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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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So I will preface this by saying in no way was this clutch intentional, I think we were just a bit too lax with the daylight hours our budgies were getting and accept full responsibility for that. I should have been more ontop of the situation and I fully plan to educate myself more about this and be a better parent to my budgies. But now to the matter at hand.


My female laid three eggs in her food dish a few weeks ago.
Today a single chick has hatched and she and her mate are doing very well so far careing for the chick. I make note of the chicks periodic squeeking and then mother will go fetch some seed from her new food dish and feed chick. Dad protects chick but also will bring seed up to the "nest". So it seems they are doing well caring for the chick so far.

On to my concerns.
In her makeshift nest is a bed of empty seed shells, now of course this clutch was unintentional so I was not sure if touching the eggs before they hatched would be a good idea so I left them alone. But now that there is a chick hatched in there I think maybe I should have moved the eggs earlier to a more appropriate place. But I also did not want to encourage more clutches by installing a nest. At what point can the chick be handled to be moved to a more suitable bedding material ? I've read that rolled oats are a suitable nesting material?

We are still unsure if the other eggs will hatch, this is my females first and hopefully only clutch and once the chick/s fledge all food dishes will be modified to ones that can't be used for nesting and the budgies will be out on strict daylight schedual to reduce the want to mate. I fully plan on reading all the stickies up top to make sure I'm doing the best I can. We already have quality homes for the accidental clutch so that is not a worry either.

Thankyou for taking the time to read and reply!

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Hi there,

Since you aren't used to handle chicks, it would be best to wait till the chick is 6 to 7 days old to move it to a more adequate nest.
As for the eggs, after you thoroughly wash your hands, dry them and warm them, you can very carefully pick the eggs up and move them to the nest.
If the remaining eggs are fertile, you should be expecting the second chick to hatch on the 9th and the third on the 11th.
To line the nest, it's best to use pine shavings. Rolled oats aren't appropriate.
When moving the chick(s) to the nest, you have to keep a close eye on the female, because this change can be disruptive and in extreme cases hens can abandon the clutch and the owner is left in charge of raising the chicks. If possible, place the new nest as close to the old one as possible.
And since the chick(s) will be in a less than desirable "nest" you will also need to keep a close eye on its growth and to see if there are no signs of splayed legs.

You do well in reading all the info on the subject here at the Breeding section.
I'm wishing you the best of luck with this unexpected clutch.
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Is the risk of her abandoning the clutch very high compared to the risk of the splayed legs if we don't move the chicks? I'm thinking maybe instead of transferring them to a new nest we should just place some pine bedding in the current dish they are in? I know that later the chicks will need something bigger and lower down on the cage but for now I guess I'd just like to keep disruptions to her as little as possible. I wouldn't know the first thing about hand raising such a tiny tiny bird. I suppose I should start researching that as well. Thank you for the reply!
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Unfortunately, I can't give you accurate percentages. The risks are very real for both cases.
Can you possibly post a photo of the food dish turned into nest?
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That might be possible if I can snap one this evening. It is a medium sized rectangular plastic seed dish, 2 inches high at the back and tapering to an inch deep up front with a small perch ledge on the front of it. There is a bed about 2 cms deep of seed shells that she has been maintaining for the last few weeks. The issue is when momma is in the dish you can't see anything haha she completely occupies the nest so I'm assuming as the chicks grow they all won't fit in there for much longer.

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The food container will surely be too small for 3 growing chicks and the move to a more suitable nest is inevitable.
The chicks need the room to grow and develop properly.
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Thank you for your assistance. I am going out to purchase a new nest box for momma on Thursday. Going to make sure it has a concave bottom and put some pine chips in it for her. She is being an exceptional mother and another egg has hatched last night around 10pm! She has also taken to caring for that baby with no issues. I have a feeling she won't mind the move to a better nest as she does look a little cramped in there when she sits to warm the babies. So only one more day then we will make the switch to the more appropriate nest. Do you think we should leave the old seed cup in the cage after we transfer the babies? Is she likely to try and move the babies back to it if we do that? Thank you again for your help!
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Besides the nest box, it's best that you get all the hand feeding supplies in case you will need to raise the chicks.

Since the old seed cup turned into nest hasn't been used for feeding purposes for a good while, you can remove it and place the nest box near that area.
Also in order to help with the transition, it's best that you keep the lid of the nest box open till momma budgie gets more used to her new and improved nest. Later on, you can very slowly and gradually close the lid of the nest box.

Unless the food cup is very cramped already and there is the imminent danger of the newly hatched chicks to fall off to the cage's floor, then you can move them.
Ideally, it would be best to wait at the very least till the chicks first double in size (age 4 to 5 days old). At the stage the chicks are currently on, they need the constant heat source provided by the mother and the feeding schedule is also very demanding. If this change is too stressful for the mother, she may take more time in accepting the nest and tending to the chicks or worst case scenario, to abandon them.

Before moving the chicks, make sure to wash and dry your hands and warm them up to do the very delicate move to the nest box.

Best of luck with everything and be sure to update us on your growing budgie family.
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