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My two young cockatiels recently breeded, and one of the eggs just hatched this morning (I'm not sure exactly what time, but we found it at around 8 in the morning, dry and clean). However, it's been 8-12 hours and we haven't seen any signs of the mother feeding it. She is sitting on it and the rest of the eggs for most of the time, but she is clearly exhausted sometimes and needs to refuel. The father is currently separated from them bc of mate aggression (I tried putting him in with the chick, but he was too scared to approach the nesting box). I have all of the supplies to feed it by hand, but I lack any experience with baby birds at all. I've watched videos and read up on every website possible.
I'd like the mother to feed it herself if possible, but I'm not sure how long I should wait before feeding it myself. Does anyone have any advice? Please let me know as soon as possible, this little chick's life depends on it.
 

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Hi Robert, thank you for all of your advice and help! It hasn't been fed so we started hand feeding. Thankfully it's a strong chick with a large apetite. Today is its second day alive, and it even stood on its own to eat!
Unfortunately, the mother passed away last night (we were all with her), so now we're going to try to take care of her baby to the best of our ability. We're not letting it go with an empty crop, and it's pooping pretty well!
I hope this first critical week goes okay.
 

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Thank you, and I'm sorry for the loss of your female bird, too. It might have been the same thing that happened to my female, since she ate quite a lot that day. She also had been pretty tired throughout the whole nesting process, sometimes having plenty of energy and other times easily losing her balance.

The daddy bird, Happy, is pretty young, just shy of 20 months old. He and my female were old enough to reproduce, but I think since they were both hand-raised by a breeder, their instincts are a little weaker. I've tried introducing him to the chick, but the coward becomes as skinny as a stick and shuffles away when it squeaks haha. The chick is responding pretty well to food and is even trying out its legs!

Again, thank you so much for all of your support and your help!
 

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Unfortunately, no, the chick didn't make it. I'm not sure exactly what went wrong, but it seemed like it had an issue emptying its crop. It seemed pretty active and loud earlier, but I guess it didn't have much of a chance without its mother. We wanted to take it straight to a vet Monday morning, but it didn't last through the night.

Thank you for checking in!
 
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