my baby rainbow lorikeets are regurgitating food while i feed it

my 4 week old baby lorikeets are regurgitating a little bit of their food between each spoon full i give them they seem to be alright they have been doing it for 2 days now but still seem alert and energetic i have bred rainbow lorikeets for 2 years now and have never experienced this before please could you give me some advice on what i have done or what i am doing wrong

thanks alex

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Mar 16, 2010
by: Laura

I have a baby Lorikeet and it doesn't like the soringe it freaks out and is unsettled until you remove it
It loves the spoon cause it is easy asses and can eat as much as it wants
although my bird might be abit older then yours i am sure that its just eating to much as long and it is keeping its weight it should be alright

Jul 31, 2009
Lorikeets regurgitating
by: The Vet

It is possible they have an infection. Are they maintaining their weight? I recommend taking them to an avian veterinarian for cultures and an exam.

Dr B

Jul 23, 2009
by: Linda

Alex, sounds like they are just taking too much in at one time and having to spit up some of it. That or the food is too thick or not warm enough. Question, why do you not use syringes? It is easier to feed babies using them when you have the kind with the tip that sticks out from the syringe. Also, there is no air introduced into baby's crop like using spoons.

If the food is too cold, this was also make them not want to swallow all of it, so make sure it is warmed up some and not too thick--since you're not new to this, you are most likely warming it. When you have multiple babies, it does get cold by the last one. If using microwave, be extremely careful of "hot spots", and always put you finger in it and stir it up some to make sure no hot spots are there.

If your babies are not gaining weight everyday, this could indicate a bacterial infection which is quite common in nestlings. You may wish to take them to an Avian vet in your area to make sure they are in good health. If they are all gaining a little each day, then there is probably not a problem there.If you do take them in, also take in some of their formula, and vet will most likely be willing to show you how to handfeed using a syringe if you are interested in it. Once I started using the syringe, it was so much easier and faster to get babies fed. It also keeps the food warmer longer.

I'd also slow down some while feeding, as more comes out of a spoon than with the syringe which can be better controlled. Feeding with a syringe is a learned skill, so either have vet or another breeder show you how. There is always a chance for aspiratating food if you are not sure how to do this. I worked in a store years ago where I'd have up to 30-35 babies to feed each day, most several times a day. Babies all species, sizes and temperaments.

Hope I have helped you some, and keep us posted on if they do better with a little thinning of the mix and taking the feeding slower.

Thanks for writing and hope all goes well with your sweet little babies!

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