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Species: Blue Crown Conure
By: Thea's Parrot Place

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How To...
Easy Sprouting
Hand Feeding
Feeding & Housing Older Babies

Author: Helga Wilson
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When it comes to hand feeding baby birds there are several things that need to be done before you can start. First get all materials together that you will need so that when those precious little things are ready, you will be too.

You will need:

  • syringes
  • pipette or eyedropper
  • a heating pad
  • clean towels
  • an aquarium (I use the 10 gallon size)
  • bedding for the bottom of the aquarium

Choose your bedding so birds won't have something to chew on; something that won't harm your baby or babies. We use old cotton towels that we place on the bottom off the aquarium then, place several layers of paper towels on the top. It works well and soiled paper towels can be removed at each feeding. The cotton towels can be washed and reused.

You will also need to get a screen top (my husband makes tops for me out of aviary wire.) Use the wire top to support a cotton towel placed over part of the aquarium to keep any curious birds out of the aquarium. Furthermore, it will keep heat in the aquarium. Only partially cover the aquarium so air can still filter in normally to prevent the baby from overheating and suffocating.

You can purchase aquariums from any local shop that specializes in wet pets. Sometimes you can find tanks very cheap if they have a leak. The pet shop can no longer use them for fish and it makes no difference to us if they leak since we aren't using them to hold water.

You will need some feeding syringes appropriate to the size of your bird. I never use a syringe larger then 35 cc since the larger syringes are too hard to work with. Best syringe sizes are from 12 cc to 35 cc.

It is best to use a syringe with at least a ½ inch long smooth tip, preferably a one piece syringe or one with a locking tip. If you feel you need a longer tip on the syringe, use a latex feeding tube rather then a tube extension. Never cut the latex feeding tube longer then the distance from the bird's beak to the middle of its crop. Make sure the feeding tube is securely fixed to the syringe. Recheck syringe and tube periodically. Birds can hang onto the tube and remove the tube from the syringe and swallow it. You are in big trouble if this occurs, as it will require surgical removal by a vet! I therefore only use feeding tubes on very hard to feed birds or very sick birds that have to be force-fed, or when I feed in public to prevent any accidental drowning of a bird if it gets distracted by strangers during feeding.

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Judy Green 6/7/2006 12:24:15 PM - judigre6@aol.com
Hello, I have a green cheek conure and a cinnamon, my green cheeck is a female and other a male, have been sexed, is it ok to breeds thse two, and what ages should they be? I like all your information

louise 6/20/2006 9:26:22 PM - louise22j@hotmail.com
I wonder if you could tell me the temperature that the brooder should be for raising chicks from 2 weeks? thank you! =)

Alicia 6/29/2006 12:29:17 AM - alicia@fulfillmedia.com
I just recently purchased a Jenday Conure. He's 10 week's old. He's still being hand fed. I can see a buldge on his chest, on his right side that won't go away after he empties his crop, is this ok?

Janice McDaniel 7/1/2006 4:17:01 AM - jan48mac@yahoo.com
What a great article. In retrospect, my experience feeding babies, I was doing the right things, but this article tells me why it needs to be done that way.

Robert Lyon 7/6/2006 4:37:41 AM - rbrtwlyon@netzero.com
are hand feeding keets, and tiels the same way., or love birds.

Barbara Rivera 7/22/2006 12:52:30 AM - Riverabe4candles@yahoo.com
Thank you this really helped as I'm justing to feed out a 5 week old Gray. Haven't done this is 20 years. Any extra tips would help Barbara

PAL 7/27/2006 8:24:34 AM - rdamidi@gmail.com
Hi how do i know if babie is sick or healthy.I got 3 week old it droped its wings. Thank You