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Old 11-19-2016, 04:54 PM
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Re: Weaning Process

We are in an amazing time in aviculture right now, where scientific discoveries are being made, veterinary care is improving, accountability is skyrocketing, and we are ALL learning. That's part of the beauty of forums like this; we get to share what we DO know, and full in what we DONT know


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Re: Weaning Process

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We are in an amazing time in aviculture right now, where scientific discoveries are being made, veterinary care is improving, accountability is skyrocketing, and we are ALL learning. That's part of the beauty of forums like this; we get to share what we DO know, and full in what we DONT know


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I couldnt agree more. I learn new things every day, sometimes small and sometimes more important like this. Thats the point of these forums after all.
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Old 11-19-2016, 05:07 PM
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Re: Weaning Process

As do I and if I ever feel like I have all the answers I come smashing into some terrible thing I didn't know and it reminds me not to be so sure of myself. I can only pray that I will never stop learning.


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Old 11-19-2016, 06:23 PM
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Re: Weaning Process

Well said SilverSage. As a breeder myself I only abundance wean, and NEVER release any bird unless fully weaned for at least one full week. It is a long process but necessary for the health, happiness, and future of the babies. Let the baby dictate when and how long it will take to wean.

I really do wish people would stop selling unweaned babies. There is so much harm being done to these little guys.
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Re: Weaning Process

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As do I and if I ever feel like I have all the answers I come smashing into some terrible thing I didn't know and it reminds me not to be so sure of myself. I can only pray that I will never stop learning.


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Well said SilverSage. As a breeder myself I only abundance wean, and NEVER release any bird unless fully weaned for at least one full week. It is a long process but necessary for the health, happiness, and future of the babies. Let the baby dictate when and how long it will take to wean.

I really do wish people would stop selling unweaned babies. There is so much harm being done to these little guys.
Unfortunately some people just dont care, some are ignorant, but some people truly believe that what theyre doing is right. Thats why sharing information is so vital, as times moves forward, so does our knowledge, which leads the "norms" to become outdated, and the "new" to become the norms, on and on, and better with each cycle.
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Re: Weaning Process

Weaning Questions ----
1) At what average ago do WCP actually wean?

I have a 4.5 month old male WCP. His human feeder was a man.

I read somewhere that one of the signs of weaning a Pionus to quickly was the automatic rifle sound and it is a sign of insecurity. My little guy does this... when he seems uncertain and doesn't want to step up, when someone points a finger at him, and
he does it a lot in the evening when my husband gets home from work.

We have had him for almost three weeks now. He does eat kibble...I offer parrot chop, but it doesn't interest him. He won't take anything offered with our fingers...he smacks his beak like he wants to try it, but he won't come near our fingers.

Should I just leave him as he is and continue to feed adult food or try offering him baby food with a syringe?

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Re: Weaning Process

Was he sold to you as weaned? Sometimes babies regress and offering food in a syringe might be a very good idea. Please read up on the importance of temperature, etc and how to avoid aspiration. There is much less risk in a baby that age. Also in older babies feeding is more about comfort than nutrition and can have a life long impact on his confidence. All baby birds wean at different ages even within a species, so no one can really say when he "should" wean. If he was force weaned (sounds likely) then he may need 1-2 feedings a day for much longer than he otherwise would have.


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Re: Weaning Process

Yes, he was supposedly weaned and the older of the two egg mate brothers. He did very well on the drive home (5 hours in the car). He only freaked out when I tried to cover him when we were back in the city and it was almost dark. He likes to know what is going on around him. Sammy is getting better at perching now, he still falls about once each day. And... he is starting to learn how to go down things instead of just jumping off and then climbing back up again. I'll do some research and pick up the supplies today and see if he wants any baby food from daddy. He simply adores my husband. Thank you.
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Re: Weaning Process

Yeah, if he is so young that he is still learning to perch, he was certainly force weaned. After this long he may not transition back, it's hard to tell before you try, but that should never have happened. Babies should be perching and flying and climbing long before weaning.


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Re: Weaning Process

I totally agree with SilverSage on this one, feed that baby until it refuses! It's just better for hem, and more natural.

Is this your only bird? When I had to pull a baby tiel (runt of the clutch) and handfeed he was down to 2 feedings a day before I had him join one of his siblings. She was already weaned and eating on her own. He must've seen her eating and just like that he refused formula completely and began eating completely on his own. It happens differently for every bird, but I think seeing other birds eating helps too.
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