Wordless Wednesday – Growing Budgies

by Deb on August 17, 2011

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I was very excited and posted when we had Budgie chicks, so you’ve seen this first photo before.
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They spend a month in the nest, so we took photos every week. Here the eyes are just opening and they have an enormous crop which means they can’t move very well, it pulls them over. I love seeing the bones and structure in the wings.

downThey’re starting to look more like birds with fluffy down. The colours come in straight away – that hint of yellow on the wings is the adult colour.

feathersHere’s another one with the adult feathers replacing the down.

grownAll grown up, this one is learning to fly. The fascinating thing is that these two photos were taken at the same time – the eggs were laid and hatched on different days and those differences continued the whole way through development. This is quite different to birds like chickens, their eggs don’t start developing until the mother broods them and they all hatch together.

Our little super mother has gone back into the nest and this time she’s sitting on five eggs. I can’t wait to see what we’ll get!

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Mercedes August 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

Wow from such an interesting looking thing to such a beautiful bird. I must admit when I first saw the one picture on the web I had no clue what it was. Too much fun!

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Pieces of Sunshine August 17, 2011 at 7:40 am

Fascinating. The little beak doesn’t seem to exist at first. They go through such dramatic changes after hatching. Thank you for sharing. We kept budgies but never had an egg hatch.
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Penni Roden via Facebook August 17, 2011 at 7:57 am

Was yesterday’s a budgie? It looked too big. Not that I’ve ever seen a naked budgie…

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mummycrit August 17, 2011 at 8:04 am

Wow! I had no idea that they develop at different rates. I’ve only ever had chooks, and we have cats, so budgies wouldn’t be very happy.

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Science@home via Facebook August 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

Yes that was a couple of weeks old, the head was about the size of a fingertip. It’s a bi hard to see scale in a cropped photo!

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Kellie @ Three Li'l Princesses August 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

Wow! That first photo is quite surreal. And then to see what it becomes… So incredible!
Love that you’ve captured its growth over time. Fabulous! 🙂
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Me 'N my Monkeys August 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

wow Awesome photos! 🙂
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Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots August 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

I love that you’ve taken a sequence of photos showing their development. Gosh I loved keeping birds as a kid, now as the Mum I really don’t want more things to look after lol

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Amy @ MahliMoo August 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

awww, how cute. It is great to see them progress isn’t it!
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Veronica @ Mixed Gems August 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Such an interesting thing to see the changes. I’ve done similar sequences with my girls but it’s quite different seeing changes like these.
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Gemma @ My Big Nutshell August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I love a budgie. Can’t wait to show my girls your photos, they will find that very interesting.
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Mumma's Mini Mes - Kym August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Wow that is amazing how different they are for hatching the same day. Gorgeous birds 🙂
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Lifeasmummymax August 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

oh wow thats amazing!! Such an amazing change. Budgies are so beautiful. Happy WW
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Tamara August 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Wow what a fantastic series of photos.
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Kirsty@ MummyToFive August 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

OOH WOW, that first photo was amazing! Then to see the progression of photos is just amazing! I’ll be showing my kids in the morning when they wake up!

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Trish August 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

amazing photos , I remember seeing my Nana’s budgie babies.
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