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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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Old 11-29-2017, 01:39 AM
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Default Please help - advice on fledged chicks and parents unwanted behaviour.

First of all HELLO! This might be a bit long so bear with me!

I'm going to do a bullet point timeline first off as it will be easier and quicker!

1. Decided to let my bonded pair have one clutch so added nest box.
2. They started straight away and had 2 successful chicks (other eggs not fertilised so removed)
3. Mum did a sterling job and Dad helped nicely.
4. When the chicks were about 2/3 weeks old Mum wouldn't let Dad near nestbox and it got very aggressive, Mum had a bloodied eye.
5. Removed Dad for a week or so, he was desperate to get to his chicks was very sad.
6. Put Dad back in and Mum and Dad constantly playing tag team with babies, chasing each other away and squabbling but no bad violence. At this stage noticed Dad paying particular attention to the one budgie.
7. One baby fledged with Dads CONSTANT hassling! the other remained in nest.
8. Mum and Dad constantly at each other, not overly aggressive, Mum just really angry and not very nice. Dad starts showing signs of what I don't think is maternal feelings towards chick, constantly kissing her and grooming and trying to step on back, won't leave her alone for a second.
9. Decide to force the other baby out and take away the nest box to see if it all calms down. Other chick comes out and Dad not interested, Mum very caring towards this one.
10. Mum showing signs of aggression towards Dad's favourite, not full on attacking but not being nice at all.
11. Move Mum into separate cage for sake of this baby as i'm sick of watching them all and worrying as I try to run a house and work!
12. Dad not interested in feeding 2nd baby so put it in with Mum, small cage though so not much room. She feeds it but you can tell the babies are desperate to be together so I put baby back to be with his sibling now and again. Dad not interested at all when this one begs him for food, heartbreaking.
13. Babies are just short of 5 weeks old and have seen both nibble seed now. Very tempted to put babies away from parents as sick and tired of watching Dad act like a husband and not a parent to the one. He really is constantly running up and down to her kissing and it's driving me crazy watching this poor little thing get too much attention.

OK so my questions are, I just really want all 4 together again, will this ever happen? Can I separate babies from parents this young? Will Mum ever love the other baby like she once did? will Dad stop seeing the one baby as a mate? Arrrggghhhhh

Did I mention that I'm NEVER breeding budgies again? as long as I live never ever ever.

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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.

You are definitely experiencing many of the potential problems one faces when deciding to breed their budgies.

First, I suggest you focus on the "now" and don't worry about what is going to happen in the future
(e.g. whether or not the four budgies will ever be able to successfully be housed together. }

Right now, you need to do the following:

1. Babies together in nursery cage

2. Mom and Dad together IF they get along.
If not, then each need to be in an individual separate cage which means you'll be running a total of three cages. I'd suggest you put each cage in a different room for right now.
We can talk about moving them back in the same room in a couple of weeks after determining how things progress.

3. If the babies are not yet fully weaned, then you need to be doing supplemental feedings (although at 5 weeks they should be pretty far along in the weaning process)

4. Ensure you are giving the babies seed, pellets, fresh vegetables and egg food.
If the chicks are not eating enough on their own, then supplement with hand-feeding formula regularly.

5. Budgie parents are not like human parents
Budgies care for the chicks (hopefully) until the chicks can fend for themselves.
After that, they view them as any other budgie.
The parents may or may not be aggressive toward the chick(s) and may or may not try to breed with them.

Are both of the babies female?

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Hi and thanks for all the info! Yes I did the reading but was not deterred !!
Yes they have egg food loads of different veggies, millet and water EVERYWHERE. I sprinkled seed in the nest box when they were still in there too! I have seen them both nibble various things, my worry is quantity and if they will take enough on board.

Okay so Mum and Dad back together, seem ok, babies huddled together now in my office in a nursery cage surrounded by all the foods mentioned above, will keep a close eye on them and will try to reintroduce them in 2 weeks.
I just feel so bad for them and I have learnt a lesson! I'm not cut our for this!

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I would refrain from trying to reintroduce the chicks to the parents until they are a minimum of 8 or 9 weeks old.

Be sure you do not have a nest box or anything that could be construed as a nest in the cage with the Mom and Dad budgies or they may end up breeding again!

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ok great thanks! will keep you posted!
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