Breeding budgies can be successfully done at home. Budgerigars, unlike other birds, quite calmly tolerate human intervention in this process. When breeding these birds, it is important to follow certain rules for caring for chicks.
Waiting for offspring
Check the nest (nest box) of budgies at least 2-3 times a week, so as not to miss the time of appearance of the first chicks. Chicks usually hatch from the shell on the 17-18th day after masonry eggs. During hatching from eggs, some chicks die due to their non-viability, which means that they must be removed from the nest in a timely manner.
During the period of feeding the chicks, introduce birds into the diet healthy green fodder – asterisk and dandelion leaves. Optimal for birds is the daily use of these feeds, as well as sprouted grain, which contributes to the formation of goiter milk in the female, indispensable for feeding and caring for chicks of budgerigars.
When the kids are two weeks old, swipe cleaning the nest box, removing garbage and unfertilized eggs from it – this is an obligatory part of caring for chicks of budgies. To do this, temporarily move the chicks from the nesting box to a box or cardboard box.
Carefully inspect every chick. Mud can stick to their legs, dry clods of which interfere with the normal development of the limbs. In this case, urgently need to lower the legs of the chick in warm water and let the mud soak.
At the bottom of a clean nesting place fresh birch sawdust, gently lay eggs on them, plant the chicks and put the nest box in its original place. All hygiene measures for the care of chicks need to be carried out as fast as possible, so as not to overcool masonry and chicks. It is optimal to have several nests, but if this is not possible, be sure to change the sawdust in the nest every week.
Caring for chicks includes their proper feeding. Immediately after the appearance of the chicks from the eggs during the first days of their life, the female feeds them goiter milk. It’s optimal for grown-up chicks as food softened grain, with which the female feeds chicks from goiter.
Caring for chicks involves watching mass changes their bodies. The weight of the newly hatched chick is about 1 g. The most active increase in body weight is observed in chicks of budgerigars in the first 2 days of life. At this time, their weight increases by an average of 200%.
At the age of 23 days, the chicks reach maximum mass. Then their weight gradually begins to decrease due to the energetic movements that the chicks make, as if training before the first independent departure from the nest.
Departure of chicks
Kids begin to fly out of the nest on average on the 35th day. Having flown, they return to the nest, in which they can be left with their parents for another 14 days. Then need transplant budgerigar chicks in a special flying cage, where they can fly freely, reaching puberty.
Carefully check the nest after all the chicks fly out of it. Often in it you can find a new masonry. Wipe the eggs stained with droppings gently with damp cotton and transfer them to a clean nest