Sun Conure baby hand feeding questions

how much should I feed my 7 week old sun conure and how many times a day should I feed it?

I have 7 week old sun conure I got him/her three days ago from a pet store the lady said it was around 7weeks now-she said I should feed the bird around 6hours apart(hand feed) and I did that on the first day but the bird did not stop crying on the second day around 12pm when I had fed it (rio is the birds name) around 8am so I saw rio's crop was empty and gave it a full feed and then fed him/her at 8pm that evening

I am not sure if I am feeding this bird right he is crying a lot except when we put a hot water bottle in his cage rio just sleeps then.. I'm just worried about when and how much to feed the bird and also when it should begin to talk or play tricks? Thanks so much for any answers

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Nov 24, 2014
Read all you can about conures
by: Tracie

Yes, read all you can about conures. Understand that you need to feed them a high quality pellet diet. Know that females can start laying eggs, even though there is no male. If your bird is eating cheap food, it may become egg bound and die.

Please read the articles on our Parrot Training page for help with your bird.

Nov 23, 2014
I need it too for my baby sun conure
by: Tianna

I have a baby sun conure 7day old and we are trying to get used to it since this is the first time do you have a tips for ME!!!!!

May 23, 2011
Sun Conure baby hand feeding questions
by: Linda

Okay, first of all let me say that my comments here are meant to help you, so with that out of the way here goes.

First thing is to take this bird to an Avian Vet, and that is do it immediately! ALL birds coming from pet stores are already sick, and babies will quickly die because they have no immune system built up to fight an infection. While at the Avian Vet's, ask them how much he should be eating, how often because it depends on the bird and if he is sick or not. Your bird sounds sick, so please do not delay the trip to ONLY an Avian Vet in your driving area. Dog and Cat vet cannot diagnose or treat parrots as they are not licensed or trained to do so and sometimes kill birds with wrong diagnosis and wrong dosage of meds.

Once bird has been examined by Avian Vet, feed him only using a syringe. If you have not been trained to do this, get avian vet to show you how and have them sell you the correc sized syringes. Use only baby parrot handfeeding formula found here and in online and physical pet stores. Make sure food is always warm enough, not so hot it burns your arm when you test it on yourself, but warm enough not to sour in baby's crop. Here, again, ask the avian vet about all of this before this baby dies.

Keep your mouth off your bird as humans carry many deadly forms of bacteria, and kissing your bird or even allowing your bird in your face and breathing on it can cost it its life. This is true for adults as well.

As for when it will start talking and doing tricks, you are getting very much ahead of your self here. Until this baby has been diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet, there will be no tricks, talking or living for that matter. Get him to an avian vet as quickly as you can get there.

The rest will come later, after you've done the work you should have already learned how to do. All new birds have to be examined by an avian vet the first few days because ALL of them coming from pet stores are already sick with some kind of infection.

Your baby does not need feeding during the night if you are feeding it correctly during the day with the correct food. This is for you to find out from avian vet and fast!

Good luck and hopefully this baby will survive in spite of you not having a clue as to what you should be doing before you got him. Please do not wait to get to avian vet so you can get him any meds he may need and to learn how and what to handfeed and how often.

Thanks for writing,

May 23, 2011
lots of learning to do
by: Anonymous

First of all, this baby looks WAY younger than 7 weeks old. It could very well be only 5 or 6. Did you get a birth certificate when you purchased this bird?? My sources from the info I am about to tell you comes from the fact that I have worked 3+ years selling baby parrots and have gone through all the ropes of handfeeding and proper growth and nutrition.
Handfeeding can mean life or death of the baby bird. Without proper training, the bird could either starve, or end up with some kind of crop infection. The temperature of the formula needs to be just right as well as the consistancy of the formula. Too thin can result in a "liquid" diet for baby which will do nothing for his growth and health, and too thick can form crop stasis, which is when food will not empty out of the crop and just ferment in his crop and cause a whole handful of problems. How much are you feeding baby at a feeding also? Are you logging it in a journal in CC amounts? Are you weighing him everyday on a gram scale in the morning? If baby is not gaining weight there is a problem. A baby of his size should probably get no more than 20cc of formula in the morning, cut it down to about 12-15cc in the afternoon, and another 20cc at night. When baby begins refusing his afternoon feedings (usually around the 7 week age mark) then cut it down to twice a day..morning and nighttime. The reason why I say your baby looks younger than 7 weeks is because these birds typically wean at the age of 8-11 weeks old, and at this point are fully feathered and loose the "begging" stance that your baby appears to be giving in your photo. I would go back to that pet store and confirm your baby's age with proof of a certificate and ask them for a copy of the feeding charts. Please make sure your baby is not in a cage yet as well, for babys cannot grip perches and navigate to their food dishes as easily as adults and can take a fall. We use glass tanks with a screen cover with toys and perches inside, usually lined with paper towels and a cloth. Always make sure you are offering baby at all times of the day some fresh fruits and veggies to pick in a shallow bowl, as well as softened pellet diet, such as Harrisons. And water of course. Just because you are handfeeding does NOT mean you deprive him of learning how to forage for food on his own. Softened food should be replaced every few hours to prevent bacterial growth.
Teaching hand feeding over the internet is nearly impossible so like I said I would suggest going back to the pet store and get the proper information on your bird, and then bring your baby to an avian vet right away, where there they can asses your bird and create the best feeding schedule for baby. GOODLUCK and always research as much as you can before purchasing a non-weaned baby bird, it is a big responsibility and the life of your baby depends on you.

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