Can mama bird be too rouch

by David Carter
(Corvallis, OR)

Mid January, 3 y/o mama cockatiel laid 5 eggs.
Papa (age 21) sat on them most of the time.

Two hatched - 4 days apart. Papa was feeding for first week. Papa just died. Mama bird depressed, left two baby birds. Youngest one just perished.

We went to a pet store, bought extract, and we have been successful at feeding, keeping warm, etc. the one chick left.

One eye is beginning to open.

Mama now coming down to bottom of cage and cleaning baby, but seems fairly rough about it.

We take baby and feed every four house.

Mom on occassion with spit up a seed and feed baby, tnen, pick at babies wings until baby wiggles and chirps (as if to say ouch).

Can mother bird be a danger to baby bird at this point?

Thank you , David Carter, Corvallis

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Feb 14, 2012
Can mama bird be too rouch
by: Linda

Yes, she can be too rough, and this breeding is wrong anyway. Mother birds ALWAYS sits on the eggs and feeds the babies, and the male guards them. In this case, this female is not fit to breed for whatever reason. The fact that male died indicates you have infection in your birds which may be why she does not feed. Sick birds produce sick babies. All breeders have to be examined by an Avian Vet before breeding to make sure parents are healthy.

Right now, the mother and baby need to be taken to an Avian Vet in your driving area and examined for infections. Both will die otherwise. Also, you need to be handfeeding baby parrot formula and not some extract.

So, take both to Avian Vet, get baby parrot handfeeding formula found here or in most pet stores and ask vet how much and how often to feed. Before you do anymore breeding, please learn what you need to know before because this is the result of sick birds being bred by someone who does not know what they are doing.

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