12/3/11: “Sit. Stay!” All 21 budgie babies perching on the play gyms! Sometimes I feel like an accomplished circus animal trainer :>)
This is a “budgie baby page” — we put one of these together for each round of budgie parakeet chicks so our adopters can ooh and aah over all the cuteness while they wait to bring their feathered friend(s) home. The babies on this page have already been reserved. If you’d like to be added to our waiting list for a chick of your own, please read about our specialized breeding program for details!
12/26/11: NEW PHOTOS ADDED! SCROLL DOWN to view them! And bookmark this page to check back for progress updates and new photos as the chicks grow!
1/7/12 UPDATE: All available babies have moved on to their new homes. I love updates and pictures so send ’em my way, please! Summary: 4 pairs were placed together in mid-September. Their 21 chicks will be weaned and ready for new homes in early/mid December 2011. If you need a cage, food or bird supplies, please click on our bird supply page to see what we offer our adopters.
12/3/11: “Ahoy” and “Marina” at home with their new owner!
12/4/11: “Admiral” and his new owner!
12/4/11: “Ketch” and her new owner!
“Skipper” and her new owner! And no, not all the babies went home with young ladies… it’s just that the adults are often too bashful for photos I suppose!
12/2/11: Now that the babies are fledging (weaning off formula, flying), I’m training them to hop onto my hand, even fly to it when called. Their reward? Organic hulled millet and smooches! Note the closed blinds when the birds are out to prevent them from trying to fly through the glass…ouch. (Ahoy and Skipper)
12/2/11: Lassie (center) was late to this “step up” training session and appears to be showing her disapproval towards Admiral (left) and Furl (right) that the millet is gone ;>)
11/30/11: The play gyms and baby flight enclosures are located in our busy home office/homeschooling room. Exposing very young animals to novel, positive experiences helps them learn how to handle stress better and grow to become more confident as adults. And the more time they spend in the company of humans, the more likely they are to include YOU as one of their flock! We take our job seriously, spending 6-10 hours per day caring for and socializing with our feathered charges.
11/30/11: The four spangle siblings lined up from youngest to oldest. (Mars x Erie; English x American Crosses)
11/30/11: A small bird with BIG eyes, “Skipper” loves to snuggle up in my hair while riding on my shoulder. Female green greywing American parakeet from AquaMan x Dijon.
11/27/11: Does anyone else watch Grey’s Anatomy? Doesn’t our “McDreamy” look a bit like Derek? Why, I think so! Dark gray English x American budgie male (Mars x Erie)
“Hey, ma, you lookin’ for me?” 11/27/11: “Ketch”, skyblue greywing American parakeet female (AquaMan x Dijon).
11/27/11: Santa made an early visit to our home. “Meredith Grey” loves unwrapping the gifts! (Opaline gray English x American cross female, Mars x Erie.)
11/27/11: “Shhhh! Don’t wake the babies!” (L to R: Lassie, Barkley and Meredith Grey, all English x American crosses)
11/27/11: “Scooby Doo”: Yellowface skyblue dominant pied cinnamon-wing female American x English budgie cross at 1 month of age. (Ontario x Marley) Note: my flash overpowered her colors — I’ll take another picture soon. She reminds me of a luscious creamy taffy with all the flavors swirled together. Yummy.
11/27/11: “Basil”: Skyblue cinnamon-wing English budgie at 1 month of age.
11/25/11: The rope spiral twister, one of the babies favorite hang outs! Top to bottom: Meredith Grey, George O’Malley, Ketch, Ahoy, Furl, Admiral, Paprika, Nutmeg, Marina, Benji, Barkley, Lassie, RinTinTin, McDreamy.
11/25/11: “Miranda Bailey”: she’s the youngest baby of this round. Opaline violet (sf) spangle. (Mars x Erie).
11/23/11: A ball of fluffiness… “Paprika”: Opaline light grey-green cinnamon wing female English budgie (Patootie x Huron).
11/23/11: “McDreamy”: Dark gray normal male English x American cross budgie (Mars x Erie).
11/23/11: “Meridith Grey”: Opaline light gray female English x American cross budgie at 1 month of age. (Mars x Erie)
11/22/11: Play hard, sleep hard. While in a spacious cage, the babies prefer sleeping as closely as possible. Too cute! Left to right: Benji, Nutmeg, Meridith Grey, Furl, Lassie, McDreamy, Ketch, Barkley, Alex Karev, Paprika.
