Artificially Feeding Parrot Chicks

If for some reason the masonry was left without parental care, then you can try to save the chicks of budgerigars by artificial feeding. But you must understand that the chance that you will save the chick by first feeding is much lower than the chance that you will kill him.

If the chick has not yet fledged, it is necessary to create and maintain an optimal temperature and humidity regime. In the nesting place should be about 33 ° C. Such conditions can be created by putting the house on a heating pad or wrapping it in a thermal blanket, while in the house you need to constantly check the temperature in order to avoid overheating. The main thing to remember: overheating will kill the chick in a few minutes, and underheating. in a few hours. To maintain humidity, you need to spray the nesting place with clean water from time to time. Until the 7th day of life of the chick, a specialized mixture is used for feeding the chicks, and if there is no such mixture, then dairy-free baby food (porridge) can be used, which is diluted to the consistency of liquid puree, in addition, a couple of drops of freshly squeezed apple or carrot juice can be added to the mixture , a small piece of boiled egg yolk (passed through a strainer).

To feed the chick, you need to take it in your hand and put it on your back. With a small brush we take a drop of the prepared mixture and put it on the side to the beak of the parrot, if the chick is not very weak, then he will swallow a drop of food. There is another way: we feed the feed into a syringe and slowly squeeze a nestling in the same way on the side of the beak. At a time, you need to feed 1-2 ml of the mixture. Feeding is repeated every half an hour or an hour. If after feeding the chick smeared in porridge, then you need to wipe these places with a cotton swab dipped in chamomile broth. The first days, the chicks can spit on the mixture, because it’s still not goiter milk, but over time, hunger will take its toll and they will get used to eating in this way. You also need to monitor the absorption of food so that it does not stagnate in the goiter. Every day, the amount of mixture and breaks in feeding should be increased. When feeding, it is better not to observe the exact time of feeding, but to feed only when the chick asks, lifting its head and squealing.

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From a weekly age, you can no longer feed the chick at night (from 24 to 6 in the morning). Feeding day should be every 2 hours.

Milk porridge from crushed millet (it should be liquid) is added to the nutrient mixture for 2-week-old chicks of budgerigars, add 1/8 boiled egg (preferably half a quail), rubbed on a strainer, 1/2 tablet of calcium gluconate. Every day porridge is cooked thicker. After a week, you can already add finely grated apple, carrot, beet in turn.

Artificially Feeding Parrot Chicks

From the 20-21st day of the life of the chicks, it is already possible to start accustoming to take food from a spoon, inserted through a net or an open door, transplanting it into a small cage. Moreover, at this age, the budgerigar begins to fledge, he has thermoregulation like an adult, and he no longer needs additional heat. Already at 3 weeks of age, the chick can eat on its own with a spoon. However, it is still advisable to have a syringe ready, as the chick is not yet fully accustomed to independence and may be malnourished.