Hi, I have two parakeets and the female, Amiga laid five eggs. They were laid a few days apart. The oldest will be two weeks on Monday, and the second-oldest is just a few days younger than that. If you've ever had baby parakeets before, you know that they grow pretty fast. So, the third one hatched a little while later, and it was much smaller than the others. I saw last night that it had died. So, what is the most likely cause of its death? I was thinking maybe it got trampled by the older ones, or maybe Amiga took better care of the older ones because they're always bugging her and the little one had a little voice? I need to know why it died to keep the others from having the same problem. Another problem: Amiga is having trouble sitting on them both very well, and today I saw that they were cheeping and she was just sitting beside them instead of on them, most likely because they are each about half the size of her! I thought maybe one more egg may need to hatch or maybe another hatched, so maybe that's why she didn't sit on them? This is the plan I've come up with, but, if anyone has had a similar experience or knows about this, I would like some advice, please. I'm thinking of cutting the top off the box while she is out getting food and looking in to see what I have. The "lid" is actually taped on, so I shouldn't have too much difficulty with that. Then, if I see only two living babies, I would leave them to her care but would make a bigger, clean nestbox ready for them to move into so they won't get sick from the dead baby and/or any droppings that have accumulated in the nest. If there's three or four, I was thinking maybe I should take the one or two oldest out and handfeed them when they are 2-3 weeks old so Amiga can focus on taking care of the other(s). Is this a good idea? What do all of you guys think? Btw, if you get this far thank you for even reading this; I know it's kind of long, but I didn't want to leave anything out!