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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Old 08-03-2015, 11:39 PM
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Question Tips for faster weaning in budgie chicks?

I've said this about a jillion times in my threads by now, but I have two baby budgies. One will be 5 weeks in one day and the other in 3 or 4 days. I am hand raising them because the hen got spooked and got away. I think I may have asked this question in another post somewhere, but couldn't find it, so I'll just ask it again. How can I speed up the weaning process? The chicks are already eating pellets, egg food and millet and seeds and some fruit on their own (mostly when I'm around them and next to them, offering it, but they will eat food on their own too) but I still feed them 4 or 5 times a day. Any tips to have these chicks wean faster? Because I'm going away from home for a month, I am taking the chicks and dad, and some other birds with me, but it would be much easier if I didn't have to hand feed much when I am away with them...

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Old 08-04-2015, 05:41 AM
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It's not a good idea to rush through weaning or have your chicks go "cold turkey" from the formula, paying close attention to what they eat on their own and checking the crops is vital during this time and the decrease in the amount of hand feeding must go hand-in-hand and according to your chicks own pace.
You can gradually decrease the amount of times you supplement feed them the formula, especially if they are eating all these foods on their own.
See if they go for their "grown up" food early in the morning and are eating it with gusto, make sure they crack open the seeds and actually eat them.
After they have their meal you can try and see if they would like a little formula and if they don't it's okay, it means they got sufficient food. You can try offering it later in the day.
As you decrease the times you feed them the formula and control what they eat on their own and check their crops, you'll have a better idea on the amounts of supplement feeding they need. And if they are no longer begging to be hand fed that's a good sign too, because it would mean they prefer to eat their grown up foods.
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Unfortunately hand reared babies are notoriously slower to become weaned, they do not have flock members to watch and learn from, you are all they know as a food resource. They all are different in timing . ALuz has given you excellent advice keep encouraging them to eat food for themselves.
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aluz has given you perfect advice.

Poor little mites haven't had an easy time of it since they hatched, have they?
Hopefully they'll grow into healthy well-adjusted budgies with the love and care you've provided for them.
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Unfortunately hand reared babies are notoriously slower to become weaned, they do not have flock members to watch and learn from, you are all they know as a food resource. They all are different in timing . ALuz has given you excellent advice keep encouraging them to eat food for themselves.
These babies actually do have someone to learn to eat from. Their dad. After the incident with the mom, I decided to leave the babies in the nest box in the cage with their dad. I know that cocks are supposed to wean the babies, but for me the hen always helped, so I took over. The dad still feeds the babies, but not much (that's where I come in). They are out of the nest box all day (in the cage, or with me) but I alway put them back in at night (even though I find them out of the nest box in the morning when I wake up to feed them.) also, the chicks don't really eat in their cage much, I usually take them out and sit them next to me on the couch or something, and surround them with food (I don't literally surround them) and then they eat it.
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It's good that the chicks can watch their father eating and hopefully they will follow suit and learn to better manoeuvre themselves in the cage.
You can also place your chicks on the food bowls you have in the cage to get them used to where the seeds/pellets/veggies are located.
I also do this with mine and even place a couple of extra food dishes on the cage's floor, one with seed mix and the other with egg food. The veggies I usually place near the nest box's entrance and on the chicks favourite perch.
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