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The little guy seems as active as he'd been the last few days (he is about 9 days old), but I poked in to see how they were and noticed he had something on his head. Wasn't there about an hour ago when I last checked them. I picked him up to see if it was just something I could wipe off, but it looks like a scab and that there's bleeding around it? When I picked him up, I also noticed what looks like a big bruise on his little wing. I took him out to take some pictures and check him out, and he still seems cognitive and responsive, he just has these injuries suddenly... I'm at a loss. What should I do?
I just had my three budgies as pets, and I let them fly around in the room together, so colony, i guess?
I thought all my budgies were female and did not expect any babies at all, so they're still all in the room together. My other female did figure out how to get in the nest box recently, so I think it very well could have been her... Should I separate them? The father cannot figure out how to get into the nest, so I assume he's just going to stay out of the picture.
Is there any suggestions on what i should do for baby, and are they likely to survive these attacks?
Because this is a surprise, this is my first time, yes. There's four babies in total.
You need to separate the "additional" female into a cage of her own right away.
Put the Mom and Dad into the cage with the nestbox. (Do NOT allow the budgies to have free flight around the room during this time).
If you want the "additional" female to have out-of-cage time, move her to a different room.
Once you separate the budgies, you are going to need to watch the parents and babies carefully to see if there are any additional injuries to any of the chick(s)
If there are, then it is one of the parents that is attacking the chick(s) which is a whole different ball-game.
At this point, there is nothing you can do with regard to the one little chick's current injuries.
Keep an eye on him to ensure he is being fed.
Have any of the other chicks been injured?
How old is the oldest chick and how old is the youngest chick?
You must have known the budgies had laid eggs and were nesting.
Did you do any research on how to handle the situation as soon as it arose?
Did they have a nest-box prior to laying?
What are you feeding them?
Definitely, will do. Hope the lil guy is okay... the wounds don't seem to deep or anything, they just look so angry.
We thought the eggs were infertile and just allowed mama to lay on them, and planned on throwing them out after things had run their natural course. We were incredibly surprised when the first one hatched, but we were able to keep them warm and bring them all up and hatched this far.
There was no problems with the other birds in the room going near them, because the other birds couldn't get in the next box. But, yeah, I'll get a cage going for mama and the chicks so she'll be safe.
The dad hasn't shown any interest at all in the chicks. Would you still recommend they be all kept together?
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This chick looks healthy otherwise, at this age they can be amazingly resilient and although the head looks like it was bitten (likely the spare female), it should heal over
fine. Might have a slight bare spot for life though! I'd definitely keep this pair separate for now.