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Caring for Baby Lovebird?

I just got a baby lovebird and its 2 and a half weeks old.
The lady I bought it from told me she feeds them every 3 to 4 hours and its like 1/2 to 1/3 of the formula.Is that correct?That just seems like a long time with the baby not eating and not much food.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:56 PM
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

Why on earth has she given you a lovebird that young...?

If the crops empty and it's crying, feed it. Some of the hand rearing people might be able to help you out.
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

She said it was an accidental breeding and she doesn't have the time to handfeed them till their old enough to ween off.and how would the crop feel if its empty?She explained it to me quickly but I just wanna make sure i'm doing everything right.
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

The crop would look 'big and puffed' if he's just had a feed so when it looks almost like a deflated sack, would be the only way I could describe it on a young chick...

C'mon all ye breeders out there, help me out explaining!

Just keep doing what you're doing for the time being, as long as the baby is getting some food without being forced/under fed, then it should be okay. Someone will get to you soon.
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Old 08-21-2011, 02:17 PM
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

I think that you need to return this bird. As a Lovebird breeder it's not easy to hand-feed a bird. She should have left that bird with the parents if she didn't have the time.

You will first need a brooder to keep the Lovebird warm, if the bird becomes cold they can have issues digesting food or even die. The bird should be kept at 88-92 degrees Fahrenheit. Secondly you'll need a syringe, formula, and a candy thermometer to check the food. You can not use a normal thermometer typically because they will not go high enough. I've seen people use meat thermometers as well. At this age the bird will need to eat every 4-6 hours (yes even through the night) The food should be thin, but not so thin that the bird aspirates the food. You also need to know how to check the crop by sight to make sure it's not too empty or too full. If it's done improperly it can lead to death. Here is one of my favorite sites >Flying Gems Aviary - Handfeeding baby lovies


Overall, you need to return this bird to a proper breeder. Selling un-weaned birds shouldn't be done unless the breeder personally knows the other breeder and they have quite a bit of experience. There is no such thing as an accidental breeding in my opinion. You have a female and male bird and a nest, what do you thinks going to happen?
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

I'm not taking it back because she isn't taking care of them good and I know I can take better care of it.I dont have a brooder but Hes in a tank with a lid on it and I also put a really soft cloth in there and 2 little stuffed animals with a shirt over them to help keep him warm.

I have Kaytee Exact Formula and thanks so much for that website cause that helps alot.

I don't have a thermomiter and the Pet Stores are closed now but i'm gonna try to get one tomorrow.Right now i put the formula in a cup and let the cup sit in warm water to make it warm.
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

These people here are TRYING to help you, they gave you good advice, Do you know how to take care of this baby? you wouldent be asking if you wernt worried about taking care of a baby this small, take the baby and give it to a vet. they should be open at this time of the night, say its an emergancy.

Lovebird babys are SMALL. hard to feed and even harder to know how to properly be taken care of by someone who has to ask about them while they have them, I know this because I have done my homework, the prospect of handraising any bird even older then this one is nearly impossable for a avarage person.

if you give the wrong dose, or the temp is wrong, you can seriously hurt this baby. This baby has a chance right this moment, if you make one little mastake things can take a turn for the worse, Take the baby to a vet and give it over, they will find a home for the baby when its big enough for them too find a home.
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

The temperature of the food is a big deal, you can't just warm it with water. If it's too cold the bird won't be able to digest it and it can grow bacteria and kill the chick. If it's too hot it can burn the crop and cause death as well.
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

You also mentioned you didn't want to return the bird because the lady wasn't taking care of the bird. While the lady obviously isn't the smartest cookie for selling non weaned birds to in-experienced people, she at least knew how to keep the bird alive. Without proper temperatures in food and experience there is no way this bird will survive. I commend you on wanting to do the right thing, but honestly the right thing is to find a breeder who can properly feed and care for this bird. Perhaps you can find a breeder that will wean the bird for a fee and you could take him/her home after? Or you could have a PROPER breeder show you how to do everything. It worries me that your trying to feed tonight by warming water with no temp, that's a very very big risk. One that could certainly lead to death. Can you go to even Walmart and by a thermometer?
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Re: Caring for Baby Lovebird?

Take their advise .. sent to someone who is experience to wean it for you. Get a vet to check on the baby. Taking care of unwean baby is much more difficult than you can ever imagine. Unwean babies needs much more attention from owner than any big birds. You must also be sensitive to the surrounding enviromment changes and able to keep the bird warn and alive..

Get a plastic aquarium and have some of those (woods that they use for hamster). It can help keep warm and better for the baby chick... Thermometer is a must. I wish you all the best .. and hope you keep us posted.
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