I have two babies that are 24 and 22 days old. The 24 day baby is doing really well, already started foraging for food and seeds, happily drinking water all by herself and very vocal! Haha. She's a beauty.
However the 22 day old baby is quite the opposite. He doesn't eat a lot (I am feeding him EMP Soft Egg food, and have tried many options i.e. spoon, syringe, even just on my hand... but he is simply not interested). He shows no interest in water either, sleeps all day and occasionally makes a very small peeping noise. His poos have turned quite watery today... They left the next box 2 and a half days ago so last night was only their second night with me.
I'm just a bit concerned that the little boy isn't eating anything? I would be heartbroken if he were to die. Does this sound like a stressed/upset budgie to you and he just needs time or do you think it's something more?
Hello, I was wondering why have you actually got the two chicks and hand feeding ? was there an accident with the parents? Did they start to show signs of endangering the chicks ?
The best possible place is back in the nest with the parents, The dad would of been taking care of them at this stage, they need to learn some very important lessons from their parents before they leave the nest completely.
Ok if it was an absolute necessity to pull the chicks then he needs to be fed hand rearing formula and it has to be exactly the right temperature or he won't eat it.
It is not easy to get a chick that old to eat, he sounds as though he is quite weak.
Are they in a warm enclosed brooder ? There are many things that could be affecting him, He needs to be in with his parents for the best chance of survival I feel.
Thanks for the super quick reply. They are lovely and warm in their nursery box... This mother wasn't coping well with all of them no, but my mum has just been in and said that one of the other chicks died during the night (in the avairy with the parents, we think it tried to fledge). The main reason we took them away is because she wasn't coping that well but since taking these two out she was doing much better.
I think that as there is a bit more space in the nest box again I might put him back in there. Like I say the older girl is fine, not phased by anything and more than happy to have her own space. I will keep an eye on him after putting him back in and see what happens.
Thanks again for the help, I will keep everyone updated and will get some pictures of the oldest too
Emily, are the budgies in an aviary with other budgies? If you want to raise strong healthy babies you need to have the pairs in a separate cage with their own nest box so they don't stress about other hens attacking and taking the nest for themselves.
Is it her first clutch? The dad is the one that should be feeding the chicks at this stage not the hen. I hope all goes well .
They are in with other budgies, we have 2 males, Bear and Mr Blue, who are a little pair together. They absolutely adore each other. Then we've got Mumma Blue and Evil, who have a clutch on the go too. Then there's Mumma Grey and Mr Green (the parents of these chicks). Incidentally, I have been longer replying to this because our only hen that didn't have a partner just made a break for it when mum went into the aviary. She flew right out :'( I haven't stopped crying! I put the little boy back in with his parents and they fed him immediately, he's stopped making noise and seems much happier.
Thank you so very much for your advice.
I am glad he is back with his parents , let's hope he continues to grow strong and healthy. Don't give up on catching the hen that escaped she might come back to the flock when she hears them hopefully.