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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 hen has been supremely good about allowing access to the nestbox; I give a couple of taps on the door and she will either come out or go off to the side and watch.

I have been checking the nestbox each day for cleanliness, as well as carefully checking the babies feet and beaks. I noticed that the bottom of the liner is getting pretty mucky each day. The oldest baby was born on the 22nd; is this normal for this stage? I have read some articles that state that excessive droppings in a nestbox can indicate health problems, but I don't know what excessive is!

I'm attaching pics...do the babies appear healthy? Does the bedding seem dirtier than it should?




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The bedding is quite coarse and non-absorbent so the mess will seem more. I have heard of people having damage to chicks when using wood shavings like this so I would probably change to something softer and more absorbent.
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Please take a look at the instructions in this link.

Even though these are targeted for a particular type nest box, you can use the same principle with the nest box for your chicks.

How To Use A Hagen Vison (Plastic) Nest Box Safely - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

From what I can see, your chicks look like they are healthy and doing great!
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Thanks for the link, Faerybee! That site was one of the first I used as references, and in fact my nest boxes are the same and I use her methods for keeping the liners clean.

I have aspen wood chips in there, not pine or cedar; should I change my bedding material?
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I would change to pine or cedar because they are softer wood, thus more absorbant. Aspen is a hard-wood.
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