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Old 06-28-2013, 02:52 PM
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Re: Baby Cockatiel. Need help with answers!

they are gorgeous Kiran!.....I love Lutinos, they are one of my favourites.
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Re: Baby Cockatiel. Need help with answers!

It doesn't guarantee to be a lutino baby cause baby dawn feather is yellow, they're always yellow or white depending on the coloration as all whitefaced babies are white dawn while everything else would be yellow.

It depends on how old the babies were when you pulled to handfeed that's why your home made formula is fine but its supposed to be temperary as you should have the handfeeding formula available. This should of been expected if your breeding them!!!!!

Impaction is caused by feeding formula that's too dry when they're that young it need to be very watery! Always allow the crop to empty completely before feeding again otherwise it can cause sour crop and impaction. I personally think the crop sac looks fine to me! There's added stuffs to the formula that promotes growth so you should get it instead of thinking you've raised two on cereals before and that's what you should do. They're not made for growing chicks!
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:16 PM
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Re: Baby Cockatiel. Need help with answers!

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It depends on how old the babies were when you pulled to handfeed that's why your home made formula is fine but its supposed to be temperary as you should have the handfeeding formula available. This should of been expected if your breeding them!!!!!
There's added stuffs to the formula that promotes growth so you should get it instead of thinking you've raised two on cereals before and that's what you should do. They're not made for growing chicks!
Agreed. But there's absolutely none available here as there is only one importer and I spoke to him earlier today and he said he won't be getting any fresh supplies for another 5 weeks. The 4 pet stores I called in various parts of the city also get supplied by the same guy and they too were out of formula. It's also mentioned on their website that it is out of stock. >>

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There's a huge market here for pet food now but only one importer / distributor where birds are concerned. So for lack of any other option, I'll have to stick to baby food. Money isn't the problem, supply is.

This city is FULL of millionaires and there's just one Chinese cage supplier. Anybody selling large bird cages like you see in US & UK would sell 1000's every year in this city alone, but oddly there are absolutely no suppliers. The largest cage available right now is 36"x22"x22". Imagine large birds in that.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:21 PM
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Re: Baby Cockatiel. Need help with answers!

You should purchase a bag extra as a backup and store it unopened in the freezer to keep. But you should always keep them on hand to begin with. Are you able to order stuffs online in your area???
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:28 PM
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I can use my credit card, but the last international item (which was cuttlebones and minerals(before they were available here 6 years ago)) I ordered took 2 months to get here due to being in customs for 6 weeks and it's just too much hassle overall with a nice chunk of customs duty as icing on the cake. Although a lot of time has passed, in this country the process is the same. I'd rather wait for the supplier to get it.

Also, I was suggested this baby food by one of the local bird breeders who has fed all the expensive bird babies like macaws, cockatoos, conures and what have you with the same right in front of me and all have grown up ok.

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You should supplement more then just cereal alone! Get baby cereal, hard boiled egg yolk, cottage cheese, wheat, etc. Mix the mixture with hot water to bring up temperature and feed it watery for now. Its high in protein to help him grow instead of your cereal formula....
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Re: Baby Cockatiel. Need help with answers!

That choice is yours to make! At least add the supplements I suggested!
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Re: Baby Cockatiel. Need help with answers!

Certainly! I'm always game for improvements, especially where a living being is concerned.

It's 3:30am and I've given the baby a feed. I'm jumping to bed now so I can be up by 9am and feed it again.

Whatever feed I've given so far has been fully digested from the crop within 2 hours. There are no remnants.

After the morning feed, I'll run to the store and grab some peanut butter & boil the egg and use the yolk for the mix afternoon onwards. Is the cottage cheese and egg yolk going to blend nicely into the food? as in, it won't form small chunks that can cause a problem?

Thanks for all the help so far! <3
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:16 PM
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You want to smash it first and make it mushy! Smear them to paste form then its ready for mixing. The formula can keep in fridge for a few days. Then you need fresh formula again.
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Re: Baby Cockatiel. Need help with answers!

Crimson,

Their eyes actually start to open at 7 days old!
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