Feeding baby orange winged amazon

by Sandy
(South Africa)

Baby Orange Winged Amazon

Baby Orange Winged Amazon

I have a seven week baby orange winged amazon called Peppa. When can I wean Peppa of his baby formula and start introducing fresh fruit and what fruit and vegetables can I give him and at what age.

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Jan 18, 2013
Feeding baby orange winged amazon
by: Linda

Your Amazon needs to be at least 3 months old before even thinking of weaning. He also needs to be weaned onto organic pellets like Harrison's found here. All seed diets with or without fruit and veggies are starvation diets which causes all kinds of physical issues. This means birds eating all seed diets are sick much more of the time than birds eating a high quality organic pelleted diet.

If you can't get Harrisons into your country, find something similar in your country.No chemicals, no sugars, dyes or preservatives. This will be the main weaning food when baby is ready. Weaning takes time, so be aware that handfeeding will be done all during the weaning period until bird is eating more pellets than formula. This means when weaning starts, keep feeding bird at least 3 times a day. Once bird starts eating instead of playing with food, these feeds can be cut down to two times a day. Weaning takes whatever time it takes because each bird is going to be different.

Make sure veggies are fed in small amounts. Cook any of the hard to digest veggies like carrots. Do not feed potato or any other empty calorie foods and no human foods. Object of weaning is to get bird eating bird food and not human junk food of any kind. With Harrisons, they recommend only the certified organic dark yellow, orange and green veggies and no fruit. Applies are very hard to digest, and I suggest you not feed them at all.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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