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Limiju 03-07-2014 08:39 AM

Help! Underweight cockatiel baby
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I need help with my baby cockatiel, already named her Angel.

I had to remove Angel from her/him nest 12 days ago, as her father died, my handsome Lutino "Big Boy" and the greatest father. Her mother did stay for a little while until the other male cockatiels hanging around decided they wanted to be her new mate and had attacked Angel and bit her face. Just to let you know I have a large aviary it is 12x16x18 feet. I have had my aviary for 5 years and have 24 cockatiels and have never had this problem. They have been successfully breeding, once a year with no problems.

I took the nest box and the mother and put them in a separate cage and I left her alone with Angel. I did keep checking on Angel as I didn't think she would survive with her wound but if there was a chance her mother would feed her. Well I left for about 5 hours and her mother had no interest, so I took angel in and started hand feeding her. Angel was 3 days old. Well Angel survived all that and I am still hand feeding her.

My problem is last week friday I was getting real low on the Kaytee exact and went to the 4 pets stores here in the Cayman Islands and nobody has any baby food in stock. I asked the pet store who also breed birds what should I feed her one and they told me they have been using Zupreem fruit blend and mixing it with hot water until a pudding and giving it to theirs. Since that Angel has not been putting on the weight. She is 14 days old and this mornings weight was 31g and I just think she is so small. Her feathers are starting to come through and she is very alert and excited when it is feeding time.

Does anybody know what else I could try her on to increase her weight? I feed her 5 times a day until her crop is full and leave her to sleep from 12am to 7 am.

I am growing very attached to her being that I am watching her grow and I have never handraised a cockatiel baby let alone any baby at this age. I have parakeets and lovebirds also, which I have handfed the lovebirds when there has been problems and been successful with that. And if a baby parakeet has problems I have two surrogate parakeet mothers who gladly take them in. Very lucky!

Please help me find something better for my Angel to eat. Thank you.

Limiju 03-07-2014 12:24 PM

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Picture of Angel after 2 days in my care

Limiju 03-07-2014 12:27 PM

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Angel after second feeding for the day. Could someone let me know if I am giving her enough food?

Limiju 03-07-2014 12:30 PM

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lisascannell 03-07-2014 03:35 PM

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Hi I am no expert and it's been a while since I handraised Rocky but the crop should be full after a feeding and stay full for about 4 hours. If the crop emptys too quickly it could be that the formula is too runny, which happened with Rocky a bit. I used to add some weet bix to bulk it up a bit.

crimson 03-07-2014 04:00 PM

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it sounds like you're very attentive with your birds, you are to be commended!!

switching from Kaytee to Zupreem will only cause intestinal upset to your baby.
I know your in a pinch to feed him something, and only going by what the store told you.
you can feed him baby cereal, the more natural the better, Milupa is one of the better ones, it's rice based and easier to digest.
the link below has a recipe for making some, which can be time consuming. now I wouldn't put peanut butter in it myself, but use the rest of the ingredients.
the cockatiel cottage site also has a growth and weight chart, so you can compare.

As long as he is growing, he will catch up later:) he is adorable!!!

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Limiju 03-07-2014 04:39 PM

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Thank you Crimson,

I have been looking at their web site and looked at the growing chart. That's whats making me so worried about Angel. By there account she should be around 45g going into the 3 week and my baby is only 31g this morning (14 days old). I will change her food to making her the homemade receipe. Its seems maybe more nutritious than the Zupreem fruitblend for adult birds crushed up.

I will give an update.

JerseyWendy 03-07-2014 04:47 PM

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I just wanted to tell you: HATS OFF TO YOU! If this is your first time taking care of such a super young one, you are sure taking all the effort and doing a fine job! :)

MikeyTN 03-07-2014 06:54 PM

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Switching formula during middle of hand feeding isn't a good thing but what is done is done. The baby will get through it and be fine on the new formula. What's the thickness your feeding? Don't mix it too thick as they'll absorb the moisture and leave the formula behind. Is the crop completely empty before you feed??? Some babies can get behind so don't always follow the chart! I've taken malnourished babies and it takes them longer to catch up.

Limiju 03-07-2014 07:11 PM

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Thank you jerseywendy, it is the first time and bit frightening. The first week I was jumping out of my sleep to feed her and check on her without setting an alarm. I have calmed down now but still don't feel I am out of the woods yet. But thank you for yr kind words.

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