11/22/11: Some of the youngest of our growing flock waiting for breakfast. Front left to right then back: Miranda Bailey, Skipper, Alex Karev, Scooby Doo, Benji, Vanilla Bean.
11/19/11: The older babies graduated to the nursery cage today! No one is flying yet, but they will be soon! They are learning to perch, play, and nibble on solid foods.
11/19/11: Different toys are rotated into the nursery cage every day so the babies can explore new things. Lassie, skyblue cinnamon-wing spangle English x American (Ontario x Marley)
11/19/11: Seconds before this shot, Paprika was upside down, ball on top of her belly, wrestling the ball. I could watch these funny babies all day long! Paprika: Grey-green cinnamon-wing English budgie (Patootie x Huron)
11/19/11: The babies preen each other to break free the growing feathers from their sheaths. Marina, Admiral, Furl: greywing American parakeets (AquaMan x Dijon)
11/17/11: How do you get a bunch of baby budgies to stay still for a photo? Well, you don’t. You put them in a bowl and keep on clickin’. This is the younger to middle aged group currently being handfed. They look like a bowlful of jellybeans!
11/17/11: (“Skipper” #62 AquaMan x Dijon) Light green greywing American parakeet. She will start hand-feeding tomorrow.
11/16/11: (“Scooby Doo” #71 Ontario x Marley): Yellowface type 2 blue cinnamon pied female English budgie x American parakeet cross at almost 3 weeks of age. You can just start to see the blue feathers showing on her rump. The soft yellow with cinnamon brown is such a pleasing combination!
11/16/11: (“Lassie” #68 Ontario x Marley): Skyblue cinnamon-wing spangle female English budgie x American parakeet cross.
11/16/11: (“Marina” #60 AquaMan x Dijon): Dilute whitewing blue American parakeet at 3.5 weeks of age.
11/15/11: (“Ahoy” #57 AquaMan x Dijon): Recessive pied dark green greywing American parakeet at 4 weeks of age. Very attentive, sweet little thing! She’s always watching me. “Ahoy” is as bright yellow as a canary, but with a gorgeous shade of green on the lower belly and rump — see the photo below to see the green.
11/15/11: Here are the oldest chicks of this round (3.5 to 4 weeks of age). They’ve graduated to a larger brooder with a low perch, a spray of soaked millet and a smorgasbord of my germinated organic food mix to explore. They are still being hand-fed 4x a day with formula. Their brooder is portable and is placed wherever our family is so they can get accustomed to normal household activities.
11/13/11: It’s so fun when the babies’ colors reveal themselves! Here we see a blue spangle (left, “Alex Karev”) and a violet cinnamon-wing (right, “Benji”). They will be lovely when they finish feathering out. There are a total of 4 blue/violet spangles in the nest box.
11/13/11: ( “RinTinTin” #67 Ontario x Marley) I’m hand-feeding the babies every 4 hours now. RinTinTin is a handsome English x American cross boy. In person, he’s looking violet (camera isn’t picking it up well).
11/13/11: (“Admiral” #58 AquaMan x Dijon) “Admiral” looks just like his poppa and feels as soft as cotton. He’s a skyblue greywing American parakeet. We hand-feed our babies with Harrison’s Organic Juvenile Formula (expensive but worth it) and add a pinch of cinnamon, cayenne, garlic and other spices (great antioxidants), plus a squirt of organic pureed vegetables to the mix. Yum, yum!
11/13/11: (“Furl” #59 AquaMan x Dijon) Hand-feeding a darling little green greywing female American parakeet. She looks a lot like her mom, Dijon.
11/9/11: We are now hand-feeding 7 of the oldest chicks! (The remaining 14 younger chicks are still with their bird parents as we handle them daily while they grow. As each chick reaches 3 weeks of age, they will join the hand-fed bunch.) We have a wide variety of colors and mutations represented here. It’s so exciting to see their pin feathers open up, revealing their colors!
