Brooder setup and routine?

Raikou

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Pair of Peach Faced Lovebirds. Jelly the Opaline Lutino and Toto the Wild Type Green.
Hi all, I have a pair of peach faced lovebirds who are currently producing their first clutch with me. Both are displaying the correct nesting and mate feeding behaviours appropriately, and eggs have been laid every other day no issue with there being three so far. The birds have been observed mating so are definitely a male and female (just so that question is answered before its asked lol).



I have had lovebird chicks before from a pair of fischers I owned around a decade ago - a poor parental choice on my mothers behalf looking back as as much as I loved them they were aviary bred and essentially feral, a bad idea for a birthday present for teenage me and she had them rehomed after only two years :C - and successfully got them hand tame and friendly just by regularly taking them out of the nest to handle and play with them from around 14 days onwards, with the parents taking care of feeding and warmth needs.


Providing incubation, hatching and early days goes well (as I know it can often happen where clutches fail to hatch, chicks dont thrive or the parents can reject them- whatever nature may decide) for my current pair I will likely do the same with any resulting chicks, but I have been trying to find information around hand raising them - both as something I may potentially seek to do in future and as something worth knowing in case of rejection or a particular chick needing one on one care. Now being an adult I have much more resources and funds to put towards the best care possible.



However I've not yet been able to find any adequate/specific guides on how to create a brooder to keep the chicks safe and warm in away from the parents, what temperature to keep them at, what sort of routine I would be looking for as to how often to feed a chick at each stage and different amounts as it grows etc etc. I've read up on topics such as abundance weaning in hand rearing and how to avoid food phobias and raise stable healthy birds, but thats about all I have found so far.


So does anyone have any good sources I could look at, or personal set ups and methods that have proved to work great, or even any books I should buy! I would never feel comfortable attempting to hand raise an animal without being confident I had all the information I could.


Thanks for any help. :rainbow1::orange:
 
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Raikou

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Pair of Peach Faced Lovebirds. Jelly the Opaline Lutino and Toto the Wild Type Green.
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Thanks for the information Laurasea, my only concern is the advice seems to be for a senegal. I assume the brooder advice and similar can apply to lovebirds as I dont imagine they would have vastly different temperature needs. But for feeding intervals and stuff is that applicable to lovebirds too? I'd ensure to monitor crops as I went and adjust feeding times accordingly if I was to hand feed since each one is an individual, but I want to have the best starting point possible basically!
 

Laurasea

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Most of the info is baby bird non specific , especially the links.

Besides development ages, Temps abd feed frequency and crop empties should be rge same.

You want to have a gram scale, a candy digital thermometer, and some to check trmp and humidity of your Brooder
 

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