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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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Hi all im brand new at breeding, and so far my 5 week old chick is doing great,the parents are doing a fantastic job in feeding however today it seems that baby is calling for food but the parents are refusing to feed occasionally, does parental feeding taper off to encourage baby to potter around and taste things for itself? saying that dad just gave it a mouthful of food, i have placed a plate full of grain and millet and its quite happily nibbling away at it (i hope its actually eating for itself) after seeing mum and dad eating out of the plate rather than the feeders, also what would be the best way to feed it water as it hasnt learned to climb or perch, i know the food pulp from mum and dad supplies baby with water, i have heard that some people say i may have to remove mum as she may want to breed again and can be known to attack babies, so far there has been no hint of aggression towards baby but the parents seem to be getting quite frisky.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:37 AM
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Welcome to the forums,

At 5 weeks of age, the chick should be able to perch and climb around, the fact that the parents aren't feeding the chick as much as they used to is also normal because at this point your chick is well on its way of being fully weaned.
In order to avoid a double clutch it's recommended to separate the mother and place her on a spare cage.
It's great that the chick is trying out the seed mix and by paying a closer look, you will be able to tell if the chick is able to dehusk the seeds and eat them.

Besides the seeds, you can offer your chick fresh foods, like sprouted seeds and leafy greens. Baby spinach leaves are usually a big hit with chicks.
Egg food is also a vital component during the weaning period and should be readily available to the chick at all times.
If the chick is unable to reach the food/water bowls then you can place a little feeding station at the cage's bottom and also place a water bowl (keep water level shallow).
The chick is able to be hydrated from the father's feedings and also from eating the fresh foods, so it's not a worry if you don't see the chick drinking water.

Even though your first breeding adventure is almost finished, you can still benefit a lot from the information found on the sticky threads at the top of the Budgie Breeding section's main page.

You start with this link and pay special attention to the weaning part: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...me-chicks.html
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Hi Russell and to Talk Budgies

Aluz has offered you excellent advice and I agree 100%.

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Hi Russell, and to the forums!

It's great to have you with us

Congratulations on your baby, I'm glad s/he is doing well! Aluz has given great advice with regards to weaning.

Be sure to read though the links provided above, as they will help to keep you updated on the very best of budgie care practices!

If you have any questions afterwards, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Also, feel free to share pictures of your budgie family if you get a chance!

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