Why isn’t my baby Green Cheek Conure Eating much?
Yesterday, when I brought my bird outside to play, he began asking for food, but I ignored him since the breeder informed me that he was already eating. Today, when it came time to play, he seemed terribly hungry and asked again. I grasped his beak, and he began flapping and screeching in a feeding reflex. I quickly attempted to call the breeder to find out what was going on, but due to a severe storm last night, his phone line was inoperable. Then, I cooked my bird some roudybush, and he ingested between 5 and 9 mL by syringe. I offered him another fresh corn cob as he consumes one every day! He rushed to it immediately. I’m quite concerned that he won’t eat. Will he be able to subsist on maize and apple till the phone is repaired? Presumably, it is food…. Continue to feed the roudybush?
Your conure is far too young to be weaned at 8 to 9 weeks of age and should continue to consume baby formula. I would give the breeder a piece of my mind for selling you a kid that was not weaned. This is prohibited in most nations!
Regarding the infant, you should seek out meals that are soft enough to be eaten with a teaspoon. Oatmeal is tasty (made on water, no sugar). The roudybush is also excellent. At 8 weeks, he should be able to eat spray millet if you have it. Offer him as many different kinds of food as possible, changing them often, and continue to feed him by spoon in the morning and evening until he seems to be able to eat enough on his own. You may also try soaking and rinsing a standard tiny parrot seed mix overnight. He may be able to open a seed after soaking it.
I would also recommend weighing him every morning before he eats to ensure he maintains a healthy weight. At this age, any major weight loss is the reason for grave worry.
Continue giving him the formula until the breeder is on the line.
Even at 8 weeks, some need one feeding per day, while others cannot be weaned until 10 weeks. It is dependent upon the conure. It seems to me that your conure was not weaned normally. However, the classic, solid meal or starvation method of weaning was used.
Ensure that your conure has access to pellets containing all the vitamins he needs, or that he is receiving all the veggies and fruits he needs for a balanced diet. A fantastic seed for growing more foods.
Unless he eats more than apples and corn, he will not get enough vitamins from just those foods.
To encourage him to eat or attempt solids, place him on a towel with you on the ground or at a desk, and spread out the meals. Let him play with them, pick them up, and act as though you find them intriguing. I suggest soaking the pellets before placing them on the towel, but everything else may be placed there dry.
When weaning, I often conclude the process by giving them a single feeding before night. Then I reduce the frequency to every other night, then every three days, and then to nothing. They never beg throughout the day since they are already used to consuming solid foods. A weaned bird does not beg like that.
Why Is the Poop of My Green Cheek Conure Red?
My Green-cheeked Lovebird is four years old and pretty healthy. His feathers are soft, he eats seeds, and I feed him some of my food (except avocados and chocolate, of course), but today I noticed that his poop is reddish-brown. What does that mean? Does eating pumpkin pie change the color of his poop?
I feed him almost everything I eat. Since I come from a Middle Eastern family, we usually share rice or well-cooked meat [in small amounts, of course]. I cut up fruits like apples, oranges, and pears for my bird, and he eats a lot of bread, too. His poo has always been green.
I just called my vet, and they said their avian specialist will call me back as soon as possible.
My bird is behaving normally, but his stool is being a jerk. I think it was his food at this point. Now, the color of his poop was back to normal.
Stop giving him your food for a week and see the results.
It’s likely something you’re allowing him to consume. Whatever you feed it will mostly dictate the color of its feces. During this time of year, my birds like pomegranate, which colors their droppings PURPLE. If you gave your bird food containing RED dye, its feces will be colored RED. His diet comprises Zupreem Fruit Mix, which has pellets of various colors… He has sporadic days when he only eats green vegetables, and his feces are lime green… Then there are the days colored red, and so on!
Blood is also red-brown in coloration. It’s fantastic that you’re speaking with a veterinarian since you can never be too cautious!!! You must take your infant to the vet ASAP in that case. And you must be EXTREMELY cautious about what you feed your birds. Certain fruits, chicken eggs, vitamin powders, seeds, as well as a few other items, are wonderful. Human “treats” are lethal. A cockatiel that was injured by human “treats” and did not survive was seen by me.
Is My Conure Gaining Too Much Weight?
I have a Green Cheek Conure that is 6 and a half months old, and I’ve recently noticed that she seems to have put on a lot of weight. Is this just a “growth spurt”? Or is she gaining weight?
I can still feel her breast bone, and she has a pretty strict diet of fruits, beans, pellets, and sometimes papaya treats for training.
It sounds like she is eating very well. When they are weaned, baby parrots can lose a lot of weight. At 6 months, she is almost as old as an adult and probably weighs the same as an adult. If she was overweight, each side of her breast bone would have a noticeable bulge, instead of just being nicely rounded. If she is concave, it means she is too thin.
Given what you said about her diet, it’s not likely that she is overweight.