11/2/11: As some of the older chicks turn two weeks of age, I start daily handling to habituate them to humans. While it’s very early to be certain, this chick appears to be female — it has a chalky white cere. (Patootie x Huron)
11/2/11: In this nestbox we clearly see the difference a few days between siblings makes! By the looks of it, those sprouting pin feathers look prickly… but the warmth they provide their youngest brother (on top) is perfectly comfortable. (Patootie x Huron)
11/2/11: In this nest box so far I see a yellow with green recessive pied and a couple of blue greywings. Can you find all six babies in this picture? (AquaMan x Dijon)
11/2/11: Marley (hen) is an interesting combination of mutations. I can’t wait to see what her chicks look like when they feather out! So far I see a normal blue (the oldest, top right) and several predominantly white siblings. (Ontario x Marley)
11/2/11: 6 of Erie x Mars’ 8 eggs have hatched so far. One chick hatches about every other day. This is why the youngest pinkie (top left) is so much smaller than it’s oldest hatch mate, top right. The parents feed each chick differently according to it’s age: the youngest are fed crop milk (liquid) while the oldest are fed regurgitated seeds, vegetables, etc. (Mars x Erie)
10/17/11: We have 30 eggs that are beginning to hatch! The hen feeds her newborn chicks “crop milk” — this is important in establishing good health and immunities. The tiny eggs and newborn pinkies are no larger than a thumbnail. They grow quickly, though: Until the 8th day, budgie chicks are naked and blind. Then down feathers appear (a normal marked chick’s down is grey; an opaline’s down is white). Next the wing feathers and then the tail feathers grow. About the 14th day, the colorful body feathers will appear. This is when we are busy figuring out the colors of our chicks! At 14 days of age, we start handling the chicks daily so they get used to human touch. At 21 days, we remove the chicks from the nest box permanently so we can hand-feed and socialize them around the clock.
Adopter Preferences / Chicks Reserved:
- First picks for Jen, the breeder, as indicated below.
- 4/9/11: 2 for Michelle Gal… Littleton, CO (HOME! Ketch, Furl)
- 5/15/11: 2 for Karen, Joe, Eli Boa… Boulder, CO (HOME! Scooby Doo)
- 6/5/11: 2 Lisa Mar… Fort Collins, CO (HOME! Ahoy, Marina)
- 6/17/11: 2 for Rachel Sch-Kim… Falcon, CO (HOME! Admiral, Meredith Grey)
- 6/26/11: 1 for Sue/Claire Stu… Littleton, CO (HOME! Skipper)
- 8/21/11: 1 Ben Fus… Greeley, CO (HOME! Paprika — plus Ottowa)
- 8/25/11: 1 Amy La Gra… Fort Collins CO (HOME! McDreamy)
- 8/29/11: 2 Wendy Tisd… Colorado Springs, CO (HOME! Nutmeg +Pluto)
AquaMan x Dijon Clutch
(Nautical name theme)
DAD is “AquaMan”: skyblue greywing male American parakeet. Split for recessive pied. DOB 5/2010. (Pictured here at 5 weeks of age.)
MOM is”Dijon”: SF clearwing dark/gray green female American parakeet. Split blue and recessive pied, possibly dilute. DOB ~2010.
Breeding Outcome Expectations:
Type: 100% American
Colors: 50% greens, 50% blues
Mutations: FBC (Full-Body-Color) greywings; greywings; recessive pieds
Splits: 100% of the greens split for blue; 50% of chicks split for recessive pied.
Outcome: 7 eggs; 7 fertile; 6 chicks (1 DIS w/ egg hole). First egg laid 9/28/11; last egg on 10/10/11. First chick hatched 10/17/11; last hatched 10/28/11.
- RESERVED for Lisa Mar… “Ahoy”: #57. Gender: F. Color: yellow with dark green. Mutations: recessive pied, greywing. Split: blue, possibly dilute. DOB 10/17. Handfed. $75
- RESERVED for Rachel S. “Admiral”: #58. Gender: M. Color: sky blue. Mutations: greywing. Split: possibly recessive pied and dilute. DOB 10/18. Handfed. $75
- RESERVED for Michelle Gal… “Furl”: #59. Gender: F. Color: gray-green or dark green. Mutations: greywing. Split: blue; possibly recessive pied and dilute. DOB 10/20. Handfed. $75
- RESERVED for Lisa Mar … “Marina”: #60. Gender: F. Color: blue. Mutations: whitewing dilute. Split: possibly recessive pied and dilute. DOB 10/21. Handfed. $75
- RESERVED for Michelle Gal… “Ketch”: #61. Gender: #F. Color: skyblue. Mutations: greywing. Split: possibly recessive pied and dilute. DOB 10/23. Handfed. $75
- RESERVED for Sue/Claire. “Skipper”: #62. Gender: F. Color: light green. Mutations: greywing. Split: possibly recessive pied and dilute. DOB 10/28. Handfed. $75
Patootie x Huron Clutch
(spice name theme)
DAD is “Patootie”, an opaline grey-green. MOM is “Huron”, a skyblue cinnamon-wing. Both are English Budgies.
