Perching on my finger.

by Madison
(Lake in the Hills IL)

I've been visiting my new baby lovebird the past couple of weeks (he's to young to come home) and i was wondering should i start putting him on my finger or just holding him in my hand? He's about five weeks old. Thanks for the help!!!!

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Aug 29, 2009
thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the advice. I'll keep working with him until he gets it and let you know how it goes.

Aug 29, 2009
baby
by: Anonymous

Congratulations on your new baby to be. As he is still very young and clumsy, I would hold him in my hands. You could try perching, but have your hand on something like a table top in case he falls off!!! It takes a while for babies to learn the art of perching. Also, when you first bring him home, I would keep all perches low at a safe level to see how it goes, then move higher as he gains strength and confidence. This is what I did with my recently acquired baby conure, and it worked great and we had no falls or accidents.

Aug 28, 2009
Perching
by: Linda

Since he is still so young, just hold him.

What you need to do is to learn how to handfeed him for when he comes home. It is not easy, and you need breeder or store to show you what they are feeding, how to mix it up, what temperature it is heated to, how to feed with the syringe. Ask them to allow you to do the feeding and let them show you how a couple of times, and then get the feel for it.

The reason for learning to handfeed is that even weaned babies revert back to infantile bahavior once they are moved to a new place. They will stop or slow down eating the food they have weaned onto and begin crying for you to feed them with baby parrot formula and a syringe. You have to learn how to do this, buy some RoudyBush or whatever type they are feeding and appropriate sized syringes with tips to feed baby with. Lots of time, babies just need a good feed in the morning and one at night while they eat their weaning food during the day. You will want to be able to do this if it becomes necessary, so let them teach you how to do it, get a few supplies, and then you'll be able to do it for him when he comes home and feels like being a little bitty baby some more. It is common so BE PREPARED.

The other thing, is to get him a high quality organic pellet like Harrison's, so he won't ever have to be weaned off an all seed diet which is unhealthy. Tracie carries the Harrisons, the Golden Feast and Harrisons Birdy Bread Mix which is a highly nutritious treat or weaning food for baby. She also carries handfeeding formula, and you can get syringes the right size from your vet or at a feed store. Have people who are feeding your bird show you everything about it, and they may be able to give you a syringe or two.

Once baby is home, take him to an Avian Vet for a checkup to make sure he has no infections or other problems. Moving is stressful, and sometimes even older birds get sick from it, so your baby will be very susceptible for a while.

Congratulations on your new bird, and read and study about him as well as learning about the correct cage, perches, toys and how to hand feed him and keep him healthy as he grows.

Let us know how it goes and post a pix later on.

Linda

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