hand feeding green cheeks

by Amy
(york sc)

How often do baby Green Cheeks at the age of 3wks get fed ? ,and how much

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Apr 07, 2013
Hand feeding baby green cheeks
by: Tracie

I do not see that I "jumped" down anyone's throat. As you said, the OP did not give much information. So when in doubt, I say go in favor of potentially saving the poor bird's life. ;-) I provided an article written by an avian vet, in fact.

Nothing ugly was said. If you had been answering questions here since 2006, as I have because this is my website, then you would know that people post questions and rarely will answer back if we ask for clarification. Thus, when a bird's life may be at stake I give information to help the bird.

Maybe you have some past references where you have been hurt by people's words so you read my words as being ugly to this person. I suggest you go back and read again and you will see I did not attack the person, but educated them in case they had just been given or sold an unweaned bird and had no clue how to care for it.

Blessings, Tracie

Apr 06, 2013
Wow- what a way to jump to conclusions
by: Anonymous

The O.P.'s question was very vague, did not even state she had a baby, just a simple question, perhaps she's asking for future references, perhaps she is reading up on how to properly breed and hand feed and just had a simple question, but instead you all jump down her throat and act like she's bought an unweaned baby bird w/out even knowing if she did or not. I sure hope you all aren't breeders, because I am and YOU are two people I would never want to speak to about breeding.

yes I am against buying unweaned babies, I'm even Leary of selling out of nest to experienced hand feeders, but I would never jump to the conclusions that you all are, just by a simple 1 line question, I would of ASKED other questions though to see if she even had a bird, Heck I've been breeding birds for several years, I found this post by googling "how often to feed green cheek conures" because I was curious as to how other breeders do it, I know how to do it been doing it for years but I like to keep my self educated so I was browsing the net to see how others do their hand feeding, because no matter how experienced you think you are, you can always learn new tips or tricks from others.

Jan 15, 2013
hand feeding green cheeks
by: Linda

I am the Linda Tracie mentioned, and I recommend you get this bird back to wherever he came from before he's dead. Three weeks is too young to be sold or given away, and only an unscrupulous pet store or breeder would have done this. Baby parrots have to be fed baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe. This is a learned skill, and a novice with no training will kill the bird right away.

So, regardless of what you paid for him, you are not going to be able to do this. I suggest you get with a breeder, take your bird with you, and learn how to handfeed it, how much, how often and basically how to feed with the syringe without choking the baby bird to death.

Sorry the answer is not what you may have wished for. I wish all the breeders who continue to breed more birds than they can take care of would simply go out of business for good of the birds and the poor people who get them. An ethical breeder will be happy to teach you how to handfeed before you take your bird home. Uncaring breeders will sell you the bird knowing they will die within a few days or a week at the most.

For all of you reading this, do not take a baby bird unless it is weaned. Even then, they tend to revert back to needing to be handfed when moved to a new home from stress. So, if buying a young parrot, you must know how to handfeed baby parrot formula using a syringe. You have to know how hot to get it, how much to feed and how often to feed it. You have to be trained to do this before you can do it, so do not get a baby bird. Always go for the older bird who is very much weaned. An older bird makes just as good a pet because most of the larger birds live from 75 to 100 years. This means a bird a year or two old is still just a baby for those of you who insist on having a baby bird. They come with lots of work involved, and you need to know exactly what to do with them before taking them home. Babies don't eat worms, human food, dog food, cat food or any of that. They can only digest baby parrot handfeeding formula period.

Thanks for writing,

Jan 12, 2013
hand feeding baby green cheeked conures
by: Tracie

Linda, an experienced breeder that answers questions on this site, will likely know the answer to this but you really need to just return the bird to whoever you got it from if you already have the bird.

If you are thinking about getting an unweaned bird, then don't. The reason people sell unweaned birds to people that have no clue how to care for them, is because they just want money. Their birds are likely unhealthy and diseased, so the babies are not healthy either. They know the baby may not live through your hand feeding it and don't care.

Please read this To Wean or Not To Wean article that an avian vet wrote.

It is one thing to sell an unweaned bird to someone experienced in hand feeding, knows all the emergencies that can come up and have an avian vet that is available 24/7. If you don't know how to care for an unweaned bird and don't have both the relationship with an avian vet and the money to take the bird there in the middle of the night, then you shouldn't take the bird.

Also, if this bird and it's parents have not been examined by an avian vet, you can almost be sure the bird is not healthy or bred properly.

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