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Old 05-20-2015, 12:13 AM
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A while back I bred one of my budgie pairs. I went through my normal process of getting the babies used to hands, start holding them for ten or more minutes starting from when their eyes open. With this clutch I noticed something different from the previous ones. My female of the breeding pair never made any angry warning sounds whenever I entered the nestbox while she was there. She either moved out of the way, or left the nest without any fuss. With her previous clutches, she would also make angry sounds whenever I went to put a chick back into the nest, not really at me, but at the chick I was returning. But, she never did this with this most recent clutch.

A few days before the chicks were to start fledging, they started displaying signs of being stressed out, panting while being held like the normal routine. Once they fledged, none of them were interested in my hands at all. This is completely unlike the previous clutches that have gone through the same familiarization process. They were separated from the parents after they had been weaned for a few days, and I tried tempting them with some seed in my hand, but they just look at it.

Could the change in how the mother treated me and them be the cause of why they are so different from the previous clutches, or is it just one of those things where this clutch just didn't respond to my usual methods?

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Old 05-20-2015, 03:37 AM
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The fact that the mother didn't fuss at all while you handled the chicks is in fact a good thing and that is not linked to the way the chicks are behaving now.
Over the years, I've had a few hens who complained a bit but would still cooperate when I wanted to check on their chicks/eggs and I've also had tamed hens who fully trusted me with their chicks and let me check the nest without any trouble whatsoever.
I have never noticed a difference with my clutches. Even within just one clutch there are chicks who are braver and more curious and do well during socialization and basic taming while others are more naturally shy and not as receptive to taming.
Maybe your chicks just turned out with the more shy personality.
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