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Old 05-20-2020, 10:11 PM
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Hello everybody,
My baby conure is thriving! I've been hand-feeding birdie formula for about two weeks, and the bird is about 7 to 7-1/2 weeks old. I've already been through being told about obtaining an unweaned bird and am angry that I was sold one - especially being inexperienced. Be that as it may, the baby is mine and doing well. I have learned his little 'hungry sqwak' sound and he is familiar with the feeding ritual.

He still wants formula three times a day. I have fresh water, millet spray and fresh chop also in his cage, and he has been exploring it all. I have decided to let the bird decide when to stop the formula and want to know if that is a good thing? Or is is a good thing to reduce to feeding twice a day so he depends more on the fresh chop and millet? Sometimes he doesn't eat as much during the feedings and lets me know when he is done and doesn't want anymore. I say ok! I guess my question really is will the bird eventually wean himself? I have heard that sometimes even after having been weaned they still like that birdie formula. If that is true, is it a bad thing to continue letting the bird have the formula? So many questions! Anyway, thanks for any input.
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Old 05-20-2020, 10:24 PM
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Re: weaning

Its called abundance weaning, and is the best way to do it. Let the chick decide. And yeah some like that hit of formula every now and then, nothing wrng with it. I still offer it once in awhile to my 6 yr old Amazon. Its good to do that in case you need to get medicine in them - you know they are actually getting in thier system.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:51 AM
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Re: weaning

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I still offer it once in awhile to my 6 yr old Amazon. Its good to do that in case you need to get medicine in them - you know they are actually getting in thier system.
Good to know. Question...does it still need to be warmed up and checked with a thermometer when the bird is older?
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I still offer it once in awhile to my 6 yr old Amazon. Its good to do that in case you need to get medicine in them - you know they are actually getting in thier system.
Good to know. Question...does it still need to be warmed up and checked with a thermometer when the bird is older?
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Re: weaning

This talks about temperatures etc:
So you bought an unweaned baby...
abundance weaning is good---that is what all people should do when they wean birds.
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