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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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Default When can chicks have time out of the nestbox?

My chicks are 2-4 weeks now. They seem to like coming out of the nestbox while I'm doing my cleaning and running around on the bottom of the cage. I've read in a few places that you can get them a hamster type hidey hole and let them run around for a bit, as long as they have somewhere to go to huddle, but I haven't seen a specific age. Any ideas?

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When taking out the chicks for bonding and socialization purposes, it's important to not interfere with the parents' feeding schedule and to do so after the chicks have been fed.
At 4 weeks old, the chicks are right at weaning age and it's normal for them to do leave the nest box and start to slowly explore the cage and learning how to eat by watching their father.
During this time you can have them out for about 15 - 20 minutes, have a play area set up for them and place a little feeding station with all the different foods in order to encourage them to eat.

If you haven't done so already, check the information on this link and especially the part on weaning: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html
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