baby quaker

by fran

I will be getting a baby qauker soon

how important is it to take him/her to the vet?
what do i feed my baby quaker
The lady said the bird will only be 5 weeks old when i get him/her is that a good age?


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May 07, 2011
by: Anonymous

what do you feed baby quakers is it a pacific food or cooked oat meal

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You do NOT feed people food to birds, if you want them to be healthy. Please read articles on our Parrot Training page like the Switching Birds to Pellets article for one.

Feb 02, 2011
Buying an unweaned bird
by: The Avian Vet

Taking your bird to an avian veterinarian is one of the most important things you can do for your bird. He should be seen within 1 week of coming home and should be seen annually for check ups and vaccines.

You need to ask the breeder to wean your baby on to a pellet diet, preferably Harrison's. This should be 80% of the diet and 20% should be healthy treats.

5 weeks is too young to bring him home. Do not finish hand feeding your bird. No matter what the seller tells you, this WILL NOT make your bird bond with you. IN fact the opposite will happen and you will not be able to handle your bird when it gets about 1 year old. You should wait until it is fully weaned, usually about 8-9 weeks. Please read the Unweaned Baby Parrots article.

Dr B

Feb 01, 2011
baby quaker
by: Linda

DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT take this baby bird until the breeder has weaned it to solid food unless you already know how to handfeed baby parrot formula using a syringe. The weaning age for the Quaker is 8-10 weeks, and that is the BEGINNING of the weaning process as it does not happen all at once.

If you want to go ahead and take it at 5 weeks, and I cannot imagine a reputable breeder selling a baby this young to someone who does not know how to handfeed baby birds, you will have to get them to show you many times how to handfeed safely. Baby parrots eat baby parrot formula mixed according to package directions, heated and fed several times a day with a syringe. One has to know what one is doing or the baby will aspirate formula down the windpipe and develop pneumonia which will simply kill the baby.

As for the Avian Vet, I'd suggest you have the breeder take the bird to an Avian Vet and give you a health certificate BEFORE selling him to you. Otherwise, you will need to take baby into the Avian Vet immediately to be examined for infections or other physical problems. This is not a month later, this is right at the time of purchase. Babies have no immune systems to speak of and will succumb to infections from all the stress of moving. Another thing is the weaning process takes time, and I recommend you get some organic pellets like Harrison's if you are going to do the weaning. The organic pellets provide the correct nutrition for parrots and should be the mainstay of any bird's diet.

To sum up, 5 weeks is too young to take this bird unless you know how to handfeed it. Even supposedly weaned babies will revert back to needing to be handfed when moved as I've seen this time and time again. You have to learn to handfeed, and if this breeder is unwilling to help you, I strongly suggest you find another one in your area. The fact that she is trying to move this baby out too soon sends up warning flags in my mind, and you certainly do not want to watch your baby die because you cannot feed it.

Thanks for writing BEFORE you bought the bird.


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