Single Lonely Cold Baby Lovebird

by Pam Hlaing
(Salt Lake City, UT)

I have to pull this only hatched bird from the mother bird since she's not feeding and the bird kept falling out... now she's in a brooder alone... I am a bit worried. I kept the heating pad temperature around 83... is there anything i can do not to make her feel lonely? she doesn't have any siblings... she's day 11 now... i handfed her since day 1... she's taking food very well... this is my first baby bird... please help...

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Oct 27, 2011
Single Lonely Cold Baby Lovebird
by: Linda

Hopefully you're feeding high quality baby parrot handfeeding formula. Keep bird in brooder until the feathers are in and then your bird can be put into something like a fish tank with a heating pad taped on outside on one end only. That way bird can either be down at the warmed end or not. Until feathers are in, continue to keep bird in the brooder.

You should be feeding at least 4 times a day, so your little bird is getting socialization and warm feelings from you. Make sure bird is being weighed everyday with a gram scale. Baby birds should be gaining weight everyday. If they don't, it means baby is sick with infection. Baby birds have to be examined and treated for infections quickly or they die. There is no immune system with which to fight infections, and they just lay down and die.

Since the mother rejected this baby, it would be a great idea to have it examined by an Avian Vet right now. It could be baby does have infection and mother sensed this and rejected it.

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