alienlady wrote:I don't understand why the breeder gave you an unweaned bird , how old is it ?
Loriusgarrulus wrote:Annoying that he blames the dog for his carelessness. I have dogs. One is an avid hunter he even drools at OH 's ferret. I would never have the birds out with the dogs in the same room.
How old is he and how are you feeding him. I know some use a bent up spoon to put in the handrearing mix.
OH works from home and we used to take in baby wild birds and rear them till fit for release. He prefered crop tubing because it would limit handling time to stop then imprinting, but you will want him to imprint. The aviary the ferret is in used to be used for them to fly in to get strong before release.
It was up at six every morning and feeding through the night when they were tiny and weak and dosing antibiotics if someones cat had brought them in.
OH used to use Kaytee handrearing mix for wild bird babies then swap them onto an appropriate diet as they got older. He has reared everything from a tiny pink unfledged baby dunnock to a ring dove.
We haven't tried handrearing a parrot as we have never bred any.
Loriusgarrulus wrote:Good luck with the feeding. OH used to put a paper towel round the birds to keep them clean when feeding.
Are you weighing him every day to check his weight gain. Its a good way of monitooring progress.
liz wrote:If they did not treat the breeder birds like property and have a bond with them the birds could be fed by parents and played with by humans.
Before I joined this forum and did not know how to deter the Tiels from breeding. I let the parents and the rest of the flock take care of them. I touched them even before they could stand up straight and they knew me when they opened their eyes.
They can be hand tamed while being cared for by their parents and the flock. I added scrambled egg to the parents diet so they would not have to work as hard to feed the babies.
If he was not buying food for the baby he probably was not feeding the parents right. By pulling a clutch he could put the parents back to hormonal. Breeders don't care about the animal only the money. They discust me and that includes my sister who breeds dogs.
My Maggie was a breeder bird who's mate died. She would not take another mate so I think I paid $20 to get her. She was scared. Very scared. But when I put the food down and backed away she was the first in it. She seemed to like anything I gave her and even taught the others to try things. Makes me wonder what she had been fed. My Sweetie was the one who taught the others what was good to eat before she died.
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