under weight gc chick
Hi I hope you do not mind me mailing you. I have been looking around your web sit and I am very impressed with it. I am wondering if you would be able to give me some advice, I have a green cheek conure baby and it is now 17 days old. I got the parents back in october from a national bird sale we saw them and fell in love with them. I did not no very much about them, but they produced 5 eggs and 3 were fertile the first egg hatched and they did not feed the chick the following morning I found the chick dead in the box it had not been fed. 3 days later the second egg hatched and I left the chick with mum and dad and I checked it at 7 pm and the chick had not been fed either I called my vet and he recommended that I bring the chick in ( the third egg failed to hatch). I weighed the chick and he weight 4 grams when I bought him in 17 days on and he only weighs 7 grams, he is standing up and starting to walk about a little his claws are growing but he is not gaining weight. I am feeding him on kayte and he is being brooded at 34c, when he came in he was at 36c. I fed him on a mix of 5 to 1 for the first week and fed him every 2 hours around the clock since last wednesday I thought that I would move the feeds to every 3 hours as his crop was not emptying fully after 2 hours and then I give him a 4 hour break from 12 am to 4 am. I feel I am a little stuck so any advice you could give would be received gratefully.