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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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Hey friends...
I have some budgies at my home......I don't have much experience about breeding and taking care of these cute little birds.......my bird has layed 4 eggs and 1 egg has even hatched today...
Can anyone help me with ...what food should I give to them ...any other tips and precautions to take care of them

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Welcome to the forums.

Given the fact you are very new to budgies, breeding shouldn't have been allowed at this stage since you are not at all ready for everything that it entails.
The decision to breed comes with a whole lot of responsibility and commitment, the lives of the breeding pair(s) and the chicks are depending on you and the response you give if/when faced with adversity.
Things like being able to tell if your breeding pair is in good health and top physical condition to go through breeding; when a hen is expecting an egg or if she is showing the first signs of being egg bound; when a chick is having developmental problems, not being fed or showing signs of dehydration;
when there is aggression, abandonment and neglect of the chicks and it's solely up to you to feed and raise the chicks. The ability to detect early on and solve these issues can truly make a difference on the outcome of your breeding journey.
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

Can you give more information on your current situation, how many budgies do you currently have? Do you have your breeding pair housed with other budgies? Is there more than one nesting site on the cage?

Since at this point in time it's already too late to prevent this breeding, the best thing you can do is to read the information found on the sticky threads located at the top of the page here at the Budgie Breeding section.
You can start with these ones:
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ding-diet.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...treatment.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

Once the chicks reach weaning age (at about 3 and half weeks old), it's best to remove the mother budgie and place her on a difference cage away from her family, this is done for the chicks' safety because at this stage the mother can show signs of aggressiveness, this is especially true when she is already thinking of a potential new clutch.
Given the circumstances, having more clutches is really not in anyone's best interests, not yours and not your budgies.
After this first breeding venture is over, please remove all nesting sites from the cage (any dark hiding places) and follow the recommendations from this link: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html
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I agree completely with aluz and look forward to your answers to her questions.
The more information you can provide with regard to the age of the budgies that have bred, whether or not they were on a conditioning diet; their current housing situation, number of budgies in the cage with the pair, etc. will allow us to offer additional advice.

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Hi Aluz
My Budgies pair is in good health...
2 eggs have hatched and 2 more are there ...
We have 2 pairs in a cage ....
But only one nesting box.
I have gone through some forums and I started giving sprout grains ....eggs and green leafy veggies

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice and resources from both FaeryBee and Aluz in helping you with this unexpected clutch as well as good guidelines to avoid future clutches before thoroughly preparing. I'm glad the forums have been of help so far and I hope they continue to do so. If you have any questions after reading through everything, please do ask as we'd love to help!

I'm glad your pair is in good health and they've been eating the new foods you've offered!

However, you should remove the other pair from the cage. It's important to have one pair per breeding cage, even if there is only one nestbox and one breeding pair, as other budgies can stress the mother, and even attack or kill chicks if things go wrong. Please remove them to their own cage as soon as possible-- it would be terrible if something happened to the two chicks you already have!

Please keep us posted on how things go!

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Hey Thanks for the response StarlingWings
Is it OK to remove the nest with babies in another cage or I should remove other budgie from this cage ......
3 eggs have hatched....I m so excited...please do guide me keep these little beautiful birds safe and healthy

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Hi again,

As was previously stated, you should house the extra pair of budgies who is not currently breeding to a different cage (be aware to not give this pair a nesting area) and let the chicks/eggs and parents on the cage they have always been on.

The link I gave you on planned co-parenting should be useful, if you haven't yet had the time to read it.
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Lovely Chicks

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Friends please suggest me......we have 3 Chicks...when should I start hand feeding and what food is recommended 🤔

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Your babies are gorgeous and they all look very healthy. Mum and Dad are doing a great job of looking after them. There is no need for you to hand feed them at all since they have good parents. You can still form a bond with them by handling them daily.
Good Luck and well done for asking for assistance
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It's good to see your chicks doing so well!
I agree that it's best for the parents to continue to raise their chicks, since they are being well fed and taken care of.
It's also not advisable for a person with no previous experience in raising chicks and hand feeding to do so, as many problems can arise.

Please make use of the informative links previously given to you on this thread, as most if not all of the doubts or questions you might have are addressed there.
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