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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 everyone!

Today has been such a happy day as my first baby budgie has hatched.
When I saw that cute little, pink bum sticking out from under bird-mom I was so surprised and so happy! I had little hope for this clutch as the couple earlier have produced two consisting only of unfertilized eggs.

Now it's been some hours and nerves are starting to kick in. I worry about everything. Especially if mom is feeding the chick. Is there anybody out there who can provide pictures of both a full and an empty crop of a budgie chick? Or a good description?

Thank you in advance

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Congratulations on your first pinkie!

The crop on a newly-hatched chick is very small and as the chick grows, the crop will naturally grow alongside it.
After the chick is first fed, you will be able to see a creamy light yellowish substance on the crop.
Most likely by this time your chick is getting nourishment from yolk sac which is being naturally absorbed by its body and will only be fed by momma bird later on.

Here is a photo of a couple of my chicks. The one on the left has an empty crop (had just hatched) while the older one on the right you can see the yellow contents on a filled crop in the between the right foot and the head (right below the neck area).


I will see if I can find a better photo.

Here's another one of the crop of an older chick:


Another of a full crop
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Congratulations on your chicks! Ana has provided a great explanation and I look forward to seeing more about your gorgeous pinkies!

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Congratulations on your first pinkie!

The crop on a newly-hatched chick is very small and as the chick grows, the crop will naturally grow alongside it.
After the chick is first fed, you will be able to see a creamy light yellowish substance on the crop.
Most likely by this time your chick is getting nourishment from yolk sac which is being naturally absorbed by its body and will only be fed by momma bird later on.

Here is a photo of a couple of my chicks. The one on the left has an empty crop (had just hatched) while the older one on the right you can see the yellow contents on a filled crop in the between the right foot and the head (right below the neck area).


I will see if I can find a better photo.

Here's another one of the crop of an older chick:


Another of a full crop
Thank you!

I managed to get a peek of the crop earlier and there definitely was some there - But less than I expected there to be if the chick was fell fed. I don't know if I am worried over nothing, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
How "big" should a full crop be when they are younger than 24 hours?


This is the best picture I've so far. He/She is very shy.
I will try to get a better picture tomorrow.
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Congratulations on your chicks! Ana has provided a great explanation and I look forward to seeing more about your gorgeous pinkies!

Best of luck
Thank you! I will definitely keep you updated
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Your chick is very well fed, there's no reason for concern. Momma budgie is doing a great job!
I am so glad to hear that!
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