Hello Anna! Indeed, sometimes it happens that from the fertilized eggs of the budgerigars not a single chick is hatched or only a part is hatched, the rest die in embryonic development. This can happen for many reasons: due to contamination of the eggshell, due to improper manufacture of the nest box (a shallow depression in the bottom. And the eggs roll out), due to the fact that the female is very shy, etc.
Honestly, I don’t even know how to behave better in this situation so as not to harm the chick. Despite the fact that budgies, unlike most other types of parrots, tolerate the invasion quite calmly, the female living with you, apparently, does not belong to such calm individuals. And if now you intervene and begin to lay the litter under the only hatched chick, it can either stop flying into the nest, or even peck the chick or throw it out of the nest. It is strange that the chick was able to hatch at all. But, I think, if the female does not change her behavior and does not begin to care for him, then the fate of this chick is sad. After all, the hatched chicks of the budgerigar are blind and almost naked. The chick is absolutely helpless, at first it is not even able to raise its head, therefore the female usually feeds him lying on his back, and during this period practically does not leave the nest, warming the babies. Freshly hatched chicks receive food in the first days of their life from a female’s goiter milk, which is formed in the muscular ventricle and is a mixture of protein-rich goiter milk with the smallest particles of food.
What can I advise here? If you had another pair of parrots with your clutch, then the chick could be transferred to them, so that they looked after someone else’s chick. You can, of course, try to somehow feed the baby without a female, but I’m afraid it’s rather difficult, and I don’t know if there will be a positive result.
Experts advise using the following method. Dilute baby food (the mixture should be relatively liquid) and warm it to 35–37 ° C. Then take the chick in his hand, put it on the back, put a small brush in the prepared mixture and bring a drop hanging from the end of the brush to the side of the budgie’s beak. If the chick is not very weak, he will swallow a drop of food. Feed the chicks until completely saturated, every 2 hours (and at night too).
From 10-12 days of age, the chicks can be fed semi-liquid oatmeal cooked from the Baby formula.
Unfortunately, this method can only be used as a temporary solution to the problem: infant formula is designed for the needs of the child, not the chick, and the latter is not recommended to be fed with such food for more than 2-3 days.
There is another method of artificially feeding small-sized parrot chicks. For feeding, you will need disposable insulin syringes. In a syringe, type 1 part of amine (a solution of amino acids with electrolytes, glucose and B vitamins), 1 part of baby food, 2 parts of a decoction of millet and 1 part of an oat decoction.
It is recommended that the nutrient mixture be prepared immediately before each feeding, heated to a temperature of 36–37 ° C in a baby bottle heater and, using a flexible (rubber or plastic) cannula with a round head, injected directly into the chick. If this liquid mucus is dripped into his mouth, the chick may choke and suffocate.
From the 7th day of life, chicks can be fed every 3 hours and only from 6–7 to 22 hours. From day to day, the nutritional dose must be increased and, in addition, infant cereal mixture should be added to it.
In addition to good nutrition, it is necessary to create an optimal temperature regime for non-feathered chicks left without parental care. A breeder who has undertaken to feed budgerigar chicks should be aware that the temperature in the nesting area should be around 35 ° C.
In order to maintain the necessary humidity (about 60%) inside an artificial hollow from flower pots, the nesting area should be periodically sprayed with clean (preferably boiled or filtered) water.
You can create the necessary temperature conditions with the help of two clay flower pots. At the bottom of one of the pots should lay more paper and place the chicks in it. Cover the resulting nest on top with another pot, in which to pre-beat off a piece of the edge in such a way as to make a collar-like opening.
The entire structure should be covered from above with an heating pad with a temperature regulator. Put a thermometer in the open hole, which will show the temperature inside the artificial hollow.
Budgerigars that have reached the age of 14 days are already much easier to feed. Milk porridge should be added to the usual food of parrots (millet should be crushed). Starting from the 20-21st day of life, chicks can be transplanted into a cage or a small cage and begin to train to take food from a long spoon, inserted through a grid or an open door.
Spoon chick feeding
Some lovers deliberately excommunicate a chick aged 3-4 weeks from their parents in order to obtain a completely manual, fully human-oriented ward. By the age of 3-4 weeks, the small parrot fledgling, and it no longer needs additional heat: in a cage with a chick it is enough to maintain a temperature of about 30 ° C. 3-week-old chick can already take food from a spoon. However, it is advisable for an amateur who has prematurely excommunicated the budgie from the nest to have an insulin syringe with a soft cannula ready, because it takes several days to train a pet to take food from a spoon.