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Handling The Eggs & Babies

I am very excited about my babies, to say the least! I begin handling them as eggs, carefully candling them to see if we have fertile eggs, then from the day they hatch and every day after that. There is always a reason I did each breeding, there is a goal I want to achieve and I am rigorously looking at the babies to see which one I get to keep.

Mom and dad are used to us getting into the nest box and taking out the babies and they are very accepting of it. 

You can be sure that each and every baby is taken handled to be sure its healthy and socialized. I love my babies and the parents so we treat them with the utmost love, care and respect. This way they will be ready for you to do the same when they arrive at your home. After all if they were born here, they have been handled since they were hatching's too! I don't breed a mass amount of birds which makes it impossible to properly socialize them. I just do a little at a time so that I can make each baby as sweet as they can be.

Caring For & Hand Feeding The Chicks

We house our babies in a nursery tank or bin with a specific under tank heater, and a locking screen top. We place a towel on the tank to keep the warmth in. We can technically start hand feeding and caring for the babies from day one in this type of set up. But it does not do the babies any better to be pulled that early. We prefer for our moms and dads to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labors for a little while.We prefer to pull our babies out and start hand feeding around 2-3 weeks old.

Each morning we weigh and chart each babies growth progress to make sure they are growing properly.

If the baby looses more than 10% of its weight we will have to take them to a vet to be sure there is no bacterial infection.  This would usually be caused from the crop not emptying in between feedings. Keeping it full all of the time causes sour crop which grows bacteria. Which is preventable by using the right hand feeding formula that includes probiotic's.

 

After I weigh them and give them a good look over, I make the hand feeding formula. This is a mixture of  ZuPreem Embrace, cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon (for circulation and kills parasites) and wheat germ oil.

I also add puree peas and broccoli to the hand feeding formula. I prefer to use all organic ingredients from our health food store to supplement with. We also add prime bird vitamins which are full of more pro-biotic's, vitamins, calcium and minerals. And I grind up Valencia peanuts and add it into the hand feeding formula. So if you have a peanut allergy let me know.  I can keep your bird away from it. This mixture is made the perfect temperature just like it came from mom. Which is 105F. Some feedings I put pure scrambled eggs in the syringe and hand feed that to them as well. I use both syringes and pipettes.

As the babies mature and begin to want to eat on their own, we place spray millet in the nursery to nibble on. Once they show interest in that we start offering moist foods such as veggies, sprouts, moist bird pellets and cooked brown rice & eggs. This gives them a great start and teaches healthy eating habits. Which is important throughout their life.

After they are weaned and ready to explore bigger and better things, They are introduced to a cage. 
Not with the adults though as they are not old enough to know how to use a big cage yet. Here they will learn to perch, fly and eat nutritious foods. 

Once they are barley weaned yet still infantile, we keep them until they can be taught to step up and work on talking. At that point they are are independent and ready for a life with you at home!

 

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

I also use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar sometimes in the formula. And in the parents water bottles. ACV cleans the crop of any bacteria and sour crop. Which can happen to birds at times. It keeps their crops emptying on time. It also cleans the gut and boost's their immune systems. It also adds essential minerals and vitamins to their diet. 

Here is the healthy pet link on the Bragg site. I can't explain the benefits any better then they do. :)

Updated 6.23.2019

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