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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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My hen budgie layed 5 eggs and all are fertilized. The first two hateched on the same day, Thursday. Friday when I got home from work I peeked in the nesting box and noticed one was dead ☹️ I thought maybe because they were hatched the same day the hen couldnít keep up. Today, Saturday, when I woke up I peeked again and noticed the crop of the baby in the nest was nice and full and the baby was lively. I went out and got home around lunch and peeked in and saw the other baby dead ☹️ Another baby hatched in that time. I hear it peeping and notice the crop full but I am afraid this one isnít going to make it either. The babies didnít look as though they had any marks or anything. The hen has been keeping them warm also. Could she be smothering them by accident? This is her first clutch but she isnít young, 2 years. Any helpful input would be appreciated!!

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Some budgie females may sit too tightly but if she's feeding, there's really nothing you can probably do. There's a possibility that there may be an issue with the nest itself. She's a first time mom and might do ok with the other chicks if they hatch, but you might not want her to breed again (particularly if this continues in this brood). For now I'd try to not check on what's going on inside their box for a couple of days. If you hear babies calling, it's a good sign.
Breeding birds can be interesting but, we have to understand that when the parents successfully raise a brood, you're the one responsible for providing good homes for those chicks. Good luck with the remaining eggs.
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Ok well I will see what happens ��
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Hi Jeffrey, welcome. I’m sorry to hear this is happening. I’m assuming mom and babies are being raised in their own cage? How large is the cage, and what type of nest box is in there? What is the hen eating? As many more details as possible and even a photo of the basic set up might help us determine or narrow down factors as to why you’re losing chicks. There should be some folks along soon who have first hand breeding experience who might be able to help.

In the mean time, if you haven’t already, please take a look at all the Stickies threads located at the top of the breeding section Budgie Breeding - Talk Budgies Forums for some essential information on breeding from preparation to fledging. There you’ll find current relevant advice too. I wish you all the best.
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I feed them millet, the regular mix seed with no fancy stuff as they donít eat those coloured bits, romain, water, cuttle bone, mineral block and egg food. I have never had any luck with them eating anything other then lettuce. I have put almost everything in the cage. I have a commercial breeding box meant for budgies but there in nothing in it because I tried to put shaving in it 3 times and she kicked them out. I bought the cotton nesting material yesterday; do you think I should try to put some in? I donít want to disturb her too much. The egg food is a boiled egg, cooked quinoa, veggies in the blender and flax seed. I havenít actually seen them eat it yet. So far baby #3 is alive...


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I assume the male is doing his roll and feeding the female. Does she stay outside the next box a lot? When she is out tending to nature, does he go into the nest is sit till she returns? Just some observations that you might have seen.
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Yes he always feeds her. Sheís only off the nest for 15second max to drink and back in the nesting box. Every time I peek in she is sitting on them but when I look sheís hops off and out of the box to give me the evil eye until I leave and right back I need she goes. There was another egg that hatched last night or early this morning so there are 2 little wigglers.
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Hi Jeffrey and to the forums!

You've come to a great place to learn even more about budgies!

Is that the breeding cage?? If so, it is much too small for any bird, especially a breeding pair with chicks. Additionally, round cages can be traumatic for birds as they have no corners with which to build their spatial orientation of their environment.

It's very likely that the lack of space is contributing to the female's stress, which may in turn cause her to sit more tightly on her chicks.

I'm glad that the third chick is doing well so far. I truly believe that the best way to prevent this chick from also dying is to ensure that they are being fed a good breeding diet, which it sounds like you've offered them, and are in a large enough cage so that they can move around and de-stress. Once the chicks start to get feathers, you should move the little family into a larger cage, if possible. To minimize stress, try to arrange everything in the new cage in the same general orientation as it was in the round cage.

You should not put any cotton nesting material. This actually should never be used for birds as it is extremely harmful if ingested, as it can cause crop impaction, which is often fatal. Additionally, the mother or chicks could easily get tangled in it.

It is normal for the mother to kick the shavings out of the box until the chicks are born. She should have at least a little shavings in there now to absorb the chick's droppings, etc.

Be sure to read through all of the many articles and stickies that we have here! If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Please keep us posted on how things go!

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Ok I will move them in three weeks assuming they survive, so far the 2 are still alive. Should I add more shavings? I really donít want to stress out the momma.

Also thank you all for your time and knowledge! I am so appreciative!!!

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The cage you have your budgies in is not appropriate for a breeding cage. Round cages are never a good choice for budgies - they need retangular cages and should have as large a cage as possible.
The very minimum size cage for two budgies would be 30" long x 18" wide by 18" deep.

How much research did you do prior to allowing these budgies to breed?
Does the nest-box have a concave bottom?

Please carefully review the information in the following links:

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