Alexandrine Chick died at 6 weeks old

by Carol
(New Zealand)

I have a pair of Alexandrines who have bred 2 chicks for the first time. I have found one dead today at 6 weeks old. Why would it die now?

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Feb 11, 2013
health matter
by: Anonymous

i have one month old alexandrine parrot he is eating infant food but his litter is very dilute and white in colour is it harmful ??

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Oct 25, 2012
Alexandrine Chick died at 6 weeks old
by: Linda

Unless you had both parents examined by an Avian Vet only before breeding, it is likely the parents may have passed on some type of infection to the babies. Also baby birds have to be weighed every single day using a gram scale. If even one baby does not gain weight every single day, an infection is present, and they can't hold their own against infections because they are too small and weak.

Before you breed this pair again, have both parents checked for infections or other physical issues. There is also a possibility baby birds are not being fed enough especially if parent birds are either borderline sick or are eating all seed diets. All parrots need to be eating a high quality organic pellet like Harrisons because the seed diets with or without fruit and veggie supplements or synthetic vitamins is starvation. Babies from this pair will be weak and likely to die from infections or organ failure.

Here is article about how to go about changing from seeds to pellets, and organic pellets are the only ones not full of chemicals which kill birds.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Make no changes in diet until both birds have been examined and either cleared or treated for infections. Take out nestbox after this because it takes a year or more to get birds into correct breeding health.Also, take the last baby in with them unless it is already dead.

Linda

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