How To Take Care Of A Baby Bird At Home? (FAQs)

What temperature will my growing babies require?

This is not a fixed value since changing environmental circumstances and different species have varying temperature requirements. If you are simply caring for one child, you will need to maintain a greater temperature than if you have two or more children since they will help keep each other warm. The majority of cockatoos can tolerate lower temperatures for longer periods of time than other species, such as greys and amazons.

The Palm is an exception to this rule since it must be kept at a greater temperature for a longer period of time. After the first 6 or 7 days, you may normally begin lowering the temperature by one degree every few days after that, but you should follow the lead of the infants. They could feel a little more comfortable if they snuggle together like this. If they don’t talk to each other and/or pant, they will overheat. They need to only sleep somewhat near to one another and ought to quickly consume their meals.

Must I wait for the babies crop to empty before I feed it again?

No, this is not always the case; in most cases, there will still be some food in the crop when it comes time for the subsequent feeding. This is irrelevant so long as there is just a little amount involved. If there is a considerable amount, you could be giving too much food, or you might be able to extend the time that passes between feedings. Before you start freaking out about having an issue, you should give one of the possible solutions a go. Having said that, the crop always has to be cleared fully throughout the night. If this is not the case, then either the baby’s temperature is too low or the meal is too thick.

How old will my breeding pair have to be to start laying fertile eggs?

The answer to this question varies depending on the species. The youngest age at which I have heard of a Galah (Roseate Cockatoo) laying is just under 12 months old, and the youngest age at which I have heard of a Moluccan Cockatoo laying is two years old; however, the average ages at which these species lay eggs are two years and four years old, respectively.

The average age of a grey is at least four years, and some are much older than that. The average age at which Amazons and Senegals and other related species reach sexual maturity is between 3 and 4 years. Pionus will often begin to reproduce between the ages of 2 and 3. Macaws when they are around 6 or 7 years old.

Why has my breeding pair of Hawk-heads stopped laying? It seems to be since I placed another pair 2 flights away.

The introduction of a second pair into the area will be the root of the problem, particularly in the event that the first pair consisted of wild-caught specimens. Birds that have been reared in captivity do not seem to have the same problems. They spend a significant amount of time engaging in a rivalry with one another and shouting.’ The only solution is to relocate one set of people so that they are out of each other’s line of sight. It’s possible that this will be enough, but if it isn’t, you’ll need to put them outside the hearing range as well, which won’t be an easy task.

I measure my food in CCs., but your charts show weight gains in Grams before and after each feed. Is it possible to work out how much to feed without weighing the baby several times?

The quantity that has to be fed is not very exact, and the charts are simply meant to serve as a reference; nevertheless, if you estimate that 10 milliliters (ccs) of food will weigh around 10 grams, you will not be too far off, particularly if the mixture is somewhat watery. As the mixture becomes more concentrated for the larger birds, its overall weight will increase.

Why is it necessary to hand rear so many different species?

The practice of raising parrots by hand may be attributed to a variety of factors. In the case of the more uncommon birds, this practice is often carried out in the hope that the parents may produce a second clutch, which the parents will then be entrusted with raising. The alternative, which is fostering, would result in just one set of kids being reared in the northern hemisphere. This way, however, more babies are able to be nurtured. There are occasions when the parents decide they can no longer continue to feed or care for the young.

They will sometimes take a bite off of the quill feathers when they emerge. The cock bird is the species that is most likely to be responsible when eggs in the nest are destroyed. As a result of being raised by humans from a young age, African Grey parrots, like other species, are more easily trained to behave as domesticated pets. Parents need to be encouraged to raise at least one clutch each year, as shown by the fact that there are a great many reasons for doing so, of which the aforementioned are only a few instances.

I have heard that it is necessary to provide a humid atmosphere for rearing the babies, why is this?

If the air around the infants is humid, then they will have an easier time digesting the food that they eat. When I am hand parenting my chicks, I always keep a container of water in the brooder that has a lid that is perforated.

Is it better to use a syringe or a spoon with bent upsides to feed the chicks?

It actually depends on which way you feel more comfortable rearing your animals—some people utilize one approach, while others use the other. It is important to remember that a syringe should only be used for the purpose of delivering food to the mouth, and not straight into the crop. When it comes to feeding the chicks, I always make sure to use the appropriate-sized spoon. When using a spoon, the process takes a little bit more time, but I think the bent spoon looks more like the beak of the parent bird. On the other hand, I do make use of a syringe here and there for a variety of reasons.

What is the best bedding to use for rearing chicks?

Each of the containers in the brooders has paper inside it. I start out by using folded tissues for the chicks, but after a few days, I transition to using shredded paper for them until I can place them into a cage (shredded newspaper is very good as it is soft and absorbent). In the past, I have used wood shavings; however, I discovered that some infants, such as Eclectus, have a tendency to ingest the smaller bits, which may result in a variety of issues.

Should babies be placed in individual containers and should separate spoons be used for each chick?

In no uncertain terms! Babies thrive when they are in the company of other infants their same age or younger, even if they are of a different species. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to use a separate spoon. I don’t, but I take excellent care of my hygiene. As long as there are no dangerous germs present, I believe that the chicks would benefit from a moderate level of cross-infection as it would help to strengthen their immune systems.

I notice that you start feeding at 7 a.m., but some suggest starting earlier or feeding all through the night. Why do you start at 7 a.m.?

Several years ago, I began my day at 5 a.m., but I later discovered that the parents in the nest often fed their young between 10 and 11 p.m., and then they did not do so again until 6 a.m. Because my final feeding is between 11 and 12 in the afternoon, I’ve chosen to have them stay up until 7 in the morning. My weight records demonstrated that there was no discernible change in the development of the chicks as a result of this. So I now get a longer night’s sleep. I have never given the chicks food throughout the night since I feel that they are better off going extended stretches without eating during each day. I may get up at three in the morning to check on a newly born chick that is weak and make sure that it is not losing too much water.

You seem to use different humidity settings for various eggs, why is this?

During the process of incubation, an egg will inevitably lose some of its moisture since this is a natural part of the process. The level of humidity in the air around you is what determines how much you lose.
By altering the humidity in the area surrounding the egg, I am giving myself the best chance of successfully hatching a healthy chick. For instance, the quantity of loss is not as crucial for Amazons as it is for Cockatoos and Macaws, both of which normally need to lose less than Amazons do.

You refer to ring sizes by a letter. What is the metric equivalent?

The ring size is the one usually adopted in the U.K. and the approximate metric
equivalents are as follows –

  • R = 7.1 mm;
  • S = 7.7 mm;
  • T = 8.7 mm;
  • U = 9.5 mm;
  • V = 11 mm;
  • W = 12.7 mm;
  • X = 15 mm;
  • Y = 15.8 mm

When should my babies start feeding themselves?

If you look at the bottom of my charts, you will notice that the day the baby is transferred to a cage is also the day that it begins to climb out of the container in the brooder. When it is transferred into the cage, there are containers inside it that hold food like fruit and vegetables in addition to seeds, pellets, and other items. They will be disregarded at first, but eventually, they will be played with, and some of them will be eaten. This is more likely to happen if there is an adult bird for the young chick to see eating. When I am comfortable that the infant is eating a bit and is not merely playing, I reduce the number of times that it is fed in order to encourage it to start eating more on its own.

As you can see from the charts, the time at which this occurs varies greatly from species to species. Eventually, all of my feeds will stop working completely.

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