On my previous post, I shared about my unforgettable experience of raising Kacy and my opinions on hand-raising a baby parrot. Hand-feeding baby Kacy was indeