my name is tony and i am new to this site. i own 7 budgies. 2 have paired up and laid a clutch. i determined the pair and put them in a separate cage. 4 eggs were laid and one has hatched. that was roughly 2 weeks ago. they took up in a hollowed out small log. i have recently transferred the nest into a larger brooding box with a level surface and more room to grow, however i havent seen the mom go back in. she stepped up to my finger and i showed her the hole and she went in, she then came out and hasnt gone back in. i'm worried about the chicks health. i'm worried i messed up, i wore gloves and put the same nesting material in the box. it is being fed by mommy, well it was. i only moved the brooding box in a few hours ago. my question is should i take up hand feeding? or should i wait to see if mom goes back in in the morning? its my first baby. they have a proper diet, fresh veggies mixed with seed and egg honey protein.
Yes, you need ensure you are feeding the chick.
If the Mom takes back over, that's great - if not then you'll need to be feeding it on a regular and consistent schedule to make sure it survives.
If either the Mom or the Dad begin feeding it again, you may still need to be giving it supplemental feedings to ensure it is getting enough nutrition.
Is the Dad feeding the baby at all?
Generally the Dad will take over the feeding after the babies reach a certain age.
The nest box needs to have a concave bottom - not a flat surface so the baby doesn't end up with splayed legs.
It sounds as though this mating took place in a colony setting initially. The forum never recommends colony breeding due to the inherent risks and dangers.
I'd suggest you separate your males from your females so you don't end up with more unexpected clutches.
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These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
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You've been given great advice above by FaeryBee and I can't add anything more to it!
Be sure to also read through all the links provided above to ensure you're up to date on the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after doing so, please do ask as we'd be more than happy to help.
Best wishes with the chicks! We hope to stay updated on how they are doing, and meet your budgies soon!
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