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Old 06-29-2015, 11:09 PM
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Hi bird lovers!
One my acquaintance is in terrible pinch and desperate for money, so he sold me his two baby budgies. They're siblings from same clutch, and haven't weaned yet. For now let's call them Blue and Yellow.

First day they were scared of me and huddled in the corner of the cage. Feeding them is the hard part. Blue was more cooperative and received the feeding well, although it was still scared of me.

Yellow was absolutely terrified, it kept avoiding me and the feeding syringe. The only way I could feed Yellow is holding it and force the syringe into its mouth. I think I've traumatized the little guy, but I had no choice. Yellow isn't a big eater, as soon as its crop filled, it begins to freak out in my hand. I kinda fear of Yellow's health. I feed both of them 3 times a day, but I can only get Yellow to eat two times, early morning and late evening.

Today is my third day with them, and I can see they're opening up a bit to me, especially Blue. I suspect that Blue is male and Yellow is female, based on their behaviour. Today I tried to spoon feeding them, and as usual, only Blue took interest in it while Yellow was in the corner avoiding the spoon.

Any kind of advice of what should I do with Yellow?

Is this the right time to wean them? I want them to accept vegetables and fruit in the future, so what first solid food I should offer to them? Should I introduce seeds first or veggies first?

Also, since they're siblings, if they turn out to be different gender, is it okay to house them together? I noticed that Blue was showing affection to Yellow. There's also some issues with taming and bonding. Should I house them separately or together for the bonding process? Since at this point, Blue seems to be attracted to Yellow, and Yellow seems to be neutral for Blue.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:17 AM
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First of all I'd like to congratulate you on taking in these chicks, looking at the pics I see good and full crops and you are doing an excellent job so far!
They are very young and while the colour on their ceres will suffer a lot of changes as they grow, I do agree with your guesses on gender.
Yellow is definitely a girl and Blue is possibly a boy.

The chicks are at a good age for your to introduce other types of food besides the baby budgie formula. You can start by offering them egg food. You can buy egg food at any specialized pet store or you can make your own by hard boiling an egg and mash it all up, you can also mix in finely chopped up veggies and sprinkle some easy to dehusk seed.
My chicks love and always pick the Niger seed first, so you can put place some on the egg food. Other easy seeds for them to crack open and eat are millet spray, canary seed and flax seed.

For now it's best to keep the siblings together because it is very helpful during the weaning process, the siblings will encourage each other into eating, once one starts to pick on the food, the other will follow suit.

As far as taming goes, you can use the budgie who is most bonded to you, in this case Blue to teach Yellow that you are a friend and part of the flock. They are still very young, so establishing the foundations of trust for a good bond will come naturally with time.

It's perfectly possible to house two siblings of different genders together without the threat of possible matings. As long as you don't give them any nesting sites nor provide them with hiding areas, then chances are high they won't think about raising a family and you shouldn't have problems with unwanted matings resulting in eggs.
It's also okay for them to be bonded to each other, to preen each other and for some food to be exchanged between them.

Best of luck in finishing raising your chicks!
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Congratulations on your new baby budgies, Jenny.
I wish you all the best in raising them and hope they both enjoy a long and happy life with you.

You might want to take a look in this link if you haven't done so yet. You'll find excellent information with regard to hand-feeding and weaning.

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What beautiful little babies, Congratulation's...I'm sure they are going to bring you a lot of joy. Aluz and Deborah have covered your questions well, don't hesitate to ask anymore that may pop up...
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What cute little faces, I agree with all of the above. Keep them together it will help with the weaning and give them warmth and familiarity.
Don't force any more food thought if the crop is full. Offer them some other foods as suggested and good luck with them.
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Blue and Yellow are beautiful I'm so happy you were able to take them in. You've received excellent advice on how to take care of them!
I can't wait to see more of them and watch them grow. If you ever have any questions, you can count on some more expert answers from these guys
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Thank you all for your kind reply.

When I first got them I was scared but as days passed by I think I'm getting the hang of it.
I named the green one Lily. And the blue guy reminds me so much of my deceased Lilo. He's the one who bonds well with me now, likes to nap in my hair, and almost taking my fingernail out. No joking, first time he got out of the cage he flew to my shoulder and camped in my long hair, just like Lilo the 1st. I've done a lot of thinking and decided his name is Lilo the 2nd.

I've told you how difficult it was to feed Lily, and turns out she is bored of baby formula. And she refuses anything resembling liquid at any colour. When I presented a bowl of bird seeds, Lily immediately nibbled on it, and she could eat it. The previous owner expected them to be on solid food 6 days later, four days in my house they're already on seeds. There goes my effort of introducing veggies at young age. At least they're showing interest on oatmeal.

What really surprises me that they're capable of flying already. The previous owner also expected them flying next week, and today they refused to get down from shelf top, 2 hours later I had to use ladder to fetch them.

Are budgies this skilled on flying at this young age? I've done a ton of research and this is never mentioned in any kind of budgie guide I read. Well, I expected them to fumble around with their wings but noooo, at first flap of wings they took off.

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