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Old 03-15-2019, 09:30 PM
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Question Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

Hello! While my Green cheek babies are still hatching, I'm brainstorming different ideas for a brooder. I have a small dog pet taxi that I use for my adult birds. Could I use an under-the-tank reptile heater directly on the bottom, or would it melt the plastic? The plastic is definitely thicker and stronger than a normal tote, but I am still worried. The pet taxi seems like a good idea to me because it maintain decent ventilation and a dark environment. Would this work? Thank you for reading!
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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

Why not leave them with the parents?
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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

I'm planning on handfeeding them at ~2.5 weeks and onward.
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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

You need to be able to adjust the heat at LEAST by one degree increments but u like to be able to do it by tenths of degrees. I doubt the method you are suggesting would allow that.


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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

I pretty much used a cooler. Removed the top and made a custom vented top and also to mount a custom PID temperature controller I built and what I used to make my brooder. You also need a couple fans as well to cool it and vent it. As far as heat use a couple of heat tubes and blower to heat whole cooler evenly.

If you go radiant heat with tube lamps you have to reflex heat and use blower to heat cooler evenly. Other lamps will heat the birds only and won't be able to use temperature controller as thermistor won't read correctly. You have to be pretty close to actual temperature. I may built another one soon. So may do a separate thread on it and parts and material needed.

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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

Quote: Originally Posted by SilverSage View Post
You need to be able to adjust the heat at LEAST by one degree increments but u like to be able to do it by tenths of degrees. I doubt the method you are suggesting would allow that.


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It won't, you need a PID controller and to heat and vent correctly evenly.
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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

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I'm planning on handfeeding them at ~2.5 weeks and onward.
As far a handfeeding it a lot of work as at first you have to feed every 2 hour till Pin feathers begin to erupt then every 3 hours and then to 5 hours after 4 weeks and then 2 to 3 times a day when start to develop flight feathers by this age and are now called fledglings. When they also start foraging (searching for food) themselves by this age. Then you can start the weaning process.

Depends on species and ETC. You have to have to keep correct temperature of room/brooder and relative humidity is important as well about 50% and also keep formula not to cool around 102° - 106°F (39° - 41°C). Use a thermometer. Food that is too hot will cause severe burns to the crop. Food that is too cold will not be accepted or digested well. You have to mix fresh every feeding, as food kept for the next feeding is an ideal place for harmful bacteria and yeast to grow and give correct amount of formula per feed and gradually increased. Chicks older than one or two days should have food with 70 - 75% liquid.

A lot more to it, but just to give you a idea what you are in for if you never raised a chick before? If you have then disregard.

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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

Thank you for all of the advice! I will definitely look in to the different kinds of brooders!
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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

Just leave them with the parents. They will be just as tame when you just finish the weaning process with them after they leave the nest naturally.


(So glad this b#llsh!t is illegal now overhere: no more 'death by amateurs' who think they can do a better job than the parents when there is absolutely no reason for it. And less psycologically scarring for the ones that actually do survive the manhandling.)
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Re: Pet Taxi for Parrot Brooder???

Quote: Originally Posted by ChristaNL View Post
Just leave them with the parents. They will be just as tame when you just finish the weaning process with them after they leave the nest naturally.


(So glad this b#llsh!t is illegal now overhere: no more 'death by amateurs' who think they can do a better job than the parents when there is absolutely no reason for it. And less psycologically scarring for the ones that actually do survive the manhandling.)

The other main issue is and reason not recommend, beside the time and work involve is? Hand-reared parrots of either sex may see humans as both potential mates and competitors. During the breeding season, and sometimes year-round, such birds can be very aggressive towards “mates” that do not respond appropriately (“appropriately” in parrot terms, that is!) and people who are viewed as competing for their “mate’s” attention. " Hence why you get a lot of parrots as they mature that are next to impossible to handle during mating season and severely bite people, or turn against owner." The good breeders let the parents raise them and just handle them for 30 minutes daily when they hit about 5 weeks old.

Plus such parrots are often poor breeders, failing to choose proper nesting sites or to feed their chicks appropriately. Some a lot of people don't even consider. I use to breed Cockatiels when younger.

It best just to let parent raise then at least as far as being fed and care for, even if they screw it up when younger and they end up killing the babies first time around? They usually get it the second time around. This is why most say wait around 18 months, or 2 years of age before letting them breed. They are less likely to screw it up and have health related issues.

Let the babies parrots be fed and cared for by their parents but then handled them on a daily basis as well. This is the ideal compromise between hand and parent-rearing. Fifteen to thirty minutes of handling daily, beginning when the chicks are 4-5 weeks old, has been shown to produce relatively tame birds.

The only reason I learned to hand raise at a young age when I was a kid was my first blue streaked lory was sold to us by a shady breeder that didn't fully complete the weaning process. So I had to do it and then a few Cockatiels that were rejected by parents over the years and my current male Cockatiel as he had a crop infection which they assume could be Cancer and original breeder was going to put him down. I had him now for about a year and 100% healthy.

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