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    First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    I don't know how many people read the underage mating thread, but my 6-7 month old male is now a father. He appears to be a good father too, defends the nest, shares incubation, I think he also feeds the baby (I can't watch them feed it as they stare at me and wait for me to leave if I look in) as I could hear the baby cheeping when the female was out (male was in) and the cheeping subsided fairly rapidly (guessing if the cheeping stops the baby has been fed?).

    I guess there's a lesson here, don't assume your male is too young to breed if the female is getting hormonal .

    Another interesting observation - most of the breeding articles I read say you can't handle the parents during breeding. I've been handling both the parents daily. In fact (when out of the nest) if they are not feeding chances are they are with me. The female even screams if she comes out and I'm not there or I leave the room without taking her with me. The male is still very affectionate, unless he's on the cages and I make a move towards the nest, though I can look in the nest with him on my shoulder and he doesn't protest at all. So basically my birds behaviour has changed very little during this breeding time.

    Some questions - i don't want to pull the babies for handrearing. I'll handfeed once or twice a day when the babies reach 8 days but otherwise leave them with the parents (lack of room in this house, and I don't want to prompt the parents into doing all this again any time soon, quite the opposite in fact!). Will this be enough to get the chicks tame? They will be handled daily and when they leave the nest they'll be with humans (at least me, possibly my housemates) for most of the day. We are limited for room so the cages are in my bedroom, though I reglarly take the birds into the living room. Really I just want to know if regular human contact and handling while growing up is enough to make them sweet and lovely (like their parents) or do they have to be taken away and only fed by humans.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    Yes, I firmly believe that if you handle a baby enough it will be friendly as a hand-fed one I have a cockatiel that was handled all the time like that and he is a sweetie, lets me scratch his neck, talks, doesn't bite, all the good stuff. His mate was hand-fed and she bites more than he does. Yes, a lot of it depends on the individual chicks' personality. I did the whole supplemental hand-feeding thing with my parakeets, and they are very sweet too. Considering how viscios the mom is, anyway
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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    I think this will be enough to get the chicks tame you just have to make sure you handle them every day!
    I have three chicks right now, the oldest is going on 2 weeks. i dont plan on pulling for handfeeding unless the parents stop feeding. I handle them everyday since I change the nesting material everyday. They love to be touched and petted. Good Luck
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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    I have also parent fed my chicks and they are wonderful. I have two cages with parents. One of the cages is full and the nesting box is empty. The mom and dad are wonderful. The babies are friendly and they love attention. I handled them every day while they were really young. The other cages I'm sorry to say was much more difficult. The father abused the chicks and I had to remove him. Mom is doing all of the work and she is doing a great job. The babies however have been so traumatized by the father that I'm having problems getting them socialized. They wont handfeed at all. the bottom line is you can have really great babies wheter you handfeed or not.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    cheers guys, 3 babies now. They seem to be doing fine and the parents are coping without a problem. The dad seems to be a much messier feeder than the mum, always comes out with sticky feathers around his mouth. I looked in today when they were both in there and they were facing right up to eachother with the babies sort of between them under their "shoulders", it was very cute.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

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    Cool now you have fuzzies. They are so much fun. Yep play with them every day. I let the parents feed all of mine. I just play granddad. Spoil them then give them back to mom and dad. It makes life easy. You should feed them a few times just to keep in practice in case you have to take over. Have fun and please keep us informed.
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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    Yes, handling them as early as possible is a good idea. We noticed a difference in our last two chicks. One would come easily and one wouldn't, so we spent more time with the "easier" one. It wasn't a dramatic difference over time, but it was definitely less frustrating with the one we handled more in the beginning.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    At what age you you guys recommend handling? I read that I can handle them at 8 days, just wanted to confirm this. If 8 days is good I'll handle the oldest (hopefully I can tell him/her apart from the siblings) on friday. If i can't tell them apart I'll handle the two biggest over the weekend. My housemate has raised a baby before so I'll get her to give the older ones a feeding over the weekend, but the parents are feeding regularly so I don't really want to push handfeeding onto the babies.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    Update - 4 babies, everything still running smoothly.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    I have them out from day one. I have had the egg in my hand when it was hatching and mom and dad on my arm watching. You can start when ever you want.
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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    I agree with Ron on everything, no matter what everyone else says, I think that's the way to do it.


    I pester the heck out of those suckers from day one


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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    Just be cautious if mom and dad get aggressive when you handle the chicks. It's not a bad thing, it's just instinctive.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    Yeah, I doubt I'll be able to get the babies out of the box if either of the parents are in there, they both like to come out in the evening so I'll try then. I'll try and get some picutres too.

    Its been nearly a week since the first hatched, when do you guys change the nesting material? I was planning on doing it saturday, is that too late? I've got no problem doing it today or tomorrow.

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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    just handled the two oldest for a minute or so each, no begging and their crops had a fair amount of food, parents currently stocking up, they eat almost as much bread each day as I do.

    I changed the nesting material last night, took the box into the living room, put the parents on the playpen/fortress with some food so they coul eat and watch me. Its pretty cold here at the moment so I had the our gas heater going at full blast, is that alright or will it dry the babies out? I also handled the oldest yesterday during the day, parents seemed fine, though they were both out of the box. The parents bicker when out, though they stay in the box together no problem.

    Here's the 4 babies together in the nest


    Oldest in my hand, taken yesterday so 1 week old.


    Parents in the nest, dad climbing out.


    Parents in the nest, babies underneath.


    Parents back in march, female on the left, male looking away on the right. What colours can I expect from their offspring?


    Bought a new home for them on wednesday, massive upgrade from the two single teil cages I had before, I reckon I could fit 4 adults in this.



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    Re: First baby hatched yesterday, 3 more eggs. Some questions?

    Oh my god!!!!!
    Cute overload!!!!!
    Congradualtions to your new family!!!!
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