Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > Breeding/Raising Parrots

Breeding/Raising Parrots A place for the discussion of breeding and raising baby parrots.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-14-2017, 06:16 AM
Junior Member
Parrots:
5 lovebirds
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Netherlands
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Bbartlett is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Mom stops feeding 4 week old baby

Hi y'all! Oké, so we have gotten a little situation on our hand.

About 4 weeks ago our lovebird couple, Kiwi and Mango, got their first baby. Kiwi had 5 eggs and 2 hatched. Sadly the second baby died within 2 days. They didn't feed him and me and my husband are very inexperienced with baby birds so we just hoped they would take care of him but they didn't. This said we tried our best to not interfere with their nest. Until a few days ago everything was fine. But after we took the baby out one more time to start to handle him a little the mom started picking him. We've read several causes two spoke to us the most: jealousy and nutrition. We tried everything we could but the mom seems to be not handeling it well. She has always been a very distrusted an agressive bird (she was found on the street and we think she wasn't handled well by her old owners). Sometimes we hear the baby screatch because the mom is plucking his feathers. Yesterday she first drew blood on the baby so now we are really worried. She also does not seem to feed the baby anymore and when dad is trying to he gets interrupted by mom. It's very confusing.

We bought some nutrition for the baby in case we need to step in. But again: we are not experienced at all. And I am afraid to mess it up. We considered a few options. And read a lot. The best option seems to be to take the mom out and let the dad take care of him. Still I don't know if that will be enough.

Any lovebird experts that can give us advice please? We love our birds dearly and would like to do the best for them...

Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Bbartlett For This Useful Post:
Scott  (02-14-2017)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-14-2017, 07:44 AM
ParrotLover2001's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
A cockatiel, a bourke, and three budgies
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: In my parents house
Thanks: 260
Thanked 1,000 Times in 343 Posts
ParrotLover2001 is on a distinguished road
Re: Mom stops feeding 4 week old baby

I'm no lovebird expert, but I am an expert with budgies. And that is something many bird species do. You should remove the mother. Is this her first time laying eggs?
If so, she might be acting like this because she is inexperienced. First time mothers always seem to reject a baby or two, so you should always be prepared for that. And not all eggs are fertile the first time. I hope I helped.


Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
__________________
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to ParrotLover2001 For This Useful Post:
Scott  (02-14-2017)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-14-2017, 09:13 AM
Junior Member
Parrots:
5 lovebirds
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Netherlands
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Bbartlett is on a distinguished road
Re: Mom stops feeding 4 week old baby

Thank you for your answer! We have no idea if this is her first nest. We got her about a year now. She was found in the street and was brought to the petstore where they tried to find the owner, but nobody ever responded so we took her in. She was tame when we got her, but could get aggressive all of the sudden. She has always been an odd cookie. We took the mom out and the dad seems to be feeding the baby frequently so we are trying to stay out of it. The bird will be starting to eat by himself soon... so we hope he can make it. We do have food though if needed. But we would like things to go natural. Thank you for your response though!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Bbartlett For This Useful Post:
Scott  (02-14-2017)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-14-2017, 10:39 AM
itzjbean's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
4 cockatiels
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Iowa, USA
Thanks: 3,098
Thanked 4,325 Times in 1,852 Posts
itzjbean is on a distinguished road
Re: Mom stops feeding 4 week old baby

Breeding birds of any species is a very complicated process that should only be done if you are willing and prepared to take care of the babies should the parents stop feeding the babies, mutilating them, or pushes the baby out of the nest. This just happens. My last cockatiel clutch had one baby that was getting picked on, so I had to pull it to handfeed it or it would've died.

Ps. I saw that the mother was taken out and the father is feeding the baby, this is good. Keep a very close eye on the baby to make sure the father is NOT plucking or picking at it. Good luck!!
__________________
- Jackie, Boo Rue , Ash & Ember

See more of my flock on Instagram!

Last edited by Scott; 02-14-2017 at 11:50 AM. Reason: Removed punitive content and sent PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to itzjbean For This Useful Post:
EllenD (03-04-2017), Scott  (02-14-2017)
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-14-2017, 11:48 AM
Scott's Avatar
Super Moderator
Parrots:
Goffins: Gabby, Abby, Squeaky, Peanut, Popcorn / Citron: Alice / Eclectus: Angel /Timneh Grey: ET / Blue Fronted Amazon: Gonzo / RIP Gandalf and Big Bird, you are missed.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Diego, California USA, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Thanks: 117,209
Thanked 60,445 Times in 19,915 Posts
Scott will become famous soon enough
Re: Mom stops feeding 4 week old baby

First, I'd like to welcome you to the forums. Thank you for caring so intently and seeking the best possible solution. I have no experience with Lovebirds, but know first hand the abandonment of newborn chicks. Very long story short, my Goffin parents refused to feed each of their babies over a 3-clutch period past the 3rd or 4th day. No mutilation, just disregard. All were hand-fed and are currently happy adults.

I would suggest consulting local breeders and an avian certified vet for best advice. You may ultimately need to hand-feed the surviving chick - a task that requires great skill and care. Best of luck, and please keep us advised!
__________________
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Scott For This Useful Post:
Allee (02-15-2017), Anansi  (02-14-2017), EllenD (03-04-2017), itzjbean (02-14-2017)
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-22-2017, 07:42 AM
Junior Member
Parrots:
5 lovebirds
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Netherlands
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Bbartlett is on a distinguished road
Re: Mom stops feeding 4 week old baby

Update: so we took the mom out of the nest. The baby is doing great. The dad feeds him regular and keeps the baby well fed. The mom isn't doing so well though. She is VERY frustrated. When we let her out to see her mate, she is not into him at all. She just hops to her old cage going all around it, but when in it she just walks around frantic. When the baby comes to her she pushes it away. She doesn't seem to want to have any contact really with her mate anymore either, she is totally focussed on searching the cage. We waited with throwing away her other eggs (that did not hatch) until she abandon them and pushed them out. But now it seems like she is frantically looking for them. We feel very sad about this development, it just shows these birds are very strong willed and can act suprisingly. If anyone has some advice; it's very welcome!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 02-22-2017, 10:43 AM
itzjbean's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
4 cockatiels
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Iowa, USA
Thanks: 3,098
Thanked 4,325 Times in 1,852 Posts
itzjbean is on a distinguished road
Re: Mom stops feeding 4 week old baby

That's good the baby is getting fed, but it is sad to hear mamma bird is acting so frantic and frustrated. This is what happens when you separate a mated, bonded pair. If I take one of my cockatiels out of the room, the other becomes frantic, trying to look for the other. And with all those hormones going on, I'm sure she is very confused as to why she can't be with her mate and nest, so I understand her confusion. Separating a mated pair can cause a LOT of stress and trauma.

My only suggestion is that as soon as the baby starts eating on its own and is weaned, separate the baby and father, put the baby in its own cage, and reunite the pair again. If you do decide to let them breed again, I again highly recommend learning to handfeed so you don't have to separate the pair from each other.
__________________
- Jackie, Boo Rue , Ash & Ember

See more of my flock on Instagram!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > Breeding/Raising Parrots

Tags
baby, feeding, food, lovebird


Search tags for this page

how to tell if mother love birds stop feeding their babies

,

mother parakeet is not feeding 3 week old babies

,

when can baby budgies be separated from parents

,

when do budgies stop feeding their babies

Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice on hand-feeding a 4 week old eclectus jillr Breeding/Raising Parrots 2 08-25-2016 11:20 PM
Suplimental hand feeding 5 week lovebirds Flboy Breeding/Raising Parrots 14 12-12-2015 06:36 PM
Baby girl never stops amusing me:) Jtbirds Macaws 10 03-28-2013 06:30 AM
New 5 week old baby? Chor22 Alexandrines 3 12-02-2012 05:40 PM
Advice with feeding 8 week old Umbrella cockatoo? Bear Cockatoos 4 06-07-2010 03:40 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.