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Old 12-14-2016, 12:28 PM
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Hi, we are new to breeding and was kinda sprung on us.
Our babies are now 27 days old and up till now my husband has told me to leave them alone and let nature take its course coz in the wild birds dont get help.
But Im now concerned after reading that people pull the babies at 2 weeks for hand rearing, have I done this all wrong?
The babies show no interest in coming out of the box and the father is doing a great job but the mother wants to breed again!
Do i leave them to it or take the babies out? Im not sure if I can handle the babies and the parents will still feed them.
They are also in a small cage and was wondering if the babies were old enough so I could move the whole family into a bigger cage.
Sorry for all the questions, our birds took us by total surprise
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:04 PM
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If you have no experience hand feeding you did nothing wrong. That's only for experienced breeders as it can be very difficult and hard to do. The best idea would be to handle the babies every day to get them used to you and tame them up. Moving them once they leave the nest would be best, you don't want to move them til they start fledging. Dad takes over primary care of the babies as they get older and double clutching is very hard to prevent, but moving them to another cage might knock her out of breeding mode.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:36 AM
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I tried to get 1 of the babies out of the nest last night but they were screaming so much that daddy screamed at me so I backed off.
I will try again today when the parents are feeding on their greens, no signs yet of them wanting to leave the nest though
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You can block the entrance to the nest so that the parents can't get back in and take the babies out that way. They should be fully feathered by now and getting ready to leave the nest. The screaming is normal, all babies do that. They will calm down as they get used to you.
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Well said already by everyone. You never want to hand feed if you have no experience, but if you ever do learn then yes, pull them between 2-3 weeks old, no older. Same for just handling them, if you're letting the parents feed them but you want hand tamed babies you must handle them every day for at least 10-15 minutes each from 3 weeks on. Much older and it's tough.

As said you have to block the entrance to the box when dad and mom leave, then get the babies out on a towel or blanket and handle each one for 10-15 minutes at least. Scratch, hold, play with, talk to. I'd start now because 27 days old is already pretty late.

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Old 12-19-2016, 02:16 PM
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Both babies do well at being handled and yes the screaming has stopped.
The parents now spend most of the time out of the nest box, is this normal?
They still feed the babies and are trying to get them out the nest but the baby only gets to the top and screams for 5 minutes before going back down.
The parents have mated again even tho I covered them giving them less light ours so maybe in 10 days Id get more eggs but I hope not really as they still have a way to go with the 2 they have.
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It's normal for the parents to be out of the nest more. Double clutching is really hard to prevent because you don't want to knock them so far out of breeding that they stop feeding the babies. The babies will fledge when ready.
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