“Patootie”: Grey-green opaline male English budgie. Split: Texas Clearbody, cinnamon-wing, blue.
“Huron”: Sky blue cinnamon-wing female English budgie.
Breeding Outcome Expectations:
Type: 100% English
Colors: 50% blue, 50% green, 50% with grey factor.
Mutations: Cinnamon-wing (50% of females, 50% of males), Texas Clearbody (50% of females), opalines (100% females, 0% males), normals
Splits: Texas Clearbody (50% of males); Cinnamon-wing (100% of males), Opaline (100% of males), all greens split for blue
Outcome: 7 eggs; 7 fertile; 4 chicks (3 DIS). First egg laid 9/25/11; last egg on 10/8/11. First chick hatched 10/20; last hatched 10/27/11.
Note: I will be keeping all Texas Clearbody females, plus likely all males from this clutch. Therefore, only non-TCB females will be available.
- RESERVED for Wendy Tisd… “Nutmeg”: #63. Gender: F. Color: light grey-green. Mutations: opaline, cinnamon-wing. Split: blue. DOB 10/20. Handfed. $100
- RESERVED for Ben Fusc…”Paprika”: #64. Gender: F. Color: light grey-green. Mutations: opaline, cinnamon-wing. Split: blue. DOB 10/22. Handfed. $100
- RESERVED for Jen. “Vanilla Bean”: #65. Gender: M. Color: blue. Mutations: normal. Split: opaline and cinn, possibly TCB. DOB 10/24. Handfed. $95
- RESERVED for Jen. “Basil”: #66. Gender: M. Color: blue. Mutations: cinnamon-wing. Split: opaline, possibly TCB. DOB 10/27. Handfed. $100
Ontario x Marley Clutch
(famous dogs name theme)
DAD is “Ontario”, a Skyblue Cinnamon-Wing English Budgie. DOB 2010.
MOM is “Marley”, a yellowface violet-blue combination pied (recessive / clearflight / dominant) spangle American parakeet. Throws dark-eyed clear when paired with recessive pied. DOB ~2009.
Breeding Outcome Expectations:
Type: English x American Cross
Colors: 100% white-factor (blues, violets, yellowface)
Mutations: Cinnamon (100% females), Dominant and/or Clearflight Pieds, Yellow-faced Blues, Normals (males), Spangles
Splits: Cinnamon-wing (100% of males), Recessive Pied
Notes: I expect surprises because of Marley’s genetic combination. If we get some mutations I am striving for in my breeding program, I will keep several chicks.
Outcome: 8 eggs; 7 fertile; 5 chicks (1 fertile egg had damage to shell; last chick died @ 1 day). First egg laid 9/29/11; last egg on 10/14/11. First chick hatched 10/19/11; last hatched 10/28/11.
- RESERVED for Jen. “RinTinTin”: #67. Gender: M. Color: violet (sf) cobalt. Mutations: normal. Split: cinnamon, possibly recessive pied. DOB 10/19. Handfed. $90
- RESERVED for Jen. “Lassie”: #68. Gender: F. Color: sky blue. Mutations: cinnamon spangle. Split: possibly recessive pied. DOB 10/21. Handfed. $85
- RESERVED for Jen. “Barkley”: #69. Gender: M. Color: violet (sf). Mutations: pied (spotted) spangle. Split: cinnamon, possibly recessive pied. DOB 10/24. Handfed. $90
- RESERVED for Jen. “Benji”: #70. Gender: F. Color: violet (sf). Mutations: cinnamon normal. Split: possibly recessive pied. DOB 10/25. Handfed. $90
- RESERVED for Karen B. “Scooby Doo”: #71. Gender: F. Color: yellow-face blue. Mutations: pied, cinnamon. Split: possibly recessive pied. DOB 10/28. Handfed. $85
Mars x Erie Clutch
(Grey’s Anatomy name theme)
Dad is “Mars”, a violet (sf) opaline spangle male American x English cross. Pictured here at 8 weeks of age. Split for greywing; might be split for ino. (Sunny x Rainbow)
“Erie”: Normal gray English budgie. DOB 2010 by Kim in SLC, UT.
Breeding Outcome Expectations:
Type: English x American Crosses
Colors: 100% white-factors (blues, violets, greys)
Mutations: 50% Spangles, 100% opaline females, normal males
Splits: Opaline (100% males), 50% split for greywing
Possible: Ino females
Outcome: 8 eggs; 8 fertile; 6 chicks (1 fertile egg had shell damage, last chick died @ 1 day). First egg laid 10/2/11; last egg on 10/17/11. First chick hatched 10/24; last hatched 11/1.
Note: I will keep at least 2 spangles (esp. violet).
- RESERVED for Rachel Sch-Kim…”Meredith Grey”: #72. Gender: F. Color: light gray. Mutations: opaline. Split: possibly greywing. DOB 10/24. Handfed. $80
- RESERVED for Amy La Gra… “Derek Shepherd (McDreamy)”: #73. Gender: M. Color: dark gray (w/violet factor?). Mutations: normal. Split: opaline, possibly greywing. DOB 10/25. Handfed. $80
- RESERVED for Karen B. “Alex Karev”: #74. Gender: M. Color: blue/violet?. Mutations: spangle. Split: opaline, possibly greywing. DOB 10/26. Handfed. $85 if blue, $90 if violet.
- RESERVED for Jen. “George O’Malley”: #75. Gender: M. Color: blue/violet?. Mutations: spangle. Split: opaline, possibly greywing. DOB 10/28. Handfed. $85 if blue, $90 if violet.
- RESERVED for Jen. “Mark Sloan”: #76. Gender: M. Color: blue/violet?. Mutations: spangle. Split: opaline, possibly greywing. DOB 10/30. Handfed. $85 if blue, $90 if violet.
- RESERVED for Jen. “Miranda Bailey”: #77. Gender: F. Color: violet. Mutations: opaline spangle. Split: possibly greywing. DOB 11/1. Handfed. $90
More Budgie Parakeet Pages:
Hand-fed Budgies and Parakeets available in Colorado!: Our family raises, hand-feeds, trains and adores Budgie Parakeets. Learn more about our selective breeding program and view our gorgeous, tame birds.
Inside Our Aviary: See where our birds live — flight enclosures, breeding room, play gyms.
Our Flock of Adult Budgie Parakeets: Take a peek at our gorgeous feathered friends. Lots of photos!
Adorable Pictures of Our Hand-fed Babies: Come ooh and aahh over all the cuteness and watch them grow up!
Pre-Adoption Questionnaire: If you are interested in adopting one (or more) of our parakeets when they become available, please respond to these questions.
Budgie Baby Waiting List: I know how hard it is to wait when you’re excited but I promise you, the wait is worth it!
FAQ (frequently asked questions): What is a Budgie Parakeet’s personality like? What are the differences between American Parakeets and English Budgies? How do you tell a male from a female? Should you keep one, two or more? How long do they live? Where did the species originate?
How To Care For Your Pet Budgie Parakeet: Learn about housing, cages, homemade aviaries, cleaning tips, health, safety, nutrition, exercise, playtime activities, toys, and more.
Bird Nutrition and Food Recommendations: Malnourishment is a leading cause of premature death in pet birds. We provide lists of healthy foods, and tell you how to grow your own sprouts.
Training, Talking, Tricks: Entertaining video demonstrations and informative tips.
Colors, Varieties, Mutations, Genetics: Budgie Parakeets come in a rainbow of colors. This page has beautiful photos and variety descriptions.
Bird and Parrot Playgyms, Stands and Perches for Sale: Learn how to make your own — or order a custom one from us.
Homemade Aviaries and Flight Cages: How to converted used furniture into large flight cages and beautiful indoor aviaries.
Hand-Fed Baby Budgies and Parakeets — Our Adoption Procedure:
- Respond to our pre-adoption questionnaire.
- Email your responses to: Jen @ puppies are prozac . com (remove all spaces in the address first).
- Upon approval of your questionnaire responses, I will add your name to the waiting list.
- As soon as we have 3 week old chicks in the brooder for hand-feeding, I will email you (in the order of your waiting list date) and request a $15 (each chick) non-refundable deposit to reserve your hand-fed baby.
- While you’re waiting for your parakeet(s) to be hand-fed then weaned onto solid foods, please read our parakeet care information page, prepare a cage with the specifications outlined on that page, and purchase some appropriate budgie parakeet food.
- Most parakeets are weaned and ready to move to new homes when they are about 6 weeks of age. Sorry, no shipping. Pick up is in Fort Collins, Colorado.