I tried to get Flower to use the box. At first I kept putting each egg in the box as she laid it. Eventually it became obvious that she wasn't even going to go near them. I finally just let her keep the new ones she laid on the floor, and soon she had too many to keep under herself. I could see that she could manage five eggs at a time but that the extra ones would end up just out of her reach. So I candled the eggs and removed all the clear ones, leaving her with five.
I know that some new parents don't know what they are doing, and will sometimes neglect to feed the new babies. So I was a little nervous as I watched both Daniel and Flower sitting up on the perches just looking at the tiny little pink thing. They didn't go near it for quite a while. I was even concerned that Flower would not go back to sitting on the remaining eggs.
If a chick isn't fed by its parents after 24 hours, I will usually step in and give it a feeding of thin hand rearing formula. But on the second morning, I was pleased to see that there was a tiny bit of food in the chick's crop. Supplement feeding it wouldn't be necessary.
Being raised outside of the box didn't seem to affect their growth and development. The only thing that was really different was their ability to wander off away from the group, once they learned to walk. For the most part, they were good about sticking together. But sometimes one would get separated and not seem to be able to find his way back. I would put it back myself when I saw this, but I'm sure it must have happened many more times than I observed. The cage is only three feet wide- I'm sure the parents never lost track of where their babies were!
The chicks have been independent for one week now and seem to be
holding their own, so they should be ready to go to new homes very soon.