Handfeeding Problem

The African grey parrot is a medium-sized, predominantly grey, black-billed parrot. Their average weight is 400 grams (0.88 lb), with an average length of 33 centimetres (13 in) and an average wingspan of 46–52 cm. The Congo subspecies is a lighter grey, with darker grey over the head and both wings, while the head and body feathers have a slight white edge to them. The tail feathers are red. The Timneh subspecies is a darker gray and has a dark maroon colored tail as well as having a portion of their beak being light pink in color.
arman13
Egg
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:52 pm
Location: Malaysia

Handfeeding Problem

Postby arman13 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:50 pm

Hi everyone, I've recently bought a baby african grey aged about 5-6 weeks. This is not my first time handfeeding a baby parrots, previously I have ringneck, sun conure and budgie, as well as cockatiels (still novice though). I didn't face much problems handfed those babies, but with this new baby grey, after about one week I got him, now he is avoiding when i tried to handfeed using a modified syringe (a 25ml syringe coupled with about 3 inches rubber tube).

He looks fine other than feeding time when sometimes I saw him strecthing the wings and nibble the brooder edge/walls.

I already took him to the nearest vet's and they could not confirm the problem (could not x tray since too small) so the vet's just give anti inflammation medication (anti maloxine or something).

I'm just worried if the problem could not be cured and it would develop more health problem.

So, does anyone have experience and tips on how cured the problem? Please share.


Arman
Kelantan

User avatar
Tanin
Site Admin
Posts: 6300
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:41 am
Location: Malaysia
Location: Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact:

Re: Handfeeding Problem

Postby Tanin » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:13 am

Hi Arman,

Welcome to the forum.

I have no experiance with African Grey... but my 2 cent opinion will be:

- possibly he have some 'bad experiance' in taking the food from syringe, hence now try to avoid it.
- possibly he don't really like the formula (too watery; too hot @ cold etc)

if it was me, I will try this:
- monitor his weight (can use a normal digital weighing machine) to make sure his weight is in right track.
- try to close his eye with some towel and hand feed (this work for some Ekkies babies)
Best Regards,
Tanin

Now you can share any posting that you like to FBook!
Image


For more more detail on how to share, please visit:
viewtopic.php?f=54&t=11885

arman13
Egg
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:52 pm
Location: Malaysia

Re: Handfeeding Problem

Postby arman13 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:57 am

Thanks Tanin for the prompt response. A bit relieve if the possible cause is not from critical health condition. Sometimes it looks like he can only accept small amount of food than usual.I handfeed him every 5 to 6 hours, in the morning it would be about 7 hours to make sure the crop is empty. So when I handfeed the first 25ml, he will nervously try to eat, I have to slowsly open the beaks and slowly insert the syringe to his mouth (now I cut the rubber to only about 1.5 inches as suggested by the vet.) Since it looks like the crop is still small and the info from the net would be to handfeed about 40-45ml for his age, I will give another 15 to 20ml but this time he will totally reject the formula. I have no choice since to make sure he is not hungry so a little force is used. Normally it would take around half an hour to handfeed my poor baby.

Thanks anyway for sharing. Here is my baby grey
Attachments
pheobe24513.jpg

User avatar
Tanin
Site Admin
Posts: 6300
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:41 am
Location: Malaysia
Location: Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact:

Re: Handfeeding Problem

Postby Tanin » Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:12 pm

he is a handsome boy...
:coolphoto:

Best of luck Arman
Best Regards,
Tanin

Now you can share any posting that you like to FBook!
Image


For more more detail on how to share, please visit:
viewtopic.php?f=54&t=11885

arman13
Egg
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:52 pm
Location: Malaysia

Re: Handfeeding Problem

Postby arman13 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:36 pm

Update on Fibi. 16 day with me. Healty and active. Age about 6 weeks.
Attachments
fibi2_31dec13.jpg
fibi1_31dec13.jpg

User avatar
Tanin
Site Admin
Posts: 6300
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:41 am
Location: Malaysia
Location: Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact:

Re: Handfeeding Problem

Postby Tanin » Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:16 am

:bravo :coolphoto:
Best Regards,
Tanin

Now you can share any posting that you like to FBook!
Image


For more more detail on how to share, please visit:
viewtopic.php?f=54&t=11885


Return to “African Grey”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests