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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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How long would it be before you saw the signs of this?

It has been over 48 hrs since its injury. We saw the vet yesterday and he felt his condition was good at the time and that mum was getting food into him.

My problem is that he told me to handfeed if I notice any signs that he is not getting enough food, but I'm concerned that I will miss these "signs". What will they be? Will there be incessant calling for food? Lethargy? The little one is still alert and curious. I'm not an expert, but I gently checked its crop compared to its siblings and they seem the same.

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Carefully checking the crop (by using the thumb and index finger) to see if it's full is a very good method. I do this on weaning chicks at the very least a couple of times per day (the checking can be done sooner, but it's also easy to see the crop contents when the feathers aren't yet covering the crop area and to visually notice the protuberance when the crop is full). This check is done while taking in account the chicks' feeding schedules and by not interfering when the mother is feeding them.
I do a last check at sundown, that's when all crops should be round and nicely filled (feel harder to the touch).
You can also keep track of the chick's weight by using a gram scale.

At a first stage, when the chick is not getting enough food there will be more begging and agitation/stress. As it progresses, the chick will gradually lose interest, the activity levels will reduce, the poops will reduce not just in size but also in frequency and with starvation, they will get a much darker colour.
When reaching the point of no return, the chick will not longer feel hunger and will not care about being fed.

From the description you have made, your chick is coping well so far and hopefully it continues that way.

RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
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