Some scientists believe that parrots lived another 5,000,000 years ago! At the same time, evolution practically did not affect them. These birds can learn the pronunciation of sounds, see the world in color, know how to turn their heads 180 °, and also quickly become attached to a person and become his real friends – for which many people fell in love. Raising parrots is not such a difficult process, but it requires patience and certain knowledge. Let’s consider in the article how to properly care for chicks of budgerigars, whether they need to be fed and how to feed a chick of a budgie.
When chicks appear
If you decide to breed budgerigars, then know that situations can be different. Yes, as a rule, the female budgerigar selflessly hatches eggs and feeds the hatched chicks. But there are times when a female refuses to do this for some reason, perhaps she is not ready yet. Here, without human help, the chicks simply cannot survive.
The female lays eggs every day or every other day. With the same interval, hatching occurs.
Getting out, the chick breaks a thin shell with its beak, but he can do it under one condition – he must have an egg tooth on the top of the beak. If the embryo developed correctly and received the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals, then problems with this should not arise. If the egg tooth is missing or insufficiently formed, then his mother will help the chick get out. With a precise and strong blow, the female breaks through the shell and helps the baby to be born.
In the case when the female is not enough calcium, she can eat the shell of eggs. Therefore, during this period, make sure that the mineral mixture in the required quantities is in the cell, additionally crush chalk or calcium gluconate tablets.
In the process of hatching budgerigars, people should pay attention to the humidity in the room. The optimum humidity is about 65%, lower rates can help the inner film to stick to the chick and it will be difficult to remove it, since the baby is still weak.
The weight of the baby after birth – 1-2 g. However, after a couple of days, the weight may increase to 5 or more grams. They are born naked, blind, with a large head and a long neck.
Interestingly, the development of the budgerigar is rapidly. Toddlers chicks quickly gain weight and in a month completely resemble adults, the only difference is in size.
After about 5 days, the chicks lose their egg tooth. And if until this time the kids were constantly in a supine position, then without a tooth they can now raise their heads. The neck muscles are strengthened, and the parrots are already holding their heads in weight.
At a weekly age, they try to open their eyes and sit down. After a ten-day period, the gaze of the birds becomes more meaningful.
2 weeks after birth, the first hemp feathers on the nape and wings appear in birds. After another week, you can determine the coloring of the baby, the tail and wings increase in size.
At the age of one month, the chick is fully fledged. In a month and a half he tries to fly himself.
We can conclude that the first month or two chicks of wavy develop quickly enough and this is an important period in strengthening their body. At this moment, the person should be careful and in time to help the birds, if something goes wrong.
What help can people give their pets? He must take care of a full and balanced diet of birds, conduct hygiene procedures in a cage and nest in a timely manner, maintain the desired temperature and humidity level in the room where the birds are located, avoid sharp sounds and loud noise.
Rules for feeding chicks
The female carries out feeding of chicks of budgies with the help of goiter milk. For its productive production, the bird needs to receive sufficient quantities of germinated grain, as well as protein in the form of a boiled egg, fresh vegetables and herbs.
After a couple of days (3-4 days) of such feeding, goiter milk is diluted with other food, also digested in the goiter. The female begins to feed the senior chicks first, since the processed grain is located in the upper part of the goiter, and only after – the youngest chicks with milk, which is located in the lower part of the goiter.
What does the male do at this time? He takes care of mom and her babies. For example, there are situations when a female cannot make such large reserves of grain and process them, and then the male connects. This happens when the masonry is large. He can also feed chicks overcooked food from his goiter.
When the babies grow up and leave the nest (a month after birth), only the dad takes care of them, and the female, by her nature, begins to prepare for the next laying. But a caring owner who cares about the health of his pets, of course, will not allow her to do this.
Owners of birds often wonder whether to feed chicks of budgies and what. If the female and male cope with their duties and feed the babies in a timely manner, then they do not need to be fed. But in some cases, serious problems may arise that can subsequently be resolved only by human intervention. It:
- Female refuses to feed babies.
- Both parents (or one) behave aggressively towards the chicks – peck them, pluck them, hammer them.
- Some birds get sick and the rest need to be isolated.
- The chick himself does not eat, perhaps his swallowing reflex is not sufficiently developed.
- The male and female died or became seriously ill.
In order not to miss this moment, the owner needs to be attentive to the birds and often look into the nest.
Professional breeders advise in these situations to plant chicks on another pair, of course, if you have one. If only the female has problems, then it is possible to shift the care of the babies to the father, and isolate the female.
If these actions did not lead to the desired result, then you must proceed to the following order of events:
- Find a small box, cover it with a soft cloth, or sprinkle enough sawdust.
- Transfer the chicks to the box.
- Prepare a kit for artificial feeding. A 5 ml syringe (without a needle), a flexible tube (about 2.5 mm in diameter) will come in handy. The tube goes to the baby’s goiter.
- Start feeding the chicks. Feeding schedule: during the day – every 2 hours, at night – every 4 hours.
Using a syringe and a tube, you can feed parrots up to 20 days. After you can use a small spoon, and the feeding itself to perform 4 times a day.
It should be noted that the time interval is approximate and should not be kept if you see that the chicks are hungry. How to understand this? They will squeak a lot. In this case, the feeding schedule needs to be shifted or the diet should be reviewed, if this is observed quite often.
From about 35 days after birth, the chicks can be fed with high-quality grain 3 times a day.
- Highly boiled buckwheat, pea, oatmeal. At the end of cooking, it will be possible to add carrot or beet juice to it.
- A decoction of oats or millet.
- Pre-refined malt from sprouted grains. You can add chopped boiled egg to it.
When the chick learns to fly, at least in the cage, then you can switch to dry food.
When can I plant chicks? When they begin to eat on their own and learn to fly. At the same time, chicks can remain in the same cage with their parents if they are not opposed and do not behave hostilely towards their children.
Why do chicks die?
The most common reason is genetic disorders that we cannot afford. If this happens often, and you cannot get offspring from this couple, then it is recommended to change the partner.
What else can cause the death of babies:
- Food shortage.
- The female refuses to feed the chicks, and the owner noticed this late and did not have time to leave the chicks.
- The chicks do not have enough heat. Watch the temperature!
- If a person without gloves often touches the babies, then the female can peck and pinch them.
- If the chick leaves the nest early, one of the parents can kill him.
- The female is in a hurry to make a new clutch and is trying to get rid of the babies.
- The female is still quite young and not agile, so she can accidentally crush the chicks.
In fact, caring for the chicks is not so difficult. Look in time at the nest and do not miss the moment when the birds need your help.