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First time Mom has 5 eggs.

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my birds i been having almost 1 year now decided to have a family. Mom is sitting on her 5 eggs. Today the father open the door himself and escape. I have another male in the cage with her. So now its just 1 female with her 5 eggs and another male budgie which isnt the dad. Will the other budgie become the step dad? Will he help her with the eggs and the kids? Will the father come back? Will the mom even want her eggs still? Will she give up on them after they hatch? so much questions feel sad for her and myself:(

update father came back. wife pick him up form a tree back in the cage
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You should not have any other birds in the cage with the parents and eggs.
You should not have any other birds in the cage with the parents and eggs.
i had 8 now its 3 .2 male 1 female.. if i leave the 1 male alone in another cage im sure he will die or be super sad .
If you leave any birds other than the parents with the eggs, if the eggs hatch, you run the risk of the chicks being attacked and killed and a lot of aggression between the adult birds.
i had 8 now its 3 .2 male 1 female.. if i leave the 1 male alone in another cage im sure he will die or be super sad .
What happened to the other birds?
i had 8 now its 3 .2 male 1 female.. if i leave the 1 male alone in another cage im sure he will die or be super sad .
This is not true, only the parents must be in the cage with the chicks. All other budgies should be housed seperately. Even if you only have one other male, having him in his own cage in the same room will prevent him from feeling lonely.

Please follow the advice given to ensure the chicks have the best chances possible.
You need to follow the advice given.
You have neither the knowledge nor the experience to have allowed your budgies to breed.
You were specifically told back in January NOT to put anything in the cage that could be used as a nesting site.
An individual needs to have a good background in basic budgie care and then do extensive research into the proper breeding practices prior to making the decision to accept the responsibility of the commitment required for breeding responsibly and ethically.

Remove the "EXTRA" male from the cage with the parents and the eggs.
Not doing so is risking the well-being of all three adults as well as the eggs.

That male will be perfectly fine in a different cage.

You should NOT be allowing any of your budgies to breed in the future.

If you want the budgies to be healthy then you need to follow the following advice.

Are the eggs currently in a proper nest box with a concave bottom?

You will need to check the nest box twice a day as the eggs are hatching.
Check in the morning and afternoon to make sure all is well.

Once all the eggs have hatched, you'll need to start cleaning the nest box.
When the chicks are small, you can do this every few days, then as they grow you'll need to clean it every day, and then likely twice a day once they get really big. (2.5-3 weeks old).
You want to make sure that you are keeping the nest clean and dry so that no bacteria can grow and harm the chicks.
Use a safe bedding like pine shavings or aspen shavings.
You can find these at any pet store.

When the chicks reach three weeks old, you MUST remove the hen from the cage and leave the chicks in with the father.
This is to keep the hen from double-clutching or becoming aggressive toward the chicks.
The father will care for the chicks until they are fully fledged and weaned.

You can start handling the chicks for short periods of time once they are around 2-2.5 weeks old.
Make sure you wash your hands, and that your hands are not cold.
You can hold each one for about 15 minutes at a time, and as they grow and feather up, you can extend this time little by little.

Once we know the gender of the fully fledged and weaned chicks, you need to separate your budgies into two different cages.
One cage will be only males and the other will be only females.

Domestic budgies are much healthier and happier when they are never bred.

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I second, third and fourth whst FaeryBee said! You said you had 8 birds but are now down to 3. Do you know why the others died and have you done anything to correct issues that brought about those deaths? Do you have an avian vet to bring the chick's to? Watching chick's hatch is an experience you're no doubt looking forward to, but keep foremost in your mind that these are living beings! Your inexperience has already put the chick's that will hatch at a disadvantage. PLEASE, PLEASE follow the advice given to you... and don't let your birds breed again!
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