We have had two of our budgies mate & hen laid 9 eggs of which 6 have hatched & are looking pretty strong & developing well. Today will be day 17 since 1st hatched & I am concerned for my hen. She looks to have lost a significant amount of weight & it looks like the food reguritation is all run down under her beak. It is very weird as she is showing absolutely no other signs of illness or distress. She does come out to eat at food bowls (a little more often now) & the male budgie seriously stepped up to the plate of helping her with the babies very early on. I have looked all over at different websites & videos.... There is nothing pertaining to illness in the mother hen. It's quite frustrating because I don't know if and/or when I should intervene. P S. We do not know how to hand feed. Like I said, she's eating more on her own, not only waiting for the male to feed her. Also I got her from a friend, so she was never hand trained & in all our efforts she is figgity with human contact. Any feedback would be appreciated.
That's a big brood to feed, but for now make sure that she and he have access to an abundance of nutritious fresh soft food for the brood. If she shows signs of not feeding and or illness, she may need assistance, even though your male should continue to feed them.
Make sure your hen is getting plenty of calcium.
Her body is going to be depleted with a clutch that large.
Please be sure you separate the mother out from the chicks when the youngest is about 3 1/2 weeks old.
At that time the father will take over feeding the chicks until they are fully weaned.
However, you may need to still offer supplemental feedings if it is too much for just one of the budgies to handle.
You certainly do not want the pair to mate again and begin a second clutch.
Additionally, once this clutch is weaned, I suggest you do everything necessary to prevent any future breeding. Will you be keeping the chicks?
Rearranging the budgies' cage(s) 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 they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
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