Budgie Chicks

Chicks sometimes wait 24 hours until chirping for food. This is because the nutrients from the egg yolk are keeping them satisfied post-egg. If, however, there is no sign of feeding after the first day, you will have to transfer the chick to another chick-rearing hen, or begin the delicate process of hand-rearing (see Feeding Budgie Chicks, below).

The cock will feed the hen while she’s sitting, and the feeding of the chicks is down to her, until they leave the nest at five to six weeks old. The cock may then join in the chick-feeding, but often the hen will do the weaning single-handedly.

Once the chicks have all hatched, droppings will start to accumulate rapidly. You need to clean out the nest box at least once a week, with clean hands. Remove as much of the soiled wood shavings as you can, but don’t shove the chicks around too much as you endeavour to clean their nest. If older chicks develop dirty feet, clean them as described in Cleaning Budgie Feet, above.

The chicks should not be handled before they are two weeks old. After this, however, you can gently lift them from the nest when you're cleaning it. They will still need handling with care, as all baby birds are very fragile. Don't worry about the parent bird panicking and abandoning their chick after handling - this very rarely happens with captive budgerigars.

If you start handling the budgies at two weeks old, they will be relatively hand-tame by the time they fledge. This will make it easy to finger-train them in later life.

A two-day-old budgie chick

Budgie second clutch

After the chicks have been weaned, the budgie pair will usually go for a second round of mating and egg-laying. This second clutch should be fine - as long as you have room for it. However, the birds often have an urge for yet another clutch of eggs after that. This is not a good idea, as the female will be exhausted by then, and may die on the nest. Remove the nestbox and other mating stimulations, and separate the pair for a few weeks.

five week old budgie
A five-week-old budgie

If your budgies have had two clutches during the season, you should also keep them egg-free for a whole year if you want them to be fully fit for breeding again.

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Karen, 1 August 2019

I have had my Male Parakeet and Female for 2 years. She recently hatched a chick. Everything has been going well for the past 3 weeks until yesterday. I noticed that my Female Parakeet was being very mean and aggressive toward my Male Parakeet. This morning when I uncovered them they were fine and getting along. When I got home from work, my Male Parakeet was Lying at the bottom of their cage dead. I’m still in shock as I never saw this coming! I’m heartbroken that she killed him. There is blood all over her feathers on her face. Does anyone know why this would have happened? I’m devastated! Now I’m afraid she might try nd him her baby. Please help

Rishikesh, 16 July 2019

My first budgie clutch hatched today and female is now doing good but male is not bother when she comes to eat he try to mate with her can anybody help me why is this happening?

Daphne, 13 June 2019

I have 6 budgies in the cage and the mom just laid another 3 eggs. I was told I could remove the eggs to prevent overcrowding. Is this correct?

Kate, 7 March 2019

My first budgie hatched 5 days ago and the second egg hatched yesterday. The hen was very attentive and stayed in the nest almost constantly. While researching, I became concerned that it might be too cold. I moved them to a much warmer room with a space heater. The heater is not directly pointed at the cage or nesting box. The cage is elevated, so the space heater is below it and just generally keeping the room warm at about 90 degrees. At the same time I made this change, I peaked in at the babies a few times. I know they are fragile, so no handling. But it was a new room and it is warmer. After these changes, the hen is not sitting in the nesting box nearly as much. I checked on them several times last night through this morning, and she was never in the box. I was torn between leaving them alone so she would be more comfortable, but if she’s not caring for them, I don’t want to ignore them and find dead babies. This morning, the cock was in the nest twice and finally the hen was in there. I went to work confident but she was out of the box again when I came home. I really don’t know what is normal, so maybe it is normal to sit on them less if it is warm. How do I identify an issue BEFORE my babies are sick and weak?

David, 20 February 2019

I've had a male budgie for 1 year. 1 day ago i bought a female budgie that was pregnant...i think male budgie don't like his new frend... And i've just found out that female lay egg on the flour of cage ,in the dark room...so i think she dont even know that she is mom.....what shold i do???

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