Budgie BreedingBefore 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.
The last one may or may not make it.... I noticed a little pip last night, but it was not hatched this morning. I could hear it peep and gently helped it out. The baby does not look as vigorous as the others. I hope it makes it. Anything I can do for it? It has not been fed yet.
All the others are doing very well. The oldest guy is 10 days old and enormous in comparison to the little one.
The dad does nothing but eat. I feel so sorry for him - he is becoming skinny. I am giving him/them cooked rice, oats, fruit, veggies, seed mix, sprouts, added vitamin/mineral mix and egg food (I bought a commercial mix - they are not impressed. Will be making my homemade mix just now.) They have a mineral block & cuttlebone.
Anything else I can give them to help keep the brood fed?
I'm set-up and ready to help feed the babies if I must. Right now they are still doing well.
I feel a little better now. I put some homemade egg food in there and the male is eating ferociously. Egg, rice, carrots, broccoli, celery, red pepper, flax and a little of their vitamin mix (my birds don't like this, so I have to add very little.)
The little guy is still alive, but floppy and quiet. There is nothing I can do for him but wait - I guess?
Very good that all 7 eggs hatched and all are alive. Seems you were given good advice about the youngest one that seem to need help. Good that you cared enough to reach out and ask for help on helping the new baby. You are doing very good on this baby bird and care at your home.
They are all still doing beautifully. It's becoming very crowded in the nest box and I think that the parents might be starting to struggle a bit to feed all the chicks. I give them extra millet and soft food, just so that can get the job done. It seems to be working for now. The oldest chick is almost 3 weeks old. I might just pull the oldest 2/3 in a few days and hand-feed them. We'll see how it goes.
Their colours are starting to show. I have a normal green, normal blue, and then a chick that I think is pied green? (Nr. 4 is pied blue or blue, not sure yet. The other 3 are too young still.)
What do you think?
Would this mean that the dad is split for blue?
They are beautiful Yes, the father must be split for blue. Additionally, he is also split for opaline. It is a sex-linked gene, so fathers who are split for opaline will pass on the gene for opaline to half of their daughters. This means that the first little chick is a girl
and Princess Mallorn!
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