is there a breeder near Ames, IA willing to take me under their wing?
Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:51 AM
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 02:51 PM
For younger babies, I just feed them a bit at a time. Little squirt, let them eat it, little squirt, let them eat, etc. Each bird has its own rhythm. Too fast and they will aspirate, too slow and they can suck air, and get frustrated.
I also read Kaytee is very bad, and I would avoid that. Maybe try Zupreem, as I believe that is more readily available?
I also prefer syringes, because you can control how much the bird is being fed.
I tried to find a video closest to how I feed...
YouTube - Handfeeding Baby Lovebirds
YouTube - Caring for Parakeets : Hand Feeding a Parakeet
Hope that helps!
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 03:57 PM
Try going to birdbreeders.com to find breeders in your area. Give 'em a call, tell them what's going on, and see if they'll work with you. If anything they should be happy to meet you somewhere and show you on one of your own babies. Or you might get lucky enough to visit them and see what they do. Just be sure to wash your hands and take a shower immediately afterwards, as other breeders could potentially carry some unknown virus/disease.
Please do not use Kaytee. I use Zupreem Embrace Plus for conures and up. What kind of birds are you hand feeding? Here is a discussion from our very own BirdBoard about the various types of formulas:
I also have found that a simple syringe is the best way to go. It lets the babies taste the food, which they love, and lets them eat at their own pace. Make sure the temperature is perfect- most babies do well with it around 104-108. NO higher, as that could cause crop burn. Any lower than 100 could cause slow crop.
Put the syringe through the baby's LEFT side of the beak. I face mine sideways towards my right hand to make it easier for both of us. Make sure to wipe the formula off their faces afterwards, otherwise it hardens and can be terribly tough to get off. Get a thermometer/hygrometer and monitor the temperature of the brooder. Some babies don't need the heating pad because it is warm in the room and they can keep each other warm. Some do need it. It's all about your environment.
You can always go to drsfostersmith.com for formulas. It will help knowing the species of bird you are raising.
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Posted 10 June 2010 - 02:24 PM
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