Urgent!! help please please indian redneck hand feeding

by chAnice
(south africa)

I just got mY indian redneck parakeet yesterday we think he's about 4 weeks he has all his feathers! But doesn't have his flight feathErs!! He is nodding his head up and down all the time and I am concerend as to if it might be a disease by anychance?? I'm also having trouble getting him to eat his formula!! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! As well how do I ween him onto solids and how old must he be before he'll start eating solids??? Help please please please

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Nov 13, 2012
Urgent!! help please please indian redneck hand feeding
by: Linda

Yes, you need to take him to Avian Vet ONLY to be weighed and checked for infections which are common with baby birds being moved around.

Yes, he needs to be handfed baby parrot handfeeding formula and cannot be weaned before he is at least 3 months old. Weaning is a process, so do a search on the internet about weaning your Indian Ringneck. What I mean by process is it takes as long as it takes, and you'll need to continue feeding baby several times a day until he gets the hang of feeding himself. So, go find answers from breeders on the internet about how to begin weaning which you won't need to know for a couple of more months. This time period is critical for your bird. If he's not treated for infection and fed properly, he will die, and it's as simple and as horrible as that.

If your bird has an infection, he will die because they do not feel like eating when sick. Also, hopefully, whoever you got bird from gave you some basics about handfeeding. The formula has to be very warm or it will rot in the crop and kill baby. It also has to be fed up to 4 times a day, and for a bird this size, I'd say 20 to 30cc's. Avian Vet can tell you exactly.

He is bobbing his head because he is needing to eat. Baby birds this young do not last long without proper food and any infections being treated. Do not delay finding an Avian Vet because you're going to lose this baby if you keep waiting on getting him the medical services he needs. I discourage taking baby parrots this young because unless you are experienced in handfeeding and knowing signs of illness, babies sometimes die. Don't let this be one of those times. You are here asking for help, and we are giving you all the help we can. No one on the internet can diagnose your bird's illness nor can they show you how to properly handfeed him. An Avian Vet can do all this and more, so find one in your driving area and get your bird to them quickly. Baby birds lose ground very quickly and also die very quickly without the services of a licensed and trained avian vet. Let us know how it goes unless you are planning on letting him die. In that case, we'd rather not hear about it.

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Nov 13, 2012
Handing Feeding
by: morales329

This is the reason why I never took one this young, not that its bad but I get mixed messages, some people say you should because it helps with growing a strong bond, then I read in some websites that you should not, especially if you are not trained or have someone overseeing your progress. I don't know, but I can't visually see what you are doing, I went through that years ago, you may want to take your first visit to the VET and properly have your bird evaluated over all and have the vet show you what to do and look for and what is considered normal OR go right back to where you got the bird from and show them a feeding or have them do a feeding and RE SHOW YOU, your bird is very fragile still and needs the proper care all around. I am sure you are trying your very best and rightfully CONCERNED. I'm sure others with more experience will answer your questions in a few. But don't let this go another day, you have to get your info!

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