- Miracle of birth
- Toddler Development
- Natural feeding
- Artificial Feeding
- Important Terms
Their mother takes care of how to feed the budgies of the budgies while they are very young. First, she feeds her babies with goiter milk – secretions from goiter and stomach. Then a grain mixture, pre-stored in goiter. If the female does not want or cannot feed the chicks, then the owner must help and provide them with food. How chicks develop, and what else is necessary for their comfortable living, you will learn from this article.
Miracle of birth
After the female budgerigar laid her eggs, after about sixteen to twenty days the first chick hatch. Since the bird lays eggs a day or every other day one at a time, the difference between the first baby and the last can reach twelve days, or even more (depending on the number of eggs in the laying).
Chicks can break through the shell and get out of the egg if they have enough health and strength. A suitable humidity in the nest also contributes to independent hatching – about sixty-sixty-five percent. In breaking through the shell, they are helped by the so-called egg tooth, located in the upper part of the beak.
If the baby does not have the opportunity to get out himself, then the mother comes to the rescue. She makes a crack in the shell with her beak and helps the chick get out. If the air in the nest is too dry, then the film under the shell immediately adheres to the chick. In this case, only the mother can release him. The female eats part of the remaining after the birth of the offspring of the shell to make up for the lack of calcium in her body.
Looking at any chick, you might think that in front of you is a cold. Indeed, at birth, babies weigh very little: a maximum of one and a half grams. Moreover, this is the weight of the exhibition chick. Newborns of the “ordinary” budgerigar weigh about a gram.
The chicks also have helpless naked bodies with several feathers on their backs, as well as thin legs and necks. On top of that, they are born blind and begin to see after about seven days.
By the way, you can determine what color the pets will be by the shade of the chick down. The light color of the fluff means that the bird will have a light color of plumage. If the fluff is gray, then budgies will have a normal color.
As mentioned above, chicks of the budgerigar are born almost naked and blind. They do not even have the strength to raise a disproportionately large head. About a day, healthy babies should double in weight, but even on the third day of their life, they are still in a lying position.
Somewhere on the sixth day, the chicks lose their egg tooth, which allows them to begin to raise their heads and keep them on their weight. After seven to nine days, the kids begin to open their eyes. Also, they should already be able to sit in an upright position.
Fourteen to fifteen days later, the feathers spread out at the chicks and the first feathers begin to break through in the region of the head and wings. You can determine the color of the baby on the twentieth day of his life. After all, it is at this stage that the trunks of feathers begin to burst.
On the twenty-fourth to twenty-sixth day, healthy young birds should gain maximum weight. At the same time, the plumage, consisting of small feathers, already completely covers the bodies of the chicks. By the thirty days of his life, each parrot is fully fledged, but its wings and tail are still not formed.
When the chicks turn thirty-five days old, they begin to look like adults. But the uncertainty in the movements and the dark shade of the eyes indicate that you are still very little chicks. The first flight attempts, as a sign of independent life, the chicks begin to make at the age of forty days.
You can track changes in the weight of a parrot chick as he grows up in the following table:
Defenseless newborn chicks are completely dependent on their mother. Female budgerigar watches and cares for each baby, despite their number and age difference. The first feeding of the offspring is carried out with goiter milk, which accumulates in the goiter and the muscular stomach of the mother.
Milk should consist not only of mucous secretions, but also of small liquid pieces of food, rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. That is why, during the period of hatching and feeding offspring, the female needs to add grated chicken egg to the main food, seasoned with finely chopped greens (for example, leaves of a young dandelion) and chopped vegetables. Unripe millet, sprouted grain and green oats will also be very welcome.
After three to four days, the mother begins to dilute the goiter milk with an almost digested grain mixture, which it accumulates in her goiter in advance. Gradually, the female completely transfers the older babies to the overcooked grain mixture, and continues to feed the younger chicks with goiter milk.
The male budgerigar is also not sitting idle – he must have time to provide his beloved with everything necessary. After all, the female can leave the nesting place only as a last resort. Basically, she does this in the morning and evening in order to empty her intestines.
If necessary, the male also begins to store the grain mixture in his goiter to help the female feed her offspring. In order for the chicks to develop, the digestive system of their parents must work properly. Only a properly balanced diet contributes to the coordinated work of the gastrointestinal tract of parrots.
After the chicks gain strength and can leave the nest, they pass under the care of the male. The female at this time begins to put off the next clutch, of course, if the owner of the pets does not clean the nesting house. But even in this case, she can do it right at the bottom of the cell.
Sometimes you can’t do without the help of the owner. Artificial feeding is necessary in the following cases:
- the female left the nest forever;
- parental aggression towards offspring;
- in case of sudden quarantine, when it is necessary to remove the sick baby from all the chicks;
- the chick does not want to eat or simply does not know how;
- death of parents;
- parental illness;
- if parents do not cope with the feeding of offspring on their own;
- the female is about to lay down the next clutch, and the chicks have not yet left the nest.
You must constantly monitor the activity in the nesting house in order to have time to help the offspring in an emergency. Indeed, more than twelve hours of fasting, not a single chick can stand it. You can put the kids in another pair, give it to the male, but if all this did not help, then you need to act quickly.
To get started, prepare a cardboard box for the offspring to live. Inside it must be insulated with velvet or sawdust. Having transferred the chicks to their new home, you need to prepare items for self-feeding: a five milliliter syringe without a needle and a small tube two and a half millimeters in diameter made of soft material. The most important thing is that the tube does not have sharp edges, otherwise they will damage the baby’s delicate throat.
Very young chicks are fed every two hours in the daytime. At night – every four hours. Up to twenty days, you will need to feed the chicks with a syringe and a tube, then you can go on feeding with a spoon – four times a day. After thirty to thirty-five days, babies are already fed with grains about three times a day. Remember – hungry birds scream. Try to listen to them, despite the mode.
You can feed the budgies of the budgerigar with the following food:
- NutriBird A 19 mixture according to the instructions;
- Padovan Baby Patee Universelle baby food;
- malt milk (filtered malt from germinated grain with the addition of chicken eggs);
- well-boiled buckwheat or oatmeal porridge with the addition of carrot or beetroot juice.
In order for the chicks to develop properly, in addition to food, they need a suitable humidity for life of at least sixty percent and temperature:
- from birth to four days, thirty-six degrees;
- seven days – thirty-four degrees;
- two weeks – thirty-one degrees;
- three weeks – twenty-four degrees.
After three weeks, the babies are placed in a box where they can already warm each other on their own. You can use brooders – special houses for heating offspring.
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