Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I bred budgies for years, they're not too similar from lovebirds
To be honest the chicks should be fine, but mum and dad will need fresh food and water each day - is there a plan in place for this? You'll also notice that now mum's dropped the eggs she'll be doing some very BIG droppings - not to worry, it's only because she's been storing them up and her vent has temporarily stretched to release the eggs.
Coming into winter, you'll need to make sure they're kept warm and away from drafts but whatever you do don't use a gas heater. In fact the best heater would probably be an electric oil heater (one of those ones with oil inside but no flame or anything) kept on a low temp in a different room. You don't want the air drying out too much, or the heat being unnaturally high. This will probably be your main concern.
Can you have someone who has even just keeping experience with birds come in and check on them once a day and do their water? Just to be on the safe side. But really, if they're the only eggs then the danger is mostly over for the time being. I'd be more worried about leaving a hen about to lay (egg-binding especially) than leaving a hen with hatching chicks - mum and dad, if they're decent parents, should be able to look after their young without much help. In fact birds generally don't like too much interference at this time and you could be hard-pressed changing food and water without getting a glare and squawk from mum!
I'm assuming mum and dad are the only adult birds in the cage? That's generally the practice with lovebirds but I just wanted to check. New babies are at risk from other wannabe mums, and lovebirds can be darn vicious and intolerant at the best of times.
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