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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 keet pair laid a clutch of six eggs. Two of the eggs hatched eight days ago (they are growing and seem to be doing well). Four days ago, a third egg hatched. The newborn was SO tiny compared to the first two. It died I took it out of the nest and inspected it carefully, but I didn't see any blood. I assume it was either smothered or trampled on by the first babies or the mother.

Just a few minutes ago, another hatched. It also is very tiny compared to the first two, because obviously they are over a week apart.

Should I pull it out to the side, so that it isn't trapped beneath the weight of the first two? Or should I just leave it be? I'm afraid if I leave it be, it could suffer the same fate and get smothered by the larger babies. Maybe this is a let-nature-take-its-course situation?

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You need to leave the baby for the mother to care for.
It will need to have crop milk from the hen to thrive and grow.

Is this your first time dealing with budgie breeding?
Do you know if the remaining eggs are viable?
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Not my first time with breeding birds. But yes, first time with budgies.

This pair of keets has successfully hatched babies in the past. However I don't know how many -- the pair was a rescue from a woman who passed away so I have very little background on them. But they are "experienced parents." They had already laid this current clutch when I got them.

There were six eggs laid in total. Four have hatched (two doing well, one died and now this new one hatched yesterday). The mother did kick one egg out of the nest (I assume it wasn't viable). That leaves only one egg left to hatch, and I don't know if it's viable or not.

At this point I'm more concerned about the tiniest baby getting smothered or trampled on because it's so very small compared to the others. From your response, I gather I should just let this play itself out naturally?

Btw, I didn't mean that I considered pulling the newly hatched chick out of the nest. Just aside, out from underneath the larger/older babies. I fear her tiny and fragile neck getting broken beneath their weight. No, I would never pull a chick out from the nest. I know that much!

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Despite the circumstances not being ideal, the chick will have the best chances of survival by being with the mother on the nest.
The first 4 - 5 days will be critical. I hope all goes well with the littlest one.
You can also try to keep a closer eye on the youngest and to check the nest after feeding time is over, then you see if the youngest has been fed and if need be, you can temporarily take the oldest chicks out of the nest to see if the mother tends to the youngest.
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Thanks for your response.

Yes, you can move the tiny baby to the side or top of the pile of chicks so it doesn't get smothered or squashed by the bigger chicks.

aluz has offered you excellent advice as well.

Best wishes with your clutch.
I'll be looking forward to updates.
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From what I have seen with my chicks over the years, even if moving them they will instinctively look for the siblings and will go back to the centre of the nest box where the concave is (the mother will also tuck the littlest one back in with the rest of the siblings).
The youngest look for the warmth and will stay hidden by the oldest siblings and their mother who will only move the littlest ones when it's feeding time.
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I was just about to go back and edit my post to say the smallest often end up under the larger chicks which actually helps to keep the little ones warm and that the mother will find the littlest one at feeding time but.... aluz beat me to it!!

So yeah -- what aluz said!
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Thank you. Yes, I kind of figured that could happen -- the tiniest one inching his way back to the bigger ones if I moved it aside. In which case I'd do better by not moving it at all and just allowing nature to take its course.

Sorry if I sounded panicked, I just can't help but worry about that tiny little neck getting crushed. With many other birds, they all pretty much hatch at the same time so I've never faced this problem before. But as of now, the littlest one is still hanging in there and he's pushed past the first 24 hours. So maybe he'll be ok! *crossing fingers*
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We are all rooting for the little one to make it, that's for sure.
If it helps, the few chicks I had that passed very prematurely on the first days have never had their necks broken from being trampled by the older siblings.
During the first days, they don't even have enough strength to hold their heads and in a way the neck stays protected.
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We'll be looking forward to hearing your updates on how all of the hatchlings are doing.

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