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Postby Romanxdsouza » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:33 pm

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Re: Alexandrian ring neck will not eat anything

Postby liz » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:15 am

At two months I would still be feeding formula. Get his belly full of formula then offer the healthy foods for him to pick at during the day.

He is hungry but was not told by his parents what is good to eat. After formula eat with him.

Myrtle was a year old and came to me on a seed diet. She would not eat anything but what Rainbow accepted first. Now she wants anything anyone is eating.
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Re: Alexandrian ring neck will not eat anything

Postby Pajarita » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:57 am

OMG, the baby is not misbehaving, it's starving and screaming for food! This is not a behavior that needs to be corrected, you need to feed the poor starving bird as soon as you get up! At two months of age, you need to handfeed, at least, twice a day (once first thing in the morning -and that means at dawn- and once in the evening -at dusk) and offer soft, warm food served fresh twice a day, too (and you are supposed to leave it there in the cage all the time). By ignoring his screams you are creating a terrible situation that is going to backfire on you BIG TIME because you are not only starving the baby which will end up with an eating disorder but you are also traumatizing it and these birds are not easy to keep bonded to their humans even when they learn to depend on them (you are doing the opposite by not feeding it when it's hungry).

PLEASE start hand-feeding that baby ASAP! And no training until the bird is about 8 or 10 months old, either. You need to wait until he is fully grown and is old enough to understand what you want out of it but it might not work now...
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Postby Romanxdsouza » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:05 am

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Re: Alexandrian ring neck will not eat anything

Postby Pajarita » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:22 am

You need to handfeed him in the morning and leave soft food in his cage for the rest of the day until the afternoon when you put fresh soft food in there and, at dusk, you need to handfeed him again. And, no, you never wait until they are quiet to feed them, you feed them when they first wake up.

Baby birds are the same size as an adult and fully plumaged but they are still babies and ALL babies are tame and step up. Didn't the breeder tell you the hatchday? You should have a certificate with the date on it...
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STOP ALEXANDRIAN SCREAMING EARLY MORNINGS

Postby Romanxdsouza » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:43 pm

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Re: Alexandrian ring neck will not eat anything

Postby Pajarita » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:04 am

I had a feeling you were in India and suspected the bird was taken from the wild (we read about this terrible problem in India all the time). You do know it's been illegal for you to keep him captive since 1991, right? I recommend you find a wildlife rehabilitator for him so he can be later released into the wild (there is an organization there called Beauty Without Cruelty that deals with this).

You can't feed him white rice (no nutrition whatsoever but you can use whole grain red or black rice) and you can't feed him garbanzo beans (chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing) all the time (super high in oxalic acid which inhibits calcium absorption - he will end up with malnutrition if you do). When you say 'boiled corn' do you mean the dry one or the fresh one? Because the fresh is OK but the dry is not (danger of aflatoxin from aspergillus). You need to feed him whole grains like oat groats, wheat kernels, kamut, teff, quinoa, etc. Cook them soft for now and mash them up to mix them with fruit puree, very finely chopped broccoli, etc. He won't take the formula because he is used to having bird parents feeding him but keep on trying anyway (try mixing the formula with the mashed cooked grains and pureed fruit/veggies and try feeding him with a small spoon). If you are not going to use formula, you need to add a good quality multivitamin/mineral supplement to it's food.

As to the schedule, it all depends on how old the bird is (which you don't know and that's another reason why he should go to a rehabber). If he was 8 weeks or older and has been well fed all along (doubtful taking into consideration the circumstances), he would need a handfeeding early in the morning (dawn), fresh soft food for him to eat always in his cage and another handfeeding late in the afternoon (when the sun is setting).

Forget about the pellets for now, babies don't eat pellets.
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Re: Alexandrian ring neck will not eat anything

Postby Pajarita » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:38 am

Kabuli chana are small white chickpeas or garbanzo beans and they are too high in oxalic acid to feed to a growing baby (or even an adult if it's done all the time). Oxalic acid prevents the body from absorbing calcium and babies need it to grow strong bones as well as for the development of the nervous system so, although you can feed a little bit of them every now and then, they should never be fed every day.

As to whole grains, look for Jau (barley), Gehun (wheat), Jai (oat) and any kind of millet: Bajra, Ragi, Kangni, Kutki, even Juar (sorghum) will do. And, if you cannot find any red or black rice, use the whole grain version (we call it 'brown' here) of Basmati (like Dunar Nutritia, for example).
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