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    Hello.. My 6 month old budgie has laid eggs and i would like to hand rear 2 of them.. I was just wondering if i do hand rear 2 of them will it make them much more tamer compared to if i let the parents raise them and then tame them ?
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    Re: Will hand rearing a budgie make them more tame ?

    There is no better food for babies than the seeds that the parents feed them, and every baby needs the love and care of the mom and dad. I would suggest you let the parents feed them. At about 4-5 weeks of age, you can take one at a time out of the nest box, and hand socalize them for a few minutes at a time about three times a day. That will get them used to human hands at an early age. But quite honestly, is no guarantee they would be more tame than leaving them with the parents until they fledge and fly, perch, and eat seeds on their own.

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    Re: Will hand rearing a budgie make them more tame ?

    Birds left with mom and dad are always getting the best food, like Ellen said. And the rest of Ellen's advice is great.
    The only thing I'd like to add is that when you reach for the birds, make sure you're talking softly to them before you begin reaching. And, reach gently. Don't make any sudden grabbing motions. Just keep talking when you reach and continue when you hold the babies.
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    Re: Will hand rearing a budgie make them more tame ?

    I will like to take 2 chicks when they are 3 weeks old.. is this fine ?

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    Re: Will hand rearing a budgie make them more tame ?

    Quote Originally Posted by UnknownisCool View Post
    I will like to take 2 chicks when they are 3 weeks old.. is this fine ?
    Since you are new to having baby birds, I highly recommend that you wait until the chicks are eating on their own. There is a high risk of a handfed baby aspirating on food if it's not properly fed.

    Since the chicks are being reared in your own home, you have a great chance of having wonderfully tame birds. Home bred birds are very different from birds sold by a dealer. Your birds will be calm from day 1 since they're not going from cage to cage and from handler to handler. Your birds can peacefully enjoy babyhood with mommy and daddy, then they can meet you with 'welcome wings'.

    Once the birds are about 3 weeks old you can begin handling them. They'll have had a good start in life with the parents and they'll be sturdy enough for you to safely handle. And, the babies will be receptive to you handling them.

    I have a lot of experience with hand feeding birds, from a sparrow no bigger than my pinkie fingernail to baby parrots. Please take your time in approaching hand feeding.

    One other thing, the longer the babies are with mom and dad, the healthier they will be. Mom and dad feeding the babies helps strengthen their immune system in a way that hand feeding formula can't.
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