Babies in a coconut!!
My female laid eggs in her small coconut nest and I believe them to be fertilized. I'm not sure if the coconut is large enough for the babies when they hatch.
Should I move them to a nesting box? If so, what's the best way to do thay? I don't want her abandoning her babies.
How long ago did she lay the eggs? If they were just laid, you can throw them out. There won't be any life in them until they have been incubated for several days. Also remove the coconut hut and anything else that may resemble a nest to avoid this happening again. Rearranging the cage and limiting daylight to 8 hours per day will help throw her out of breeding mode. Is there a male in the cage or is it just her?
Letting budgies breed is a bad idea without having done a lot of research and planning beforehand. I agree with IHeartsPied. Throw out the eggs, rearrange their cage, get rid of the coconut, and try to prevent this from happening again until you've both done extensive research and have a plan for what to do with the babies once they are grown.
A coconut is not an appropriate nest for budgies, and should never be included in a cage. It will eventually be too small for the chicks and they are not easy to clean and keep sanitary.
Have you bred budgies before? Breeding should never be entered into lightly, or when you are unprepared (like you are now). There are so many things that can go wrong, it can be heartbreaking.
Do you have homes lined up for any potential chicks?
Were your parent birds vet checked before allowing them to mate?
What diet are they on?
Do you have an avian vet nearby in case of emergencies?
Do you have $$$$ set aside in case of a vet visit?
Do you have additional cages available for weaning?
Do you have another additional cage to remove mom so she doesn't double clutch?
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. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.
As said by other posters, the coconut shell should never have been placed in the cage and the birds should have been discouraged from breeding.
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Have the eggs been incubated or were they just laid?
If they have not been incubated yet, then dispose of them immediately, remove the coconut hut and take the necessary steps to discourage breeding activities.
Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
When the budgies come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
If the eggs are currently being incubated and have been incubated for more than 3 days then we need to address how to best move them to a proper nest box with a concave bottom.
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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums,
You've been given excellent advice. It's important to never allow your budgies to breed without having the proper experience, background, and resources to ensure minimal risk to the parents and their offspring.
As mentioned, if the eggs have not been incubated at all, it's perfectly fine to throw them away as there is no life formed in them. Please updated us on how things are going for your budgies soon!
Meanwhile, please be sure to read through all the links provided above by FaeryBee as they will be the best way to stay updated on the best of budgie care practices.
We hope to see you around the forums!
Best wishes :wave:
Hi :welcome: I agree with all mentioned above. The advice is nit meant to be an attack, and I hope you don’t take it as such. It’s to help you do what’s best for the budgies :).
Stick around and learn about the best ways to keep and care for budgies. When you have more experience, we can help you with the most up to date advice on breeding; but remember that pet budgies don’t need to breed to be happy. In fact, the majority of us do not breed regardless how long we’ve kept budgies. There is so much more to it thsn meets the eye. I personally would never want my birds to breed. Too much to prepare for and deal with.
We have lots and lots of information here to take advantage of. Take a look at the Stickies in each section. You’ll find useful advice, as well as answers to questions you may have. If you still have questions, we’re here to help :).
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