HandFeeding Baby Parrots

by Linda
(Limestone TN)

I just attempted to answer a question for a lady about how to feed her 2 month old baby parrot, and I decided to come out here and make a general statement about this.
When buying a baby bird who is still being handfed, get the breeder/store manager to show you how to do this.Also always feed a handfeeding formula of the highest quality.Handfeeding baby parrots is a "learned" skill, and no one should leave a breeding facility/store without being shown how to do this several times.They need to take you through process of mixing formula, heating formula now much to feed how many times a day for specific species and correct way to do this.If you have a bird like this and received no instructions, do a search on the internet titled "handfeeding baby parrots", and many useful links will come up for you.Handfeeding baby birds properly is critical to their health and well-being.Improperly fed baby parrots can be victims of aspiration into their lungs, not getting enough food at the correct temperature.Too hot food can burn their crops.Too cold food will not digest properly and cause major problems.
PLEASE ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS WHEN BUYING AN UNWEANED BABY PARROT. THE BREEDER/STORE IS OBLIGATED TO SHOW YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO DO THIS CORRECTLY.YOUR BIRD'S LIFE DEPENDS ON YOU KNOWING HOW TO DO THIS, AND IT TAKES PRACTICE PLUS BEING SHOWN CORRECT WAY TO DO IT.
Any breeders/stores who refuse to show you how to do this need to be walked away from.I suggest NOT buying birds from pet stores anyway as they are usually sick from stress and being fed improper food or from people not knowing how to do it correctly.Traci has a list of breeders out here, so check them out and ask for help BEFORE the sale and after the sale if having problems with handfeeding.

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com has a great organic handfeeding formula as well as pellets and birdy bread to help with weaning.Traci also carries it out here.

Also, take a new bird to Avian Vet immediately to check for infections and/or parasites.Baby birds are commonly infected with bacterial infections in the nest, so please do right by your new friend, and you'll be extremely happy you did.

I do not understand people who would sell a baby parrot to a person without training them to handfeed their new bird and being on-hand for after sale support too.Do your homework BEFORE you buy your bird.Read everything you can find about parrots' general care, and if thinking of buying an unweaned baby, read up on handfeeding as well. If your baby parrot is not fed correctly from day one, it can mean losing your bird for many reasons.Starvation is one, infections is another, burned crops are horrible as are crops that can't diget what is put into them. PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE BUYING, AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE YOU BUY FROM TEACH YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HANDFEEDING BABY PARROTS.WALK AWAY FROM ANYONE NOT WILLING TO EDUCATE YOU AS THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR BIRD, JUST YOUR MONEY!
Linda

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May 25, 2009
unweaned
by: Lori

I agree with the above comments. It should be against the law to sell an unweaned baby. I don't think handfeeding adds anything to the bonding experience. I have 3 birds one was 5 years old, one was 6 months old and I was her 4th owner and then I finally got a baby conure when he was 3 months and fully weaned. The breeder made me wait a month so that she was sure he was fully weaned. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. They are all happy healthy and very loving birds and totaly bonded with me. I urge everyone not to buy from breeders who sell unweaned babies. They are irresponsible and greedy.

May 25, 2009
Unweaned baby
by: Anonymous

I don't think you should buy a baby who isn't fully weaned. Its to dangerous to the baby. And I can't see the point anyway.
I got a 9 year old quaker through a rescue and she is the sweetest thing ....you just need to get their trust. And they will give you all the love you can handle.
A breeder who would sell you an unweaned baby is probably in it for the cash, and thats a horrible reason to breed.
Its people like that that give reputable breeders who care about their birds a bad name.

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