I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice with regards to weaning my babies. The eldest is 5 weeks old today and Kiri looks anxious to get them out of the nest. Tonight she has been hopping around trying to lift the lid off the nest box subtle eh!
I do have another cage set up and ready for them when they do come out, but don't know whether I should make this decision, or just let them drift out in their own time.
I have dangled a sprig of millet inside the nest box, and all of them have had a little nibble at it , so I'm hoping that they will get the hang of feeding themselves quite quickly.
This will be the first time that my birdies have got to this stage (Ollie had to be rescued prematurely), and all advice will be very gratefully received.
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What i did Batty, is although i did take them out the net box at times, i still let them fledge on thier own. When they did, they came out , went back in and di that for a couple of days. Sometimes mum and dad shooed them back in, perhaps for a feed, or just for nighttime. They all came out bit by bit, then gradually stayed out longer. I put all different foods chopped up etc, and on the cage floor.I found the egg food started to go down quick when they fledged. They soon start to feed on thier own.I did that because of Oliie.
Only when i found the parents going for them, and i thought it was too much , did i take them out. When they came out, and they were still with the parents, you may find they make the babies hide in places. Mine used to shoo them under the airer, i guess for safety.
Well after my one and only clutch of eggs, im no expert, but thats my experience if it helps