Baby Greys are sluggish feeders. You will almost always have to wake them up to feed them. When you go to refill a little syringe, they will fall asleep. Feeding time is not my time to nurture and play with the chicks. I go in swiftly and effectively and feed. After feeding, I spend my time wiping infants’ cheeks, washing them, and playing with them. This is my time for nurturing. I couldn’t possible feed 30-40 infants and play at the same time. I’d spend all of my time rousing them and attempting to keep the dinner warm. I feel most at ease feeding using a syringe. If you spend enough time nursing your chicks, whether you feed them with a gavage, a syringe, or a spoon, the chicks will be the same.
African Greys love chilly ambient temperatures and spicy food. I try to maintain the room temperature at 78 degrees as soon as I bring them in. I don’t use brooders; instead, I use Tupperware tubs with shredded newspaper as bedding.
I syringe feed them and get as much food into them as possible at once, without pausing to replenish. If you dally, they get bored and tired. Keeping the meal temperature consistent at 110 degrees seems to be a significant benefit. When a baby refuses to eat, I know it has cooled too much. The two primary reasons of aspiration are chick resistance and extremely thin food. Stop and check the temperature when a chick refuses to eat.
While being hand-fed, chicks go through growth phases. Growth phases are frequently misinterpreted as issues by newcomers. They will be highly busy and not gain as much weight as they did the previous few days, then they will be quite lethargic and gain weight for a few days. Unfortunately, they do not all happen on the same day, so you may believe you have a sick kid when, in fact, it is going through a growth spurt.
Eating habit stages might be problematic. Others vomit up, some let the formula stream out of their mouths, some chew by slapping their beaks together and splattering it all over with hard lips, and some prefer to fling it. They behave as though they are doing you a favor by eating. You can remove practically all of these issues if they learn from the start that they receive all of the food at once. There is no joking around when it comes to feeding time.
On a huge scale, you may produce and hand-feed high-quality pet birds. I can feed these infants in half an hour and then spend an hour playing and snuggling with them.
Nothing is set in stone. There are several paths that may be pursued to achieve the same objectives. Listen, communicate, and collaborate with other aviculturists while being open-minded. We learn something new every day, no matter how long we have been doing this. Each breeder and hand-feeder must be honest about his or her own skills and shortcomings. Understand the strengths and limitations of the birds you look after. Listen to your birds and take in what they have to say.
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