Should My Baby Green Cheek Conure be making any Noise at this age?

by Baiden
(NSW Australia )

We have just purchased an 8 week old green cheek conure, after some research he looks more like a 5 week old and is quite small. We were told that his brothers and sisters have just started to fly and this one is the runt. He seems very shy we were told he is starting on seeds. But he hasn't been interested at all, this is our 2nd day with him and he is having just on 10 ml 3 times a day, he has canary seed, water and some fresh food in his cage. My question ' should he be making any noise' he doesn't make a sound even when feeding, is this normal?

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Feb 10, 2013
Should my baby conure be making a noise at this age
by: Baiden

Hello Linda, and thank you for your comment, but I don't know how you can say he is sick if you haven't seen him, I didn't say he wasn't eating or moving just not making a sound... I don't hunk he is sick... He has between 8 and 14ml suringed feed 3 times a day and it is mixed with a bit of apple which he loves, we have now had him only 3 days so yes we are all getting used to each other, but I will go and get him some organic mix this morning.. I just think he is younger than the 8 weeks we were told he was... He was the only one being hand supplemented (according to the owner) he was the last egg to hatch and his siblings were bigger and stronger. I will keep you updated..

Feb 10, 2013
Should My Baby Green Cheek Conure be making any Noise at this age?
by: Linda

Your bird is most likely sick, and breeder said that about being a runt to keep you from knowing they do not take proper care of their birds. Canary seed is for canaries, so please do not have this parrot eating it.

The handfeeding, if it is being done with baby parrot handfeeding formula, is good for bird, but if he is sick, and I think he is, he will get worse and die.

Please take your bird to an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area and have him thoroughly checked for infections both viral and bacterial. He also needs to be weaned by this time, so once he has been diagnosed and treated by an avian vet, he will need to begin the weaning process. Wean him onto a high quality diet of organic pellets found here with Harrisons being the best. If you cannot get this into your country, find some in your country and wean him onto organic pellets and not seeds. Seeds are a very poor diet for any bird because they have mostly fat with very low quality protein and no vitamins and minerals to speak of.

Your bird is sick, and he will not get well until he has been examined, diagnosed and treated by an avian vet. Do not take to dog and cat vet because they are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and kill more than they help each year.

Find out more about weaning your bird by finding a site on the internet about weaning Green Cheek Conures because it takes time. For now, continue feeding him high quality baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe or spoon with the syringe being preferred because it does not introduce excess gas into their crops. Using a spoon puts more gas than food in the crop and causes bird to be starved.

You can use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird.

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