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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.
Thread Description:When should I remove cranky momma bird from her Chicks

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Old 08-27-2016, 03:40 PM
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Hello again everyone! I haven't posted in a while (a good thing i suppose because I've had smooth sailing on my end) but I have been here lurking and reading some posts.

Some of you may remember when I first joined this group I lost my budgie Duck and he left behind his chicks and a very lonely baby mama. You'll be pleased to know all 5 chicks are happy and healthy (and have wonderful personalities shining through!) this afternoon my youngest chick (Drogon-born on the 27th july) became last to leave the nest and is currently in the process of following his 2 sisters and 2 brothers around learning how to be a bird.

Unfortunately Blue (mummy bird) is becoming a tad stroppy. I have read many posts about this but can't seem to find any on how to approach this without daddy bird in the picture. Shes fine for the most part but seems to get into a mood every now and again and nudges the two eldest off of perches (they can fly now so they aren't too disgruntled) and she has just pecked the youngest when he was chirping at her to show him how to eat. I will clarify that it isn't ever hard or vicious pecking/nudging but enough to cause me concern. The chicks seem totally unconcerned about it. She does keep asking me to let her out of the cage and during one escape mission she flew back to her old cage where her two friends are. The older chicks are eating well and currently Drogon is being shown how to eat and receiving cuddles from his slightly older brother who is now trying to get him to flap his wings. Mummy bird does still feed the younger ones occasionally but not much any more as all have been eating well in their new found freedom. Drogon is the last to learn to eat without mummy but he is getting lots of help from his siblings (who also feed each other every once in a while) Blue is encouraging her chicks to fly and is eating with all of them and letting them watch but the few occasions where she has gotten cranky leaves me wondering if its best to remove her from the breeding cage now and move her back to her original family. Another concern is that mummy is very close to one chick who is the second youngest, so I'm worried she will get upset if she's separated from him but he doesn't seem to worried as he just wants to run around with Drogon now.

Will the chicks manage on there own now without mummy? and will mummy be okay to return to the other birds without being crabby with them?

thanks in advance everyone!

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Old 08-27-2016, 03:58 PM
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At this point, since your oldest chicks are already eating well on their own and your youngest is in the process of being fully weaned and he has the support from the siblings, it's okay for you to remove momma bird.

You can continue to encourage your chicks to eat their food while in the cage and also when you are spending quality time with them out of the cage.
During this time it's also important to check the crops of the chicks to see if they are feeding themselves well. You can do so by gently palpating the crop by using your thumb and index finger. Usually at day's end, the chicks are supposed to have good, filled crops which feel hard to the touch.

The mother budgie will quickly adjust to the separation from the chicks and she will quickly adjust to this change with the help of her flock mates.

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Old 08-27-2016, 04:40 PM
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aluz has given you excellent advice.

We'd love to see some pictures of the babies if you have time to post some. Are you going to be keeping all the chicks yourself?
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I'm so glad all the chicks are healthy and thriving!

Aluz has given excellent advice and I hope things continue to go well! I can't wait to see pictures
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Thats a weight off of my mind! Mummy bird has been calling to her previous flock all day so I think she's ready for moving day! All chicks crops are full every evening when they come out for attention so I am confident to say they are all eating well (the empty seeds that go all over my floor think so too!). I will try and post some of my many many many pictures, last time I still managed to get them thumbnail sized despite using photo bucket (if anyone can figure out what I am doing wrong it will be greatly appreciated!).

I will be keeping one or two females but the males will be going to other members of my family to prevent any breeding with mummy bird (even though I'm a little heart broken about it as my fiancÚ has fallen in love with the smallest chick who's male) they're going to experienced owners who are all family and friends so I can see them regularly! My mother is going to have one male and is considering two as my younger sisters have fallen in love with two separate chicks, so I know they will be going to good homes but I'm still sad about losing members of my flock.

Thank you for your help everyone xx
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You're most welcome! I'm very glad all the chicks are feeding themselves so well. You and Blue did an excellent job in raising them and I'm while you are unable to keep all siblings, it's good to know that they will be kept within your family where they will be well taken care of.
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