I am a newly adopted Budgie Mother of 5. (2 male & 3 female) When I took the birds in "Mama" was sitting on a clutch of 5 eggs in a coconut hut. The woman didn't know how log she had been sitting on them so I left them undisturbed. This morning I noticed extra chirps coming from the nest, but none of the eggs have hatched just yet. This is exciting but also very scary for me because I only know about breeding from what I have researched recently. From what I have read, the coconut hut may be too small. Should I get a nesting box and move the eggs? How long should I wait to remove the nesting box/Hut to discourage mating?
I recognize that you "inherited" the problem with regard to the fact that two of the budgies have bred, have done so in a colony setting and in an inappropriate nesting site. I'm sorry that is the case.
It is not good that the female has a nest in a coconut hut.
It sounds as though the babies are getting ready to hatch if you are hearing additional "peeps".
How many eggs are there?
Are you certain the birds are not related?
What specific diet do you have them on at this time?
What are you planning to do with any offspring?
Do you have an Avian Vet?
Do you know how to properly hand feed a chick should something unforeseen happen?
I recommend you get a a proper nest box.
I want to consult one of our breeding experts on whether you should move the eggs to a nest box now or wait until they have hatched...
When the time comes:
Wash your hands very carefully and ensure they are warm.
Pick them up as gently as possible
Place them in the nest box concave with the proper bedding (One of the following can be used for bedding: aspen shavings (not dust), unscented pine shavings (not dust) or Carefresh bedding.)
The female and whichever male she has mated with need to be separated from the other budgies.
I recommend you move the other budgies into a flight cage and leave the mated pair with the new nest box in the current cage.
How large is the current cage where the 5 budgies have been living?
I would recommend getting a Prevue Hendryx F050
The F050 is 37” Long x 23” wide x 48” High (interior) 40,848 cubic inches
60 inch height including the stand
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It's too bad that the previous owner was unaware that coconut huts should not be in a budgie's cage, let alone be allowed to nest in one. But thank you for taking on these birds and giving them the best care.
As mentiond by Faery, you should separate the three birds that are not the parents. Keep the parents in the current cage and buy a new nesting box as soon as you can.
Make sure it is a model that you can mount on the OUTSIDE of the cage, as it will need to be cleaned daily.
I would wait until at least two chicks have hatched before moving them and the remaining eggs into the new nest box. You want to have lots of baby noises to draw momma bird in.
Do you have any experience in hand feeding chicks?
I am currently feeding the birds what the previous owner gave me. ( Kaytee Supreme Parakeet Food) I am giving them about 2 tsp per bird. I am also introducing them to fresh vegetables every day, and change the water throughout the day. They seem to like broccoli and carrots the most. I am giving them fruit about 3x per week( they enjoyed raspberries yesterday). They also have a mineral block and cuttlebone.
I was hoping to keep the offspring, but with the possibility of 10 birds, could I eventually keep them all in the same cage?
We have not gone to the avian vet yet, but there is one close to where I live.
The "Dad" needs to stay with the "Mom" as he will be responsible for helping to care for the babies and should also be helping care for the Mom as she incubates the eggs. Don't worry about the fact that he is "bonded" with one of the other females.
When you move the three non-parental birds out of the current cage, I'd suggest you put it in a different room for the time being. You can play music in that room to keep those birds calm and to help with any "flock calling" that may take place.
By the way, when the chicks reach about 3 1/2 weeks old, you will remove the Mom from their cage and the Dad will continue to feed and care for them until they are fully weaned.
If you keep all the chicks then with having 10 birds I'd have at least two of the Prevue Hendryx F050 cages so they all have plenty of room.
I have 6 budgies at this time (down from 9) and have two of the F050s for them myself.
Even though my birds are out of the cage for most of the day, I don't want them crowded into a cage when they are in one and they each need to have room to "have their own space".
I also have two lovebirds (in a separate room) and each of them have a Prevue Hendryx F040. (Which are a bit smaller than the F050s)
I'd advise once the babies are big enough to separate your flock with all the girls in one cage and all the boys in the other to help prevent this from happening again.
Great job for not only taking these birds on but also for trying to do the best for them and asking for help!
So I placed the nesting box on the outside of the cage, but neither Mama or Daddy seem to be going inside to care for the babies. I currently have two, and one more cracking out the their shell now. Their crops seem to not ever be filled, but they are moving around the nesting box more than I expected. I am concerned and think that I am going to have to hand feed the new hatchlings.