I have a pair of canaries... mum and dad had a clutch of five eggs one of which hatched. Bubs is now 18 days old and is starting to fly around the cage following the parents calling for food. Dad does most of the feeding and will go wait by the nest for bubs and then he feeds it. They have a good selection of fresh food every day incuding nesting food. I have left the unhatched eggs in the nest as I read on one site that this helps prevent leg issues in the babies. Mum and dad have been going at it again recently and mum has been ripping up news paper and putting it in the water dish because the nest still has eggs.
Ok so the question is... should the baby be able to fly yet (even though it seems to be able to) since it still hasn't got fully formed wings and tail feathers and I thought they didn't leave the nest for 3 to 4 weeks??? Also when do I clean the unhatched eggs out and do I allow mum to breed again so soon if she is getting jiggy with dad? If I leave the eggs in the nest until bubs is fending for itself then mum can't lay new eggs in there... I don't want to separate mum and dad because dad still feeds bubs (who is very demanding) any ideas???