What Age Do Budgies Start Chirping?

Baby budgies actually start to chirp when they are still inside their egg in the days just before they hatch. 

Budgies start chirping from an early stage because it is their main form of communication with other budgies and also you, their human owner!

It is important that you learn your budgie’s different chirps because they have different meanings.

Some chirps are your budgie being sociable and other chirps are telling you that something is amiss.

How Long Does It Take For a Budgie To Start Chirping?

Most people think that that baby birds begin to chirp a few days after they have hatched, but this is not true.

Baby birds start to chirp while they are developing inside the egg.

The incubation period for most bird eggs is around 21 days.

A baby budgie will start to chirp from inside the egg on or around day 19.

You will be able to hear the baby budgie chirping quite clearly from inside the egg and once this happens, you know that it will not be long until he will be hatched.  

How Do I Get My Budgie To Chirp?

Sometimes when you first bring your baby budgie home he may not make any noise at all and it is likely that he is sitting absolutely still on his foot bowl or on the cage floor.

The reason for this is that your budgie is feeling very uncomfortable in his new surroundings as they feel very strange and alien to him.

Your baby bird is trying to defend himself against predators and does this how he knows best – by not moving and keeping quiet to avoid detection.

At this stage, he is likely to regard you as a predator too.

The situation will be resolved once your budgie is feeling secure and settled in his new home.

You can help this by moving the cage so it stands against a wall and covering the back, sides and top of the cage with a towel or dark material so that the cage feels smaller and cozier to your baby budgie who will be missing the warmth and security of his parents and the nesting box. 

Another sign that your baby budgie is not feeling secure is that he will not eat or drink when you are around.

At this stage, don’t put your hand into the cage, but spend time quietly close to the cage and make sure there are no sudden loud noises or music but soft soothing voices.

After a couple of weeks he should be feeling confident enough to start eating and drinking in front of you and shortly afterwards, he should begin to chirp.

Do Baby Budgies Make Noise?

Most young budgies do make lots of noise to alert you, -their human owner – to a problem. 

Here’s what some problems your budgie is chirping about

Your Budgie Is Cold

The first problem is when your baby budgie is not warm enough.

They are prone to the cold and could die if they are not kept warm enough.

Invest in a thermometer and keep it close to the cage.

Baby chicks need an incubator with a temperature of 37°C after their birth and this temperature can be reduced to 35°C on day 8 after their birth.

When the baby budgie is two weeks old you can reduce the temperature to 20°C and this is the ideal year round temperature for budgies

Related article you’ll find very useful so do check it out! – How to keep baby budgies warm

Your budgie is hungry or thirsty

Water and food are both essential to baby budgies.

They do not require either for the first 48 hours of life but after that both are essential.

If your baby budgie is hungry or thirsty he will yell!

Baby budgies can easily drown in their drinking water so it is a good idea to invest in a proper water dispenser that he will find easier to use and it will also avoid the problem caused by water contamination. 

Sometimes when a baby budgie stops chirping, it can indicate that they are sick.

If your bird has been chirping happily and then stopped and you cannot pinpoint the reason, it is probably well worth taking him to your avian vet for a health check. 

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