After looking back at some dates to estimate the hatching of the baby, I've noticed that my currently 13-day-old budgie that I've had to hand-rear since the 27th (due to unfortunate circumstances with mother) is almost definitely stunted in growth. They still look as though they are a 7-day-old. Their growth has accelerated since I started feeding them, so was this possibly the result of the mother bird not taking good care of them while she was around? The baby eats well and is quite active, they just aren't as feathered as they should. Is this something I should be concerned about?
I haven't gotten to talk to the avian vet near me yet, in case anyone was wondering.
Below are two pictures of the baby- one after feeding and another while I was holding it.
Last edited by PumpkinBird2008; 09-30-2019 at 10:20 PM.
Reason: Added pictures.
Thank goodness! Still going to check with the avian vet soon, but, now that I think of it I don't recall the mother chick being a bad parent. The mother was very small when she was growing up and had slow growth, I remember this because she was from the first budgies I successfully bred from a pair a long while ago. Could growth rate be effected by genetics by any chance?
Also, when I check with the avian vet, do I bring the chick with or is it a call on the phone?