I would like to thank everyone for their support and suggestions in my raising of my 3 baby budgies. This may be a lengthy post so I hope you are comfortable
After the aftershock of Tiki pulling out down feathers from the babies, I separated her from the little ones so that she would not do any further damage. I thought that keeping Cloud in with the little ones that he would keeping pulling feathers out of them but I quickly took the steps to stop the behavior by covering Tiki from view so that Cloud could properly focus on the little ones and I was shocked to see that it had worked. He began taking on the responsibility of raising them on his own.
For the first several days after separating Tiki, she drove me nuts with her in her own space once she started to flip her dishes and throw fits in her cage. She did not do any damage to herself, but annoyed the crap out of me As for the last day or so she has calmed right down being on her own but I still do not trust her to be in with the others. I, however, reluctantly wish that she was hand tame so that I could spend time with her. But once the little ones are old enough, Cloud maybe moving back in with her and the little ones can stay in the largest cage. I can certainly say one thing though, I am not letting her be a mother again. This was a fluke and I am grateful for the three out of the six eggs she laid made it, but I just think she is now mentally too old to do it again.
As for Cloud, he has been doing a wonderful job with the little ones, however I was kinda worried about Cloud over feeding Skye and Frankie Blue and not feeding Sprite at all. So there I decided to try and hand feed but she refused it. I put her in with the mom to see if she would feed her and she did but not very much. Of course being the worried parent of my pets that I am, alarm bells went off in my head. Thank you for the suggestions of the egg food for her. I will talk about the little ones here in a minute. I kept a VERY close eye on Tiki when Sprite was in there with her. Since it has been just Cloud and my 3 little musketeers as I sometimes refer to them , if they were all boys I would have named them after the musketeers, (how cool would have that been?) he has been doing his fatherly duties and I have never been so amazed with their progress.
Granted my little ones still have to fill in the feathers that mom had pulled out, they are overall feathering out very nicely. Frankie and Sprite have almost 100% feathered out but Skye still has a bunch to come in yet. Once they are all feathered out I will post some photos for you all to see. Frankie and Skye are pretty well twins in colour but the only difference is that Frankie has a white spot on the back of his head and Skye is fully barred all the way down the back of his head. Anyway, since Sprite was getting very little food and me fighting her for hand feeding, she had decided that she wasn't going to take it anymore and start fending for herself. She has been eating more and more seed in the last 48 hours, she picks at the egg food and veggies a bit but it not quite sure of it yet. 4 weeks old and she is almost fully weaned with the occasional begging to be fed by sibling or daddy but as of today, she seems to be backing off more and more and eating the food that is left for her. So thank you to the person who said that this behavior was common so my worry came down from 10 to 0. Skye had started eating seed this afternoon with his daddy as well as the egg food and he is only 3 weeks old. Frankie LOVES the egg food and started trying the seed. The egg food is his favorite as well as Cloud's. The little ones are doing so well and I could not be more thankful to those of you who helped with your support and suggestions and I apologize for all the alike threads I had created when one is in freak out mode you tend to forget what you have already posted, so thank you Deborah for tying all of them together
Now Frankie and Sprite are learning how to climb, and they can make it up, but can't quite figure out how to get down so I step in to help them out and I have moved perches far lower so that when they do perch and take a fall it won't be a far fall to do any damage. I have put one of those tents in their cage and they absolutely love it. It's all fuzzy on the inside so they spent the night in it last night. It is Skye's favorite thing in the world next to being with me and cuddling into my sweater when I play games on my laptop. I play Diablo 3 so I bring him out to sit with me and he snuggles right in and falls asleep. I wish Sprite and Frankie would sit that still in the evening but when they come out, it's all fun and games, gotta run around and cause trouble and try and get stuck between the couch cushions
I am so thankful for this awesome and rewarding experience and again I would like to thank you all for your wonderful support and suggestions and in helping me in what to do in the situations that I had came across in recent days. I could not be more thankful. I am now back on track to healthy and happy babies who get TONS of love and affection. Its so nice to go bed at night and not have a worry if something bad is going to happen, or go to work and not worry if I am going to come home to a dead baby. They are thriving really well and I think once dad come out and rejoins Tiki, a) breeding the two of them won't happen again; b) I will be introducing egg food to Tiki, Ricki and Apollo to see if they will like it; c) rearrange the large cage best suited for the 3 musketeers.
And in case you all are wondering, just to put your mind at ease, since the babies are trying the seed, millet and egg food, they are also nibbling on the cuttlebone and mineral block that is in with them and they do have a shallow dish of water on the floor of the cage out of the way where fecal matter will not get in there. I change it fresh when there is foreign substances floating around in it. Since Frankie and Sprite started climbing, I now take to precaution preventing any drowning by taking out the other water dish before I head off to bed, because it has way more water in it.
Sorry about the really long post but I had to show my gratitude on the help, support and suggestions that I have gotten and I wanted to fill you all in on how well the little ones are doing.
Jessy , how wonderful It sounds like your little flock are all thriving and well on their way to becoming lovely normal budgies. You have definitely been through some stress of lately, this is unfortunately what can happen when breeding budgies. It is not all lovely chicks and fun much like having a small baby I am so happy for you and the flock all has turned out for the best you have done a wonderful job now sit and enjoy their antics for a while.
Glad to hear everything is going so well. Talk Budgies forum has helped many of us at one time or another, and I am sure your experience with all this has been a help/learning aid to other's following it too...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
After having a full day away from my little ones I came home to extremely happy babies. everyone's crops were full and I brought them out to check on them as my usual routine is now in the morning and before their bedtime and they are so super soft and energetic today. I could not be happier now. My stress has gone down significantly. My little girl Sprite has stopped biting, still doing her "beaking" (as I now call it) but not latching down as hard which is so nice.
The hut that I have in their cage is not hung up its on the cage floor. My mom who is a bird enthusiast had happy huts for her birds and did not have a single issue at all.
I am so excited to post some pictures on Tuesday. I will mention though that when Tiki had yanked out down feathers (caught it as soon as possible) Skye had gotten the worst of it so don't panic if you notice a bit of bare skin. Otherwise he is feathering out slower than his older siblings but he is still doing very well. Still a very active and healthy baby.
I cannot tell you how happy I am now that I don't have to worry as much. They are doing SO well