- Foster parents for a parrot
- Artificial feeding of a parrot
Defenseless parrot chicks need your care
Those who are involved in breeding parrots at home (read more about this here) sometimes encounter such a problem as the death of the mother of the chicks, or her refusal to feed her offspring. Why the latter happens, and the female parrot refuses to feed the chicks – it is definitely quite difficult to answer. Perhaps she feels that the chicks are not viable, her maternal instincts did not wake up in her, or maybe you were too curious and rushed to take the parrot chick in her arms as soon as he was born … Anyway, you have several or one bird the baby who was left without a mother and who, if you do not try to save him and feed him, will die without your help.
Today, in our publication, we will tell you about how to feed a parrot chick from an early age and consider several possible solutions to this situation …
Foster parents for a parrot
If you want to save the chicks that their mother abandoned, or who were simply orphaned, you can try to put them in a nest for birds of the same type as they who have their chicks, the age of which is the same as the age of your orphans. This is suitable for those involved in breeding parrots and holding not a single pair of birds. In case you no longer have a pair of caring parrot-parents, you can put them to birds of a different species (though you should know that in this case the chances of success are reduced).
The best option for a foster family for orphaned chicks may be Japanese Amadins. There are also cases when necklace parrots took care of feeding nymphs and rosellas, and pink-cheeked lovebirds raised chicks of other species. Find out here about the types of parrots …
As a rule, if the foster family receives the chick, then you will not have problems with feeding him in the future. However, this does not always happen.
If you notice an aggressive attitude towards small parrots from their foster family, called brothers or sisters, it is better to take your parrots from the cage, since aggression can end in bloodshed and the birds just peck the stranger.
Artificial feeding of a parrot
It looks like feeding a parrot
So, if you no longer have birds or they abandoned such an honorable mission, your friends keep Achatina snails, lizards and spiders as pets, and do not get carried away by birds so that the chick or chicks do not die, you will have to feed them yourself, artificially . To say that the task is easy – we will not say, the success of this venture will depend on the will to live with the parrot, as well as on your diligence in terms of implementing our recommendations.
Heated parrot from the first days of life
First of all, you should know that if the parrot has not yet fledged, then it is more difficult to care for it than for already fledged chicks. Such parrots need frequent feedings and additional heating. To heat the chicks, you can use the simplest version of the thermostat. To do this, put a vessel in a small box that has a hinged lid – it can be a bottle with a wide neck, a cast iron or a clay container, from 3 to 5 liters in volume. You will need to fill this capacity with hot water and lower an electric heater into it – you can use an ordinary boiler. After this, the vessel will need to be isolated with several layers of tissue or with the help of dry grass and lay a chick on top of this litter. In order for the water to cool more slowly on the lid of the box itself, you need to put a pillow, which is stuffed with sawdust or hay. In order to circulate air, directly opposite the bed of the nest, it is necessary to make a number of small holes, the diameter of which will be 8-10 millimeters.
It is necessary to constantly monitor the temperature of the water so that the chicks do not overheat, and do not overcool. Since sharp temperature fluctuations and differences can cause them to die.
As the parrot grows older, the temperature can be reduced. Below we give the temperature conditions for the budgerigar chick depending on its age. Such conditions you will need to create in the "nest".
- For parrots from the 1st to the 7th day, the temperature should be 35-40 degrees above zero.
- For parrots from 8 to 14 days – from 30 to 35 degrees above zero.
- For parrots aged 15 to 20 days – the temperature should be 20-25 degrees above zero.
- From the 21st day of life, parrot chicks no longer need additional heating …
Without heating, even with the proper nutrition, the chicks will simply die.
Parrot feeding from the first days of life
It is noteworthy that the feeding of the fledged and non-fledged chick is significantly different. So, fledglings, until the 21st day of life, when they are hungry, they themselves voice and should be fed on demand. But now the fledged parrots give you even more trouble in terms of feeding. The fact is that even when they are hungry, they still do not let you know about it and do not open their mouths. Feeding them should be carried out according to the regime, by the hour and you should be prepared for the fact that the parrot will have to be fed forcefully.
It’s worth feeding the chicks with porridge of millet or semolina semolina porridge, in this porridge you can add a little boiled soft-boiled chicken yolk and 1 drop of fish oil, based on 1 teaspoon of porridge. As a rule, feeding is first carried out with a syringe, and then carried out with a spoon – at first the chicks do not understand what is required of them, but over time they get used to both the syringe and the spoon and even begin to instinctively open their mouths.
When the chicks have already begun to sit on your finger, you can begin to transfer them to cereal feed. To do this, you can boil a thicker porridge, and when the parrots start flying around the cage, you can offer them a choice of both semi-liquid porridge and thick porridge.
After the young parrot acquires flying skills and starts eating on its own, you can transfer it from artificial feeding to natural. More on what parrots eat.
Water for a parrot
Parrot food pyramid
While the chicks are at a young age and eat liquid porridge, it is worth giving them water only on hot days. But, when the parrot grows up and switches to self-feeding, he should always have fresh and clean water in his cage in the drinker.
Vitamins for a Parrot
In order for the parrot to develop normally, it needs vitamins and mineral complexes. So, for example, mineral feed will make sure that the skeleton develops correctly in the bird and the parrot develops fully.
You can add finely grated egg shells or crushed chalk to the parrot’s main food, and drop a few drops of natural freshly squeezed juice into such porridge.
At the same time, pay attention to the fact that the mineral food of a parrot should be given no more than 2-3 times a week, at the tip of a knife – this amount of the additive should be thoroughly mixed with poultry food. More often, adding mineral fertilizing is not worth it. Because, an excess of minerals and vitamins, as well as their deficiency, can lead to irreversible consequences, disrupt the processes of growth and development, and the parrot can begin to hurt and even die. Find out about parrot diseases here.
Video about nestled parrot chicks and their feeding
Today we talked about how to feed a parrot – a chick that was left without parents or which his family refused. We hope that following our advice and recommendations, you can save the life of a small bird. By the way the birds that the man artificially feeds are more tame, easier to train and begin to speak faster than those that grew in the nest, in the company of their parents and other chicks …
And, have you ever encountered a situation where a female parrot refused her chicks? What was the reason for her behavior? Have you ever fed parrots from an early age? Share your experience with us …