My Budgie pair and clutch of 7 with small cage

by JazzyJ
(NJ)

Let me preface this by saying I do not want to breed my budgies but will be keeping this clutch. I have 4 budgies, 2 male 2 female all 2 yrs old. I feed them quality pellets egg food, dried veggies and fruits and all fresh organic greens, carrots, apples and organic hard boiled egg weekly and millet spray, cuttle bone and mineral block. When I saw one pair mating on the top of the cage (they fly free 10-12 hrs daily) I set up the orig. small cage I had for 2 weeks before buying a large cage, and bought and attached a nest box outside the cage just in time. The hen laid 7 eggs and all hatched healthy and have been fed by both mom and dad as they are both very nice birds. Since the cage and nest box was getting pretty crowded and 4 babies are coming outside and getting Mom a bit testy (who could blame herl) I decided to get a flight cage large enough to accommodate all 7 little ones and parents. I now put the nest box inside the cage and moved everyone into the larger cage. I'm watching to make sure the 3 in the nest box are okay because I read the hen will sometime abandon them if stressed and this change was stressful I am sure I wanted to ask about what I believe I have noticed and that is I am pretty sure I have seen a few of the first born's feeding each other and the little ones now 25, 23, 21 days old.Is that possible? I have been using organic extra hard rolled oats for bedding and keep it very clean and have been dropping seeds in the bottom to give the little guys a hint. IF they seem to not be being fed due to being stressed with the new cage set up should I attempt to feed them the baby egg food? I would prefer not to but will of course if necessary. Thank you for any advice you can give a nervous novice.

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