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Old 04-04-2013, 07:19 PM
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Re: 8 week old cockatiel previously weaned but reverted back to wanting baby food.

Well maybe she wasnt as familiar with cockatiels as she was with the birds she normally breeds? She bought this clutch out of the nest to hand rear, she doesnt normal breed cockatiels. I am not sure on exact details but she said he weaned himself off the baby food and was eating whatever mixture she feeds her birds good enough that she was comfortable selling them in time for the sale. She is concerned about him and the others she sold, so i dont think she was just trying to dump them off on people. She did say that me hand feeding him would help build the bond and that she would take him back to fully wean him if that is what i wanted. I dont mind feeding him but sometimes in between food he still begs for it and cries out like he wants something. I just feel like i am not providing him with all that he feels he needs so it puts me in a tough spot.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:56 PM
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Re: 8 week old cockatiel previously weaned but reverted back to wanting baby food.

I understand where she is coming from, and you. I breed, and raise babies. I've kept plenty of them too, cause I fall in love with them. It's always difficult when I sell one of my babies.

don't worry about the squawking, it will stop when he's a little older. He's going thru his transition period from a baby to a grown bird.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:46 AM
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Re: 8 week old cockatiel previously weaned but reverted back to wanting baby food.

During weaning time, some babies WILL cry and still begging for you. Before you start hand feeding you should check his crop sac to make sure it is empty before you give him formula cause your risking him getting a bacterial infection and sour crop! IF there's seeds inside the crop sac you can feel it easily, they will still cry for food no matter what even when the crop sac is full. At that age you can cut the hand feeding down to one feed per day unless his weight is extremely low. I usually do the feeding at night before bed time. During weaning time, it's probably best for you guys to just leave him alone and not take him out. Cause he is going to beg beg beg. It's easier to wean him off to the smaller seeds at this moment, I do a mixture of seeds and pellets. After he's weaned, it is easier to introduce different food as you go so there's no need to push it right now. Most of my chicks wean around 45 days old but some takes longer. You must observe daily! 2 of my chicks have been weaned for 5 days so far and they're 48 days and 47 days old today as they refused formula early and been eating great. While the other two aren't weaned yet and they're 45 days and 41 days old. The youngest one I'm doing two feedings a day.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:58 AM
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Re: 8 week old cockatiel previously weaned but reverted back to wanting baby food.

Alright thanks. I have very small pellets and some parakeet seed mix for my Mulga that i will mix for him. He was eating something similiar but it had a bunch of extras/bigger pieces and I will just keep it simplier for him. I cut him down to morning and nighttime feeding the other day but I will cut it down to nighttime only. I try not to handle him too much and we stopped allowing my kids to hold him to help settle him in more. His cage is right on my desk so he is next to me all day and that seems to have helped settle him down some.
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Re: 8 week old cockatiel previously weaned but reverted back to wanting baby food.

hello there,

I have a cocktail bird which is about 8 week old and she is also not weaning yet, but she loves to eat white bread dipped in tea, I just want to ask is it safe to give him white bread which is dipped in milk tea?
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Re: 8 week old cockatiel previously weaned but reverted back to wanting baby food.

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hello there,

I have a cocktail bird which is about 8 week old and she is also not weaning yet, but she loves to eat white bread dipped in tea, I just want to ask is it safe to give him white bread which is dipped in milk tea?

This thread is super old and you should probably make your own thread to get the most advice on this.

STOP feeding bread dipped in tea. While not toxic, she should be eating either baby bird formula (formulated to be easy to digest, help them gain weight and get strong) or his own bird food. Bread does nothing for them nutritionally really and really is not good to feed much at all. Tea can have caffeine and is also NOT good for birds, unless it's herbal.

You should be feeding your bird a good quality seed mix (to help them wean), pellets, chopped up veggies na dfruit. Also consider birdie bread, a good alternative to plain bread in tea, I use cornbread muffin mix and mix in chopped up veggies, you can even put in like sweet potato baby food, bake in the oven, and serve warm! You can even keep and refrigerate.
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Re: 8 week old cockatiel previously weaned but reverted back to wanting baby food.

I agree with Itzjbean, you have a serious problem here and we can help you with it, but you need to start your own thread immediately in the Cockatiel forum or the Breeding forum, and that way we can give you individual help...

We also need some background information about your Cockatiel...

-Was she hand-raised/hand-fed by her breeder, or was she a parent-raised bird, meaning she was fed by her mother and father birds? When was she pulled from the nest-box? Did you buy her from a breeder unweaned, or did you breed her (you own her parents)?

Cockatiels typically should be first given and start eating solid food around 5-6 weeks old, regardless of whether they are parent-raised/fed or hand-raised/hand-fed by their breeder. This is the age when they should first be introduced to both seeds (usually breeders start out by putting millet-sprays inside of either the nest-box if they are being parent-raised or in the Brooder if they are being hand-raised/hand-fed by the breeder), as well as pellets.

Cockatiels are typically fully "Abundance-Weaned" between the ages of 10-12 weeks old, BUT up until that time when they are fully and totally "Abundance Weaned", they absolutely must be fed either by the parent birds, OR with a commercial Baby Bird Hand-Feeding Formula that contains all of the necessary nutrition they need to grow,
develop properly, and survive.


So we need a lot more information about what she's eating, how she's being fed, how she's being weaned, etc.

Either way, please do not feed her white bread dipped in tea!!! I don't know where that idea came from, but she needs to be eating a commercially sold baby bird hand-feeding formula multiple times each and every day, on an Abundance-Weaning schedule, and then she needs to be given the healthy solid foods that she will wean onto and eat as an adult bird, which obviously should be a staple of parrot pellets, a healthy, low-fat seed-mix that does not contain any Sunflower Seeds, no peanuts or other nuts, and no corn, and then fresh veggies and a little bit of fresh fruit (not much,
fruit contains a ton of sugar).
So you should be weaning her onto a healthy, nutritious, low-fat, low-sugar solid diet that you want her to eat when she's an adult...

Tea contains caffeine (even decaf or caffeine-free tea contains small amounts of caffeine, and for such a small, baby bird, even a small bit of caffeine is extremely bad for her). And white-bread contains no nutritional value at all, it's nothing but sugar/starch that is converted to fat and stored in her liver, and contains no protein, which is imperative for her to be eating right now so she continues to grow/develop, it contains none of the necessary vitamins, minerals, amino acids/enzymes, etc. that a weaning baby bird needs to grow, develop, and survive. So please, stop feeding her any white bread at all, and nothing with caffeine in it...Liquids such as all-natural, sugar-free fruit juices (no citrus fruit juice, like orange juice or grapefruit juice) are okay, but no coffee, tea, soda, milk or any other dairy, etc.

You need to feed her only the solid foods that you want her to eat as an adult, as right now, while "weaning", this is the time when she's going to decide what solid foods she likes to eat. This is the main reason that birds won't eat pellets but only eat unhealthy seeds, because they are only fed unhealthy seeds during their weaning period.
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