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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby Vicki5280 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:46 pm

patdbunny wrote:Finger feeding right now might be a good idea as a transition so when it gets to your home it's familiar with you finger feeding and you can easily introduce new foods by finger feeding when you get the baby home.


I've been finger feeding him/her (how long does it take to get DNA results back, anyway?) small bits of dry pellets and "hash" for a while now. He'll take little bits from me, but wont eat out of the bowl (that I've seen anyway).

patdbunny wrote: I know that's going to be hard for you to tell if you haven't heard a bunch of babies crying.


OH MY GOODNESS! He begs, fusses, and cries like nobody's business! As a matter of fact, we almost didn't get him because he was SO noisy. If Karen hadn't told us it was baby begging and he'd eventually stop, we'd have passed on this great little bird. Never mind the rest of the babies currently in the nursery and the playpen - between the mess of them, it's a cacophony of baby begging at dinner time! Thanks again for all your help. I'm glad to know where to turn if things get hairy when he comes home!
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby hannahbird » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:40 pm

The first reason is actually a misconception. Parrots don't always do that, from what I know. I could be wrong though :roll:
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby parrotlover » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:30 am

What does Unweaned meen? :?:
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby zazanomore » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:14 pm

They can't eat by themselves. Baby birds get fed by their parents.
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby parrotlover » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:41 pm

Ah OK.
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby liz » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:36 pm

I remember a pet shop where the owner named a cockatiel Brat. The rest of his clutch was weaned and sold and he was still begging for food. She even tried to give him to me but I was still working and did not have time for a crying baby.
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby laducockatiel » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:48 am

How do you know when the birds are fully weaned?
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby liz » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:21 am

laducockatiel wrote:How do you know when the birds are fully weaned?









When they can feed themselves.

When a human child is able to pick up and eat enough food to fill it's belly and not need help from Mom is the equivalent of fully weaned. There is a transition where the child can feed itself but still needs some spoon feeding from Mom to get enough.

Look at the crop. Is it full or just some food in it. When the bird keeps it's crop full it can be considered weaned and the crying is just for the comfort of being fed.

I have had babies that were fully fledged and could feed themselves but begged for food from the adults. My flock raises the babies. Even after their own parents stopped feeding them they would beg Lemone' for food. They were as big as Lemone' so I had to find them their own forever homes to give him a break.

Find something the bird really likes. If it can feed itself something it likes but not enough to fill it's crop it is in transition.
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby coolhady13 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:21 pm

i got my cockatiel at the age of 7 weeks who was never handfeed before .

so would he still look at me like his mother ? because he was fed by his real mother for 7 weeks.

when i took him from the breeder he didnt recognize the syringe as food it took him about 4 days to understand that the syringe is food
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Re: Why you should never buy an UNWEANED baby parrot

Postby liz » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:48 pm

coolhady13 wrote:i got my cockatiel at the age of 7 weeks who was never handfeed before .

so would he still look at me like his mother ? because he was fed by his real mother for 7 weeks.

when i took him from the breeder he didnt recognize the syringe as food it took him about 4 days to understand that the syringe is food




That breeder needs his butt kicked. That is one of the reasons I don't like breeders. He had a sale and took it. A baby not eating for 4 days is dangerouse. He didn't have enough concern for that little life to teach you how to feed it.

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