baby brown throat biteing own foot

by kimberly
(michigan )

I am hand feeding a baby brown throat conure, and in the past two days his left foot has been jumpy and he has been biting at it. Is there a reason?

For a bit more info, I have hand fed babies for the past eight years, so its not something I'm new at. I am using lafebers hand feeding formula, its what I have always used. I have raised many types of conures, but this is my first experience with a brown throat.
I've read a few things saying this is caused by not enough vitamins, others too much. I need some input please, should I be adding something to the formula? Is this type of formula too rich for the little guy? Should I feed him something else?

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Oct 21, 2010
baby bird biting foot
by: The Avian Vet

If Lafeber has been working for you, then no need to change. NEVER add anything to the formula. I doubt that this is nutritional, Lafeber is a good product. This could be pain related, or neurological. I recommend that you take this bird in to see an avian veterinarian.

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Oct 18, 2010
baby brown throat biteing own foot
by: Linda

If you have been using this formula for a while, and other babies have done well on it, I would not change anything.

What I would do and quickly is take this bird to an Avian Vet to be checked for bacterial infection which is common with baby birds. This is not normal, and could be caused from being too hot too. Make sure you are using heating pad on only one side of fish tank if that is what you are using. If using a brooder, make sure heat is not too much. I recommend only heating one side of enclosure so babies can get out of heat if necessary.

I always used Rowdy Bush formula and like it. Lafaeber's sometimes puts questionable ingredients in their adult bird foods, so read the ingredients and make sure there are not chemicals you would not want birds to have. I recommend organic formulas, and think Rowdy Bush is one, but not sure as it's been years since I last handfed baby birds.

The trip to the Avian Vet is necessary, and if this little fellow tests positive for infection, then the other babies will need to be diagnosed and treated because these infections are highly contageous and are killers of entire nests of babies, so err on the side of caution here.


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