Budgie owner - feeding baby

by Nancy
(Australia)

Recently we took a baby budgie out of its enclosure to hand tame it for ourselves. It wasn't eating to we decided to put it back with its mother and father, but they won't feed it now. What should we do???

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Mar 07, 2011
Budgie owner - feeding baby
by: Linda

Your baby bird is sick and will have to be examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area. Also, it will die very quickly without food, so hopefully, you are feeding it baby parrot formula with a syringe which is how to feed unweaned baby birds. I don't know what you mean about taking it out of nest to feed it unless you know how to handfeed baby parrots.

Handfeeding is a learned skill, and it takes someone who knows how to do it to show you how to do it and make sure you know how to feed without getting the food too hot or cold and how to keep from aspirating baby by improper feeding with the syringe.

If the baby was not sick, the parents would have continued to feed it, so the bird is sick and will die shortly if not given medical services and fed properly. In future, make sure you weigh your babies EVERYDAY and if one has not gained weight then it means all are sick with some kind of highly contageous infection. Only an Avian Vet can diagnose and treat birds as they have gone to extra years of school and on the job training to learn how to work with exotic animals and birds.

Hope everything turns out okay for this baby. Handfeeding will make parrots more gentle and used to human handling, but only if you have learned what you need to know beforehand.

Linda
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