Weaning Process

by Ibne Adhi
(Pakistan)

I just bought an Alexandrine Parakeet baby, he is just 50 days and currently on Hand Feed Formula 4x20ml a day, the breeder asked me to soak chick peas in water for a night and place in the bird box in the low bowl, as this will teach baby to eat on his own, please advice if this is correct or shall I wait a more to start weaning process moreover I want to know that does weaning could be started with boiled carrots, boiled beans, boiled potato etc ? as in our area parrot pellets are not available

One more question that when shall I move this bird to the cage and when to clip his wings, does clipping huts the bird ? and if not clipped with full wings is it secure for him to stay out of cage

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Feb 19, 2012
Find a breeder in Pakistan to help
by: Tracie

I suggest you find a breeder in your area and get help from them. Find someone who loves their birds and takes good care of them, not a breeder that just raises birds for money. A good breeder in your country will know what is available to feed your bird.

Feb 19, 2012
Weaning Process
by: Linda

Keep your bird on formula ONLY until he is around 3-4 months. At that time, you can begin the weaning process, and I suggest you wean him onto a high quality pelleted diet and leave off the chick peas. You do not want your bird to eat an all seed diet with this and that thrown in because this creates a dangerous imbalance in nutrition.Birds need bird food not people food.

I don't know if you can get them into your country, but the organic pellets Harrison's makes are found here, are highly nutritious with 100% of everything a bird needs to live a long and healthy life. If not, try and find something that is organically grown in your area because your bird needs to go from formula to another high quality diet. The pellets can be soaked a bit at first--not much water, just enough to moisten so bird has easier time of eating them and changed out every two hours as wet mix will go rancid. Continue formula at least 3 times a day and as he eats more food, down to two and so on. Don't be in a hurry as this is a critical time in baby bird's life.

Your bird needs to be examined by an Avian Vet in your area, and wings clipped. Clip just the 4-6 primary flight feathers--the long ones at ends of each wing. Do not cut any higher up. Your bird needs a cage with a playtop on top so he can come out and have something to play with when not with you. If he is fully feathered, he can go into his cage soon.

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Linda

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