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How to spot a good mom

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I have a first time mom bird
She seems to be doing it all on her own too so this slightly worries me but she's doing good one egg has already hatched and then she's got one more egg to go
I don't really want to interfere but I'm just wanting all the best
She has been super aggressive and protective of her baby's too and I've put food bowls and water closet to her nesting box
I just want to do good by her and her babys thanks
 

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She seems to be doing it all on her own too so this slightly worries me
Is the male not involved?

It is good you brought the food and water closer for her.
 

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He's there and seems to be keeping in on her and looking out for her but he's not really feeding her or anything shes doing it all for herself
 

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I´ll tage some budgie breeders for you (so they get an alert for your thread when they log in next);
@PoukieBear @Budgiebonkers
 

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Thanks for that one zara
 

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How old is the baby(s)? Are you feeding the mom hard-boiled eggs? (I read something that you were supposed to otherwise she'll eat her baby? ) @PoukieBear ?
 

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(I read something that you were supposed to otherwise she'll eat her baby? )
I do not know where you saw that but it is not true.

You can offer a little boiled egg to the parents for a calcium boost, but if they are on a good diet anyway, it is just optional.
 

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First time parents don't always get things right... and if they can't figure it out on their own, it sometimes helps to have them around an experienced pair.

She may be over-protective of the chicks, and that could change as they grow older. That is, in a week or two, she may allow her mate to start feeding them as well. The older they get, the harder it will be to keep all of them fed without extra help.


I would say an important thing is to make sure you are feeding the parents a healthy, varied diet. Even if they are picky eaters, continue feeding a varied diet!
 

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I do not know where you saw that but it is not true.

You can offer a little boiled egg to the parents for a calcium boost, but if they are on a good diet anyway, it is just optional.
Haha, thanks for clarifying.
 

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First time parents don't always get things right... and if they can't figure it out on their own, it sometimes helps to have them around an experienced pair.

She may be over-protective of the chicks, and that could change as they grow older. That is, in a week or two, she may allow her mate to start feeding them as well. The older they get, the harder it will be to keep all of them fed without extra help.


I would say an important thing is to make sure you are feeding the parents a healthy, varied diet. Even if they are picky eaters, continue feeding a varied diet!
They are getting a optional diet of lots of chop
Pellets and fesh food and grinded pellets in wet mix to make it easy for mum
And she has got breeding aid so no lack of calcium
 

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First time parents don't always get things right... and if they can't figure it out on their own, it sometimes helps to have them around an experienced pair.

She may be over-protective of the chicks, and that could change as they grow older. That is, in a week or two, she may allow her mate to start feeding them as well. The older they get, the harder it will be to keep all of them fed without extra help.


I would say an important thing is to make sure you are feeding the parents a healthy, varied diet. Even if they are picky eaters, continue feeding a varied diet!
Sadly I don't have an experienced pair ?
 

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UPDATE
I HAVE TAKEN ONE OF HER HATCHED AS SHE WAS LEAVING THEM IN THE NEST AND THEY WERE GETTING COLD SO I MADE THE HARD CHOICE TO TAKE HER BABY
JELLYBEAN HAS GOT A FULL TUMMY NOW AND IN THE BROODER
 

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Hopefully the little one makes it! It's tough taking them at a really young age.

If you don't have an experienced pair, and you want to keep breeding the pair you have, you may need to consider looking for an experienced pair. Otherwise, keep allowing them to breed but understand you may need to intervene if they don't get things 'right'.
 

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Hopefully the little one makes it! It's tough taking them at a really young age.

If you don't have an experienced pair, and you want to keep breeding the pair you have, you may need to consider looking for an experienced pair. Otherwise, keep allowing them to breed but understand you may need to intervene if they don't get things 'right'.
She won't be breeding again thats for sure its not fair on her babys I would love to rear the babys and everything I love babys but not fair on her mental state aswell
 

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NOW AND IN THE BROODER
Be sure it´s lined with aspen or coarse pine shavings, a good 4-5 inches, press down, then make a little dip near a corner to put the chick in.
Keep eye on temp, 1-day-old chicks need 99F temp in their brooder, that temp goes down one degree farenheit per day.
Be sure you are mixing formula as per package instructions, chicks that are under one week old need their formula altered daily - there should be a little chart in the formula package, if not I have all the instructions for most of the popular brands listed on this thread;
 

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Be sure it´s lined with aspen or coarse pine shavings, a good 4-5 inches, press down, then make a little dip near a corner to put the chick in.
Keep eye on temp, 1-day-old chicks need 99F temp in their brooder, that temp goes down one degree farenheit per day.
Be sure you are mixing formula as per package instructions, chicks that are under one week old need their formula altered daily - there should be a little chart in the formula package, if not I have all the instructions for most of the popular brands listed on this thread;
Thanks zara ours formula dosent have the instructions

We are off to get some pine tomorrow as I have none at home
 

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You can use shredded paper temporarily, but it´s not the best solution long term.

What brand of formula is it?
 
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