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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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Old 08-02-2016, 07:46 AM
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So i woke up this morning and my youngest chick (hatched July 30th) has an inflated crop, its very noticeable. I read a lot of articles online starting from when i first considered getting a second budgie (even though we were years away-its better to be safe) and when researching chicks there quite a few articles about air being trapped in crops but there seems to be mixed opinions on what to do. I've tried searching through the forums here but I don't think I've got my techniques of searching figured out yet as i could find anything. Some other sites have said they were told to "push up" the air (which I'm willing to do but the thought terrifies me incase i break him!) but many other people go on to say it returned quickly after and more so, so they found it better to leave it and it would deflate and inflate slightly more then disappear all together.

What do I do?! he seems quite happy-until his brother kicked him-but he's still trying to get up and find momma for food. But the inflation looks really uncomfortable.

Does anyone have any pictures of an air inflated crop so I can confirm?
and what is the best way to help my little chick?

hope you can help!
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Even for parent raised chicks, they can at times get air in the crop and in most cases, this sorts itself out fairly soon without our need to intervene.
The problem is when the same chick consistently gets the crop filled with air and as a result isn't able to get enough nourishment on a consistent basis, leading to stunted growth or inability to thrive depending on the cases.

This can happen to inexperienced, first time mothers where the timing for feeding isn't in tune with the chick and during the feeding, the chick ends up by sucking in the air while waiting for the food.

Keep on monitoring the chick to see if later on it is properly fed.

I don't have any photos of inflated crops, but you can post one and hopefully your mind will be put at ease.
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Oh thank you, this has put my mind at ease. I will post a picture when I clear out the nest box today, currently he's in a budgie puddle because they're all asleep. Mummy bird normally feeds him first and he always seems well fed with no signs of inflation (same goes for the rest of them) so this is my first time seeing it. I saw him laying motionless a moment ago and I panicked but it turns out he was just sleeping, one of his sisters tripped over him and he wiggled back to the pile. I think I'm going to be worried about every little thing for a while since what happened to duck, so I apologise if I seem to always be posting!

Thank you for your help yet again. You're my chicks' guardian angel xxx
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You're very welcome and thank you for your kind words.

It's good to know that your littlest one has been well fed for these 3 days and with the digestion and continued feedings he will get today, the air bubble will soon go down and disappear.

Keep on offering the mother lots of egg food alongside easily digestible foods such as millet spray to keep up with the production of crop milk for the youngest chicks who at this time aren't yet able to receive the thicker food the oldest siblings are getting.
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I will make sure she's getting some, she seems to be eating well today but I haven't seen her eat any egg food-I will be persistent in trying though so she always has some available, I have moved the egg food closer to the nest box in hopes it will encourage her. She seems to have a bit more time to relax now she's figured out when to eat in preparation for the chicks feeding time and herself-I'm really pleased because she is seeming so much more relaxed and seems to be getting more rest and more time to preen herself (and time to shout to my other birds to be quiet when they start singing!)
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