling them at all? When cleaning the nest box, or replacing food and water ?
The chicks will want to be with the other birds this is normal behaviour if you want to tame it needs to be done much the same for any other budgie you approach.
Hello! thanks for the reply!
and I have 4 birds+2 little babies. and the parents are tame. I've taught them to step up...
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Do you have your two adult pairs housed in the same cage? If so, and in order to avoid complications, it's best to separate the extra pair into a different cage and let the breeding couple in the cage to continue to tend to the chicks.

Since the chicks will very soon be at weaning age, you should pay close attention to the mother and to see if the chicks aren't being neglected nor being victims of aggression on the mother's part. At about 3.5 - 4 weeks old the mother will start to spend more time out of the nest and this will encourage more matings between the breeding pair and if not stopped, this will lead to a second clutch and as the mother tries to tidy the nest, she will start to neglect her chicks and force them to get out of the nest. During these attempts the chicks can suffer abuse and be attacked.
This is why it's recommended to separate the mother once the chicks reach weaning age, not only will it prevent a second clutch from happening and giving the mother a much deserved rest, but this measure will also prevent the chicks from being attacked. During this time, the father will take a more active role in feeding the chicks and help them with the weaning process.

We as owners/breeders can also do our part in helping the chicks during this adjustment period where they start to learn how to eat and be self-sufficient.

In terms of taming, you could have started handling the chicks sooner in order to make them used to you. Daily nest checks are needed in order to see if the chicks are being well fed and are developing well in terms of growth, not to mention the regular cleaning of the nest.

You can start to gently pick the chicks up and talk to them in a positive and encouraging way. You can start with short sessions of 5 - 10 minutes, but you must be aware to not interfere with the parents feeding schedules. It's best to handle the chicks after they have been fed.
Setting up a play area will also be of benefit for the chicks and you can also have a little feeding station to help them out in trying all the "grown up" foods.

Please be sure to read this link below for all the detailed information.
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

It will also be good if you would take your time in reading the sticky threads at the Budgie Breeding as well as the Taming and Bonding section.
I have also moved your thread to the Budgie Breeding section, where it's most appropriate.
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Do you have your two adult pairs housed in the same cage? If so, and in order to avoid complications, it's best to separate the extra pair into a different cage and let the breeding couple in the cage to continue to tend to the chicks.

Since the chicks will very soon be at weaning age, you should pay close attention to the mother and to see if the chicks aren't being neglected nor being victims of aggression on the mother's part. At about 3.5 - 4 weeks old the mother will start to spend more time out of the nest and this will encourage more matings between the breeding pair and if not stopped, this will lead to a second clutch and as the mother tries to tidy the nest, she will start to neglect her chicks and force them to get out of the nest. During these attempts the chicks can suffer abuse and be attacked.
This is why it's recommended to separate the mother once the chicks reach weaning age, not only will it prevent a second clutch from happening and giving the mother a much deserved rest, but this measure will also prevent the chicks from being attacked. During this time, the father will take a more active role in feeding the chicks and help them with the weaning process.

We as owners/breeders can also do our part in helping the chicks during this adjustment period where they start to learn how to eat and be self-sufficient.

In terms of taming, you could have started handling the chicks sooner in order to make them used to you. Daily nest checks are needed in order to see if the chicks are being well fed and are developing well in terms of growth, not to mention the regular cleaning of the nest.

You can start to gently pick the chicks up and talk to them in a positive and encouraging way. You can start with short sessions of 5 - 10 minutes, but you must be aware to not interfere with the parents feeding schedules. It's best to handle the chicks after they have been fed.
Setting up a play area will also be of benefit for the chicks and you can also have a little feeding station to help them out in trying all the "grown up" foods.

Please be sure to read this link below for all the detailed information.
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

It will also be good if you would take your time in reading the sticky threads at the Budgie Breeding as well as the Taming and Bonding section.
I have also moved your thread to the Budgie Breeding section, where it's most appropriate.
thank you!
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I agree completely with the advice aluz has offered.

Breeding should never be undertaken without a strong basic knowledge of budgies and their care followed by extensive research on the best practices for breeding.

Please be sure to review the important information in these links:

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

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https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-what-do.html

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Decisions About Breeding Related Birds

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

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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

You've been given great advice on how to proceed with your chicks as well as wonderful resources to read through to ensure they grow up healthily and safely Please be sure to read through everything to ensure you're aware of all budgie breeding habits, mannerisms, necessities, and expectations

If you have any questions after reading through anything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

We'd love to meet your budgies when you get a chance!

Best wishes!
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