Post by silverblaz3 on Nov 18, 2023 21:25:49 GMT -5
Hi, i recently got a 2 and half month blue Quaker 3 days back. The breeder told to hand feed it twice a day for some days as it has started to self eat. At 1st when it got home, it used to flap it's wing when we initially handfed it and it used to take around 12-13 ml of a19 formula.
After 2 days it has reduced taking hand feeding and after taking 4-5 ml it won't even open its beak. I am used to feed with a syringe by dripping food slowly into its beak. Is it because the breeder used to directly feed to it's crop. Shall I also do the same ? but I am scared if the food may pass to lungs instead of crop. I am also keeping some sprouts and papaya and seed mix in the cage.
Today morning it took 6ml of hand feeding and he went away and ate little sprouts, seed and papaya. Please help me with what to do in this situation as i feel, he is not getting adequate food since 3 days.
Hi and welcome to the forum. I would stick to feeding the way you were doing it is dangerous if it goes down wrong. The breeder should be also to tell you if he’s ready to eat less. It sounds like he’s enjoying his seems and papaya and sprouts. You could mix some of that with his baby food or you could try to soften some pellets for him. Though as I’ve never hand fed a baby Quaker your breeder might have better advice.
Welcome to the Forum! I'm not an expert on hand feeding a baby parrot but I think that sticking with the syringe feeding would be best. The breeder probably could advise you on that. It likely that your QP is getting enough to eat with the seed mix and other things you offer. As Caseysmom suggested, you could try some softened pellets. Put a few pellets in a small glass and add just enough liquid (water or unsweetened fruit juice) to moisten them. Let them sit for a few minutes until they're soft, then offer some to your parrot. You could try offering them on a small spoon if you have one, or put them in his food dish, separate from any other food. You might try introducing some other foods gradually. Cooked quinoa or a little cooked oatmeal might be something good to start with.