One of the greatest things with budgies is breeding and having
chicks. It's amazing how small they are when they are newly
hatched. In only 5-6 weeks they are almost the same size as
their parents. Mind you that the photos below are not from
the same clutch, nor the same pairs. I've chosen the best
pictures that I have from different breeding seasons and pairs.
the courtship the cock tries to get the hen's attention.
My cock Nicke was tossing around with the bells in the
cage, picking on the hen and showed her his good flying
skills. During his show the hen seemed totally unconcerned
about his efforts. When the nest box is on place, then
usually both the cock and the hen will investigate it.
My cocks were always the first ones there, trying to lure
the hens to the nest box, to see if she would approve
The cock investigates the nest box first.
|It didn't take that long time before the hen did the
same thing. My hens always used to scream into the nest
box as if they wanted to scare something away before entering
the nest box the first time.
hen lays her eggs every other day, and usually a clutch
contains 4-6 eggs. One of my hens had 8 eggs and all of
them where fertile! This is unusual though. It is only
the hen who will incubate the eggs, the cock will feed
her during that time and later on also the older chicks.
She will only come out from the nest box when she need
to poop and to stretch her legs.
about 18 days of brooding the eggs will hatch, one egg
every other day. Now a tough time begins for the parents,
the babies need food 24 hours a day. The hen is still
in the nest box most of the time, because the babies are
too small to keep warm by them selves.
will be a huge difference in the size of the babies in
the clutch, since they've hatched on different days. On
the photo above the oldest one (up in the left corner)
is almost one week old and the youngest (down in the left
corner) is borne the same day I took the photo. The hen
feeds different consistence on the food depending upon
the chick's age. The younger ones get a more fluent consistence
and the older ones get more seeds in their food. How she
can manage to do this is a mystery.
Newly hatched chick.
When they hatch they are both naked and blind.
nine-day-old chick, its eyes have started to open just
a few days ago. At first very little and then more and
more every day. If you band the chicks, it is a good time
to do it when their eyes start to open. If the foot is
too small and the ring fells off, then try again the next
day. I have banded all my chicks since 1992.
Fifteen days old and covered with down.
A seventeen day old chick.
Three weeks old, it's soon time to leave the nest.
youngsters are exploring around. They are 5-6 weeks old.
When young chicks are out flying the first times they
don't know how to use their wings yet, so it's not unusual
for them to crashland or fly into walls or other things,
but they don't fly that fast so they don't use to hurt
themselves. They will however quickly learn how to use