Baby eclectus vomiting/regurgitating formula

by Emily
(Vic, Australia )

Hi, my baby eckie (1-2 months old) is regugitating/vomiting some of her food. She does this about 20mins after each feed. I'm currently spoon feeding her 3 times a day and she eats really well. This has been happening for about 3 weeks. She appears to be growing normally, with healthy looking eyes and pin feathers. She is very noisy, which I am told is unusual after a feed. Please help, I'm really worried!! Thanks

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Aug 11, 2011
Re: Linda
by: Emily

Ha this is my second time writing back, hope it works!!! Basis of my last reply: I've syringe fed before and it would be my preference. Was just following on from the method used by the breeder. I think you could be on the money with the syringe feeding idea, she does eat really really fast from the spoon!!! If she continues to vomit I will take her to an avian vet..... Not sure of infection though as her eyes are clear, she seems calm and her poo is normal... And I would swear she grew these beautiful blue/purple feathers overnight!!!

Thanks so much for your help

Emily :)

Aug 11, 2011
Re: Linda
by: Emily

Thanks Linda, this is actually the first time I've spoonfed, was just following on from the method the breeder was using. I'll give syringe feeding a shot, think you could be on the money as she eats super fast from the spoon!! She seems to vomit a bit less now than even a few days ago, doesn't really show any other signs of infection as her eyes look clear and her poo appears normal... If she is still vomiting after a syringe feed I'll find an avian vet :)

Would swear she grew some beautiful new blue/purple feathers between Tuesday and today!!!

Thanks so much for your fast reply!

Emily

Aug 10, 2011
Baby eclectus vomiting/regurgitating formula
by: Linda

Your baby may very well have an infection and is in need of a trip to an Avian Vet in your area. Baby birds are prone to bacterial infections and this would cause the vomiting and abnormal behavior after eating. Also, we spoon fed our babies back in the olden days before the wheel was invented so to speak, and found that bird's crops accumulate quite a bit of gas from this way of feeding. Using a syringe is a bit more tricky, but once you get the hang of it, there is no gas bubbles formed in the crop which means baby can eat what he's supposed to without problems. The gas bubbles take up crop space which means your baby may still be hungry but there is no more room in his crop because of gas. This would make him try and eat more and vomit it up a while later.

Feeding with a syringe is usually a learned skill, and I suggest you ask Avian Vet about it when you are there with your baby bird. They may be able to show you how to do it or might know of a breeder closeby who can show you how. The danger using the syringe, if you are not adept, is aspirating the baby with food down the windpipe. What prevents this is to put syringe tip into left side of baby's mouth and only inject small amounts of food at a time. Make sure baby has safely swallowed before adding more food. Normal healthy babies will do this quickly when they are hungry, but always be careful not to put too much food at a time in a small mouth.

Let us know what avian vet has to say because if your baby has an infection it will not get over it without diagnosis and treatment with an avian vet.

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Thanks Much for writing,
Linda

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