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Old 03-30-2018, 11:59 AM
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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

So, frustrated. She acted like she didn't want formula last night or this morning. She took it after a while but let me tell you...it was slow.

She eats like my dad. Tasting every little bit that goes over the tongue.

Last night she MAYBE ate 15 cc. She was clearly done...not interested...beak CLOSED and turned away. This morning she started eating after some coaxing. Again, not much but maybe 30 cc. It's hard to tell how much she really gets in her because by the time we are done she has formula down the front and sides of her and my clothes are splattered with it. I feed her until she shuts her mouth and turns away and crop is rounded.

This morning the cries are only one at a time. Earlier this week it was two cries at a time. I don't think she is getting weaker. She is still quite feisty and is running up and down my arm.

She eats about half of the veggies that I give her (I give her about a cup).

I know she wasn't fed at the bird store with a spoon but should I try that?
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:17 PM
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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

You can try it. Also donít be too frustrated; at this point the feeding is more for her emotional stability than her physical needs. You are doing GREAT. Feed her what she will take, just like you are doing, and experiment with new fresh foods as much as possible.


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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

She isn't fond of carrots. She loves the cabbage and broccoli mix - or at least she finished that. Wasn't too fond of peas either.

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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

Quote: Originally Posted by Kiwibird View Post
THANK YOU for starting/writing this VERY IMPORTANT thread! I sincerely hope this will save the lives of some hapless chicks who end up in inexperienced hands (or even better, stop someone from considering an unweaned chick altogether). You are a shining example of a GOOD breeder, the kind people SHOULD be getting birds from.
I hope this saves some lives too. I know of two ekkies that have died since December. One them died because it was starved. From what the owner told me about the other one...it was the same thing.
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Thank you for this excellent post. With it being sticky, many babies may be saved.
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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

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- It is NOT ETHICAL! Some people live in countries where the only way to get a parrot is to buy an unweaned baby or a poached bird, or worse; an unweaned poached baby. However, the majority of my readers live in places like the United States, Canada, and Australia. For those people with ACCESS to ethically and lovingly raised parrots to KNOWINGLY CHOOSE TO PAY SOMEONE TO TORTURE PARROTS TO DEATH (yes, thatís what selling unweaned babies to inexperienced people amounts to) is completely inexcusable. .

Even though the selling of any native parrot , babies or adults is banned by Indian law , it keeps happening under cover. The Alexandrine parakeet in particular has greatly declined because of this.

The situation is worse in Pakistan, where they are traded openly, suggesting that there is no law to protect the birds.

People should be very sensitive to this issue and not buy poached parrots- babies or adults, as Parrots play a valuable role in natural ecosystems.

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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

Friday night she was not interested in eating formula nor Saturday. Sunday morning she wasn't interested in the formula. Sunday night and this morning she ate the formula like a little piggy. I just never know. The male that is four months older is just eating formula because it is offered...and sometimes not even then.
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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

Sounds like both are on their way to weaning


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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

She is still doing the crying. I've learned...she isn't hungry now. She may have been but I have found out that now she just wants to be with me or another bird. If I put her in the male's cage she doesn't cry. Move her back to her cage after a couple of hours...she cries. The TV does not quiet her. My voice does some times.

I still give her formula but she eats plenty of veggies during the day and pulverizes her pellets. What veggies she hasn't eaten she has chomped to just tiny pieces.

Even though I got/get great information on here I continued to research and seek advice from Eclectus specific web sites. I even found OLD threads on this forum by Googling that helped me.

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Re: So you bought an unweaned baby...

Glad to hear she is doing well! Eckies are such a touchy species, especially as babies. Just out of curiosity, what sub-species is she?


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