Budgie BreedingBefore 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.
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?
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.