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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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My pair had a nest of 6 chicks the first two are just at three weeks yesterday.

I noticed this morning the male and hen have been fighting and looks like it has been pretty ruff. I read this morning to remove the hen as she may be wanting to go back to nest she had just started staying out of the box for the last two nights.

So I have now left the male alone with the chicks and the oldest two have fledged today.

Problem is he does not seem to be feeding the remaining chicks in the nest much and is treating the newly fledged young more like mates eyes all crazy and trying to mount them.

I am wondering what you might suggest at this point maybe remove the father and replace mother? Take out the chicks and hand feed?

I am concerned that if the new fledglings don't respond to the males advances he might get aggressive with them.

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Hi there,

You did well in separating the parents. If your oldest chicks are fully weaned and independent, you can house them together on a separate cage.
This can hopefully make the father budgie more focused on the youngest chicks and feeding them more often.
During this time, it's extremely important to pay close attention to the parent and the chicks, to watch out for any early signs of aggression and monitor the chicks' weight. If there is abuse and neglect then you will have to step in, take a more active role in terms of finishing raising the clutch.
The older siblings can also be very important during this process when it comes to encouraging and teaching the youngest to eat.

How old are these chicks that are still yet to fully wean?
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Thank you Aluz,

The two oldest just came out of the nest today I have never seen them eat on there own at all. Youngest are 3 weeks today.

I am not sure what to do at this point dad was getting very aggressive with the two fledgelings and trying to mate with them.

And has paid no attention to the chicks in the nest at all. I have taken out the father and replaced the hen she is starting to pay a little attention to the chicks in the nest but not much at least she has started to fill up on food so will wait and see if she gets back in the mood to feed.

I am going to give it a bit more time and then step in with feeding if something does not change soon.

Any other thoughts would be great,

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When you said they have fledged, I was under the impression that they were already independent.

Some male budgies can have that behaviour, they somehow mix the feeding process of the chicks with mating. From what I have experienced with mine, they don't attack the chicks with the intent of harming them. When I saw the unwanted advance, I would interfere and not allow the attempted mating.

If the father is truly showing signs of aggression towards the chicks and is not feeding them, you can try to swap him for the mother.
Keep on monitoring the chicks and if the mother also shows signs of aggression then you will have to take full charge in raising the chicks by supplement feeding them and at the same time to encourage them to try out the grown up foods. At this point, you can place half of a spray of millet inside the nest box, place some leafy greens by the nest box's entrance as well and place a dish of egg food and another with seeds/pellets for the oldest ones who have just started to venture out of the nest.

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Thank you that all sounds good to me. I had taken out the father and put the mother back in.

she has started to feed a bit and so at this point I am hopeful I will be keeping a close eye on them for the rest of the day and if the chicks are not full I will step in with some formula to help out a bit.

I will keep you posted the babies are such beautiful colors and so sweet.


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That's a really good plan and I hope everything goes well with the mother.
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I'm glad that removing the father and putting the mother back with the chicks has been successful so far.
I'll be looking forward to your updates on their progress.

Best wishes!
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I hope things go well with your little budgie family and I can't wait to meet the chicks!

Keep us posted on their progress
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Thank you for you help and well wishes everybody.

I have good news I went out for a bit and when I came home mom totally stepped up when I came home and checked on the little ones mom had them all stuffed full and ready for bed and the older ones were back in the nest everyone looked fine and snuggly.

I will keep you posted.

Thanks again, John
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That's wonderful news, John! I'm so glad that Mum is successfully caring for her chicks again
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