My Baby Galah

by Carissa
(Australia, NSW)

My baby Galah won't stop screaming/crying and we don't know what to do. We've tried putting him in bed (putting a cover over his cage), patting him (which he doesn't mind, he's very friendly) and feeding him but he still screams. What can we do and what do you think it means?

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Jan 16, 2012
My Baby Galah
by: Linda

You did not say how old your baby is. If he is less than 6 months old, then he needs to be handfed using baby parrot formula with a syringe. Cockatoos and Macaws are large birds and breeders wean then way too soon. In the wild, mother birds feed their babies up to their first year while teaching them how to forage for food (weaning).

So, if your bird is less than six months old, it is crying to be fed like the baby it is. If bird is older than six months and eating a healthy diet, then he may be sick. Please find an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area and have him examined for infections or other physical problems.

Have the avian vet weigh bird to see if weight is right. Lots of baby birds who appear to be weaned, revert back to needing to be handfed when moved from their known environment to a new place. A feeding or two a day for a little while will do it.

Also, type of cage, perches and environment bird lives in can be a problem. Cage needs to be large enough so bird can spread wings completely out and flap without hitting sides of cage. If cage is too small for that, Cockatoos, lose their minds in smaller cages. Perches need to be safe wood natural branch perches to help feet and legs feel better. Birds also need a quiet, dark place to sleep at night and need around 12 hours. If your bird stays up all hours, then it is not getting enough rest which makes bird cranky from being tired.

If you suspect bird is either sick or in pain, you have to take him to the Avian Vet to be examined. There is a reason for the constant screaming, and it would be best for the bird to find out what is wrong quickly.

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