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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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I'm getting a little concerned. The oldest chick from this clutch is reaching 3 weeks shortly, and yet the hen still seems to be doing all the feeding. Should the male not be helping more? He rarely goes in the nestbox, and the hen has started making a funny noise herself when she's trying to get him to feed her, almost like a baby begging?

I was intending to move the hen out of the cage in 5 days to avoid a double clutch, but will the male actually do his job if I do that?

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Isn't this pair already on their double clutch?
You don't need to move the hen on the exact day the oldest chick turns 3 weeks old.
You can move her later and as soon as she starts to spend more time out of the nest and you notice the first passionate advances of the male towards her.

As for the high pitch sound your hen makes to beg her mate for food, that's perfectly normal, hens do that. At the point you are in the breeding process, it's still normal for the male to be fully supporting his mate by feeding her exclusively.

Yes, in most cases males will take over feeding and finishing raising their chicks with our help.
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Isn't this pair already on their double clutch?
You don't need to move the hen on the exact day the oldest chick turns 3 weeks old.
You can move her later and as soon as she starts to spend more time out of the nest and you notice the first passionate advances of the male towards her.

As for the high pitch sound your hen makes to beg her mate for food, that's perfectly normal, hens do that. At the point you are in the breeding process, it's still normal for the male to be fully supporting his mate by feeding her exclusively.

Yes, in most cases males will take over feeding and finishing raising their chicks with our help.
Thanks for the response! I am speaking of Bananas and Taz, who are on their first clutch. They have 6 babies and all are doing well, I just thought I remembered Anzu (from the double clutch couple you are thinking of) spending a lot more time in the nestbox at this point!

I know they are not all the same though, so if you think they are fine I won't worry so much about it
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All cocks are different, I had a cock who fed the babies from day one, and I had some restless cocks that didn't even feed the hen.

When you notice that the cock is not helping hen, try to come up with some easy accessible food for hen such as baby carrot, corn cob, sweet potato or broccoli.
And if possible try to foster some babies to release stress of the feeding mom.

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Thanks! They are all doing well so far. Mum is still the primary caregiver; Dad seems more cavalier about the whole thing. He does feed her at times, but I always have veggies available (mix of green leaf lettuce, kale, chard, broccoli and carrots ran through the food processor) and she just goes and eats amd then feeds the littles.

I have seen no sign of interest/agression that would indicate signs of a double clutch, so I am just watching them carefully and will pull her if I see them mating.
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Based on my experience, the second clutch is happening when majority of the babies out of the nest box, as soon as you see that the mommy is trying to push the rest of them out and spending a lot of time in the box - time to take her out, to avoid second clutch.
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