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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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This is my first post ever so I really hope I'm doing it right!
My Budgie's (Princess and Viking) month old chick has still not left the nest and is not interested in doing so. And now Viking (the male) appears to be attacking Princess when ever she goes near the chick. What should I do? Please help!


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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

Is this chick fully feathered and well developed?
If possible, can you post a photo of the chick for us to see?
At 1 month old, the chick should be well on its way to wean and should have already started to come out of the nest to explore the world outside.

If the father is being violent towards the mother, then it's best for you to separate him from his family and place him on a different cage.
You will have to pay close attention to the mother to see if she is taking good care of the chick. If need be and given the delay on this chick's mental (and possibly physical) development, you may need to supplement feed it: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ing-guide.html

If you haven't done so already, you should encourage the chick to eat on its own by placing half a spray of millet inside the cage.
You can also place some veggies by nest box's entrance for the chick to eat.
When you take the chick out of the nest for taming/socialization time, you can also set up a little feeding station with some seeds/pellets, egg food and veggies. https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html

I hope your chick will soon catch up and is able to wean well and gain its independence.

Good luck!
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aluz has offered you excellent advice with regard to the chick.
I agree it would be helpful to see a picture of him.
I do hope the little fellow is able to learn to eat on his own soon.

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thank you so much! I'll try and post a pic right now

So I took the chick out of the nest to try and feed it and get a picture of it. It was attempting to eat practicly everything and also tried eating one of the pellets from my hand but the pellet seemed like it was too hard to crumble down for the chick and it dropped it.
Some thing I should have mentioned earlier as well is that (up until Viking started attacking Princess) both parents fed it regularly and the chick has not gotten any food other then from it's parents.
The two parents are first timers, could this have anything to do with it?
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The chick doesn't seem to be that much behind in terms of growth development.
From the photo it seems the little one is missing the longest tail feathers.

Was this the only surviving chick of the clutch?
Sometimes, when there is only one single chick for the parents to raise, it can take longer for the chick to feel the need to fend for itself because there is no competition from a hungry sibling, nor is there the example of an older sibling to encourage the chick to practice eating on its own.

It's great that the chick has shown interest in eating the different types of food and this is something that should be encouraged and continued.

I doubt the father's more violent behaviour has anything to do with him being a first-timer. The same goes for the chick's delay in weaning/leaving the nest especially if the chick hasn't suffered from any kind of aggression from both parents.

The father's hormones could play a role here when it comes to the aggressive behaviour. Another possibility would be his general personality/temperament which may be more dominant and prone to violence. This is why it's not advisable to breed from budgies who have a more an aggressive temperament.
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Thank you again! This has been so helpful.
Yes, this is the only chick, none of the other eggs hatched. Actually, Viking is normally REALLY sweet to Princess and the chick, and has always had a good temperment.
I'm going to try and hand feed the chick seeds and pellets multible times a day as well as leaving Princess in with it (not Viking) and hope she takes care of it too. Also, I'm going to put veggies and millet in the nest for it.

Thank you both for your welcome and great advice!!
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You're very welcome!
That's a great plan, just be sure to not interfere with the mother's feedings to the chick.
Fresh foods like veggies and most importantly egg food is an essential component during the entire breeding journey.
This link may be of use: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...ding-diet.html

I hope all goes well with the little one!
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What a cute little chick Aluz and FaeryBee have given you the best possible advice and I hope that this little guy will start to eat some food on his own soon

If you have any questions after reading through the links provided, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

I hope to see you around the forums, and we'd love to meet Princess and Viking when you get a chance

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I'm glad to hear the chick wants to try eating on its own. That's a very good sign.

Your plan to supplement the mother's feeding of the chick sounds great.

With regard to pellets, you can either crush the pellets or use Harrison's High Potency Mash.
(The Mash is highly recommended by my Avian Vet. )
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