Hello everyone. New member here. I have lurked here for a week or so and planned to observe for a bit more, but I am forced to ask for some advice.
We have two chicks who are the only survivors out of a clutch of 7. Three eggs were duds, and two other chicks had died after a few days.
We have a nesting box, a heat source, and the hen has been diligent in feeding and caring for the chicks. The male seemed to play his part too. Everything was going well. The chicks are about 18 and 14 days old.
Within the last two days the hen has been very aggressive toward the male, more so when he enters the nexting box. The male now has a bite over his right eye, (we have antibiotics and cream for him), and his behavior toward the hen has become much more timid; to the point of us keeping the two in different cages. This change has been sudden.
Needles to say, this is stressful for both birds and we would like to correct the problem.
Has anyone seen this behavior before? What can we do about the behavior?
Please put the male in with the chicks and remove the female as soon as possible to avoid any further injuries.
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Deborah...thanks for the quick reply. My wife and I are putting the hen in a separate cage and returning the male to the chicks as I type.
The timeline of 3-4 weeks matches what we see happening.
Never thought about her attacking the chicks.....so much to learn for their safety.
We do want to avoid another breeding cycle so that advice is much appreciated too.
I agree with Deborah and I'm so glad you were able to separate the hen and the male/chicks. I'm hoping everything goes smoothly! Please keep us posted and we'd love to see pictures of the chicks and your other birds when you get a chance!
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Deborah has given you the best advice possible and it sound's like you have the situation under control. Keep an eye on the male bird in case his injury is more severe than apparent. Being injured and taking anti B's while trying to care for chick's is going to be stressful for him. Keep us posted.
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Momma bird is not happy, but we keep the daddy/chicks side of her cage covered now and she has settled down. Different cage set up will follow tomorrow or Tuesday. Not seeing any type of nest building. She is eating and drinking and interacting a little with our cockatiels.
Daddy bird has been fantastic! Feeding and keeping watch over the chicks like never before. His wound seems to be healing ok and doesn't seem to bother him. Even after two doses of meds he will still step up and let us handle him.
The oldest chick almost climbed out into the main cage today.....daddy climbed down and 'persuaded' him/her to get back into the nesting box.
That is excellent news!
Thanks for giving us the update.
I'm SO glad to hear the Daddy Bird's wound doesn't seem to be bothering him.
It sounds like he is going to be a really good role model for the chicks. They get most of their "budgie socialization" from their Dad.
We'd love to see some pictures if you can get any at some point in time.
Great to read all is well in your home with your budgies. Breeding and raising chicks isn't as simple as some people seem to think . I am happy your situation has worked out for the better. looking forward to seeing some chick pictures soon
Update....mommy is still unhappy, daddy is healing nicely and the chicks are doing well. The oldest is just about able to climb out of the nesting box and I think we are going to keep the two chicks for ourselves.
This is my only thread so far and just wanted to thank everyone for their input.
Work is getting hectic....but I will be around as much as I can.