Alexandrine Chick and hand raising

by charlene

What is best age to take an Alexandrine Chick from the nest to be hand raised?

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Nov 28, 2011
Alexandrine Chick and hand raising
by: Linda

If the Mother is feeding the chick(s), jump up and down for joy and leave them in the nest for their Mother to finish them out. When it is time to wean, please wean baby onto organic pellets found here instead of all seed diet.

It would also be a good idea to get parents changed over, and below is an article about how to go about the change as it takes time with birds already eating seeds. With your baby, it will be much easier to get him started off right. There are a few kinds of the organic pellets found here, and you may want to take a look.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

As for taking the baby for handfeeding, instead you may want to just get baby out a couple of times a day to be very gently petted and talked to. This will do just as good a job of taming him down as handfeeding and is much more pleasant.

One caution here and that is to NOT handle the baby for a couple of hours after Mother has fed him. Full babies can vomit up their food if taken out and handled too soon after being fed.

If you still want to handfeed him, wait until he is fully feathered so he does not get a chill. I've fed so many baby birds that I'd just allow the Mother to do the work. By the way, only breed your pair one time a year to keep from killing your hen. Each clutch takes a lot out of a hen physically, and one nest a year is a good rule of thumb to keep her in good condition.


Nov 28, 2011
Hand feeding bird
by: Tracie

I don't know the answer but Linda, another lady that answers questions here, might know. You can read what our avian vet feels about hand feeding by reading our To Wean or Not To Wean article.

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