It has been many years since I raised caged birds but we got some parakeets in trade for a rooster and then added more to start a colony since I have a huge bird cage. We just had our first egg hatch and there are three more eggs in the nest. I know they hatch days apart but this first one needs to be fed and right now I have not looked to see where I can purchase the egg food for baby birds (never count your chicks before they hatch). I have some now frozen quail eggs that went through the incubator and came out clear so I am wondering if I can used them to make my own egg food for the babies. I hatch quail for a wildlife rescue so I take the clear eggs back to feed the wildlife but I am also donating my own clear chicken and duck eggs for the wildlife so I think I can use some of these (large number of clear eggs versus fertile eggs). I am thinking that because the quail eggs are nore nutritious and have more yolk to white they might be a better food source for the baby parakeets than the chicken and duck eggs but I have plenty of my own eggs I can feed, however my own quail are not laying yet). I have plans to buy quail hatching eggs when I can find some since there is so much room in my incubator or else put my chicken rails back in so I have more room to hatch chicken eggs. If I use the quail, duck, or chicken eggs to make egg food for the baby parakeet(s), should I hard boil and mash them or just give the mama the whole hard boiled egg in her nest box? The other females may eat the egg first if I put it in the cage since the mama is still sitting on three more eggs and the hatchling. I can put the mashed egg in a bottle cap or something she can eat it out of or just let her eat a quail egg cut in half and placed in the nest box so she can eat the yolk out of the white and eat the white as well if she wants it. If the powdered egg food is superior to egg yolk I can look for some locally. I have vitamin enriched seed to offer her too so I want to give her some in the nest so she gets it without sharing with the rest of the birds not needing it right now since they are not laying or sitting (although one hen layed an egg that broke on the cage floor since she dropped it from the perch instead of using an empty nest box so I am looking for another egg from her in a nest box). I have 3 feed bowls in the cage but she rarely leaves the nest so I would like to give her something to make sure she has the butrition she needs to feed her baby and continue sitting on her remaining eggs.