I just recently joined this forum and I'm hoping to get a little help from you guys.
I am not new to budgies by any means, but I am new to breeding them. I have my first breeding pair set up right now and they have 3 babies (so far). The oldest was hatched on October 8th.
The babies seem to be doing great, all are being fed and are growing. But the momma budgie seems to be a little disheveled. She pulled quite a few feathers out to line the nest box, so she's a little scruffy, and I've noticed that her keel bone is a little more pronounced than usual.
I had both parents in great condition before breeding. They have been fed a mixture of dry seed mix, sprouted seeds, veggies and fruit, spray millet, store bought egg food, home made egg food, vitamin supplements, cuttlefish bone, dried crushed egg shell. The male is looking great. He seems to be feeding momma bird well. He is always eager to gobble up the fresh foods I give him twice a day. I have also been putting a spray of millet in the nest box with momma, as she really doesn't come out to eat on her own much now.
I'm not sure if I should be worried about momma budgie. This is their first clutch, so I'm not sure if I'm just paranoid or if some weight loss in hens is normal. She seems okay otherwise, and the babies seem to be doing great.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated