Budgie BreedingBefore 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. Thread Description:Maintaining hygiene for mother and chicks
I have quite a few questions in regards with caring for mother and baby birds. I had prepared myself for this entire process thoroughly however some things are still new to me as a first time breeder, even though I did a lot of research before committing myself to this beautiful experience. My birdy Angel laid 4 eggs out of which the 1st egg hatched on the 16th of this month and since then there are a total of 3 cute hatch-lings and 1 egg still intact. Angle and Tang the father are very dedicated parents, however I noticed that Angel looks pretty messy being in the nest box all day, she doesn't bathe at all, should I clean her myself or is she staying dry to keep the chicks warm ? and also since the chicks are almost a week old, is it safe to remove them from the nest box so that I can clean it ? Also today i was surprised to see one of the chicks outside the box which Im not sure how it got there. The nest box luckily is on the floor of the cage so no damage done there. I put it back gently. Also at certain times during the day Tang is constantly trying to get out of the cage like literally putting his wings through the cage. What does this mean ? All kind of replies and suggestions will be highly appreciated. Im so excited, overwhelmed and worried all at the same time. Thanks to all those who reply.
You can begin cleaning the nest box regularly at this time.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and ensure your hands are warm when you pick up the chicks.
Transfer them to a warm box or bowl lined with a soft cloth during the cleaning and place them back in the cleaned nest box promptly.
I would not try to bathe Angel. When she feels it is appropriate she will preen herself and clean herself up.
Right now she is fully concentrating on caring for her babies as she should.
I don't know why Tang is trying to get out of the cage.
Are you providing lots of egg food, vegetables, pellets, quality seed mix, and water near the entrance to the nest box to make it easy for him to feed Angel?
Thank you so much for your reply. Yes the food and water are easily accessible for Tang & Angel. Im giving them boiled eggs, veges, mixed seeds with pellets. The thing is we release all the birds on a daily basis but haven't done that to the parents since they started breeding. So do you think he's doing that to get out and just play with other birds ?
You have been given excellent advice. At this point it's not advisable to let the father out, he should be fully focused on the task at hand which is to support his mate and feed her, so that she can feed the chicks. Later on, he will also be feeding his chicks, not just the mother.
I don't know the housing situation, but if he is distracted by his other flockmates flying around and landing on his cage, you may need to make some changes in order to not tempt the father into wanting to get out of the cage and this can be achieved by having a spare room where your flock will have out of cage time.
Good luck on your first breeding venture.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Hi thank you for your response. I just managed to successfully clean the nest box. The father took a chance and went out for a lap and was back in the cage quickly...lol... now he seems less restless. All the advice given here is simply amazing. Im so glad to be part of this forum, it just makes my birdies life easy. Attached is the image of the chicks...they are sooooo darn cute.