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Old 03-07-2014, 08:25 PM
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

I agree with mikey, you need to make it the correct consistency.
too thin, and they don't get the required nutrition and will end up with feather issues.
too thick and they will have intestinal issues.
mix it well, with NO lumps what so ever. around 105 degrees, yes that's hot, but not TOO hot or you will burn his crop.

the growth chart is just an average, there are many other factors to take into consideration. the size of the parents, their parents, how their nutritional needs were met, genetics, overall health etc....

once you start feeding him the baby food, he will pick up again.
just remember to keep everything as clean as possible.

my 3 babies were born early in January @ 3-4 weeks this is what they weighed:
oldest: 63g
middle:54g
youngest:52g
all underweight.

do you know what they weighed @ 2 weeks?? l@@K oldest was just 21g!!, middle was 27g!!, and baby which was just 11 days old was 23g.....shocking weights!!!!!!...I was horrified, once I started hand feeding they picked right up, I fed them 5x's per day

now they are almost 8+ weeks and their current weights are: 87g,84g,79g, still on the lean size but all are maintained their weights when they were being weened and are now eating on their own.....

don't worry!....just keep an eye on him.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:29 PM
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

Thank you Mikey for your advice. I am so glad to know someone else has been through the malnourished stage of a baby bird and can tell me they can pull through. Couldn't really find answers on web sites besides that she was malnourished at that weight for her age. No fixes or what I could do or if they lived through it. You have kind of put me at ease to know it will be ok and she can catchup. Really thank you for that.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:59 PM
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

Not a problem, when someone like me who's raised over hundreds of babies you will see all kinds of things happening.

Here's my question though, how did the baby get that way to begin with? What was your feeding schedule when you started at 3 days old?
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

I fed Angel every 3 hours thru the night for the first 4 nights which took me to the Friday. I guess my mistake was having to change her food as well as changing my schedule to every 4 hours from 7 until 11, 5 feedings also on that Friday. I do feel responsible for her being underweight and trying to fix it. I am back to feeding her 6 times a day since Monday morning when I noticed weight wise she hadn't been increasing her weight as dramatically as she had been doing the previous week.

I have been looking for information since Monday on underweight or stunted growth as she may have only put on 1 g to 2g between days. And finding something else I could feed her which would be more nutritious. Then I came across this forum yesterday and hoped for help or info where someone else could have been in this same predicament and see what they have tried.

I have read about giving boiled egg yolk, cottage cheese and baby cereal and mixing it with hot water, but I wanted to see if this recipe would come up again by a couple of people, but I haven't been advised about that one.

I just want to give her the best chance to grow in to a beautiful healthy bird.
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

The formula itself have enough protein and nutrients that you wouldn't need to mix that concoction. You just have to make sure your feeding enough. At 14 days old he should be able to do about 17cc of formula but depends on how big he is. If you want to feed less but feed more times that is perfectly fine to do. But you must make sure the crop sac is completely empty between each feeding. I'm so used to hand feeding I know the consistency I need to mix depending on their age.
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

Hi Crimson, I do thank you for the information of yr new babies weights. It helps me not be completely frantic about her weight gain. I will continue to feed her 6x a day and start to introduce the formula on cockatiel cottage by slowly adding it to the fruitblend.

I just want to make sure I can give her something to help her grow properly. The pet stores say they will have baby food next month which is weeks away, so I do need to get her something which will give her what she needs.

If you don't mind me asking as you have just gone through this, when did you start giving them food to try on there own and what was it?

Thanks, I know its a bit early for my one, I just would like to know a head of time so I am prepared, not like now with not having enough baby food.
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

Well it sounds like you are very switched on and being proactive with your reseach. I'm confident your cockatiel will be fine. I'm not an expert I've only raised one bird but Mikey helped me with that and he's a healthy little boy now at 5 months
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

between 3-4 weeks of age I start giving them millet spray.
4-5 weeks start introducing pellets/seeds
5-6 weeks veggies, leafy greens,grains etc....

here are some pics of 2 stunted chicks that I had last year-both died @ 4 weeks of age weighing 23g each

Chance....3 weeks old- 21g


here is Chances sibling-Abbey- 18g @ 3weeks-


both later died.

I don't think your chick is stunted, just behind in growth.
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

Thank you so much for the info on the intro to solid foods.

They look very cute. You must have a very big heart and love birds as much as me.
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Re: Help! Underweight cockatiel baby

thakyou....oh yeah I do....broke my heart to watch those two suffer the entire time....I wondered if I was doing them justice trying to save them....but in the end it was meant to be....I cried for 2 days straight.

btw, mom had tossed both of them aside,after they hatched- something she had never done before.
I didn't know why at the time, now I understand that mother nature knows best.

here is the other sibling of the same clutch, first born at totally fine....she is now a mom!

this is Angus- pearl pied hen
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