Introduction - Lucifer and Frostbite's First Clutch
Hi, I live in Queensland Australia and currently have 2 very cute budgies, frostbite and Lucifer, 2 newly hatched chicks and 6 eggs. I've had frostbite (white boy) since end 2014 early 2015 and Lucifer (lutino girl) since end 2015 early 2016.
Frostbite and Lucifers first clutch. Few questions
So I've had frostbite (male) since 2015 and Lucifer (female) since 2016. A few weeks ago, for the first time ever, we started finding eggs on the bottom of the cage (2 to be exact) before laying the remaining 8 eggs in the nest box.
We hadn't been seeing much of Lucifer, except for her quick poops and drink of water, and we'd also find frostbite had disappeared the majority of the time also....
Anyway, fast forward to lunch time sun 11/08/19 we hear this unusual faint sound coming from the nest box so we checked it and there was two tiny little pink chicks, both with full crops, that hatched that day.
Mum is always on her eggs and seems to be doing a great job... from what I've been reading anyway.
Every time these little peeps can be heard, frostbite races into the nest box to check out what is happening.
But today we had a look inside and it appeared like the dad was trying to feed one? So my questions are;
Is he trying to feed the little one or is he being aggressive?
Is this normal?
The forums I've been reading all mention that only the mum feeds them the first few weeks, so I'm a bit confused.
I Am unable to upload a video so I've attached an image from the video and one of the bubs at approx 24hr old. Mum is yellow and dad is the white one.
Hi! to the forum!
Your budgies are very cute, I can't wait to see the chicks growing up.
However, you should know that it is not recommended to breed budgies who are more than four years old.
You said that you have owned Frostibite for four/five years and Lucifer for three/four years, so he is definitely too old to be bred and she might be too.
I suggest you not to breed them again in the future.
This is their first and only clutch. I had been doing a lot of research on it, and don't plan to breed them again. Had been trying to breed them for the past year, and this was the last time I was going to put the nestbox in with them. They must have known.
Also, There's now 4 little cuties. There's still 4 eggs remaining, we aren't sure how many are fertile as we didn't want to disturb the nest.
We do have hand rearing formula and equipment on hand in case we do need to help them out. The dad seems to be trying to feed them as well, which I thought was weird as everything is read states the mum is solely responsible for feeding in the first few weeks.
Since this is the Dad's first clutch, he is new to the whole "helping out with the babies" routine. It does not sound as if he is being the least bit aggressive with them but is only trying to help care for them.
I would suggest you review all of the articles in the forum regarding Breeding Budgies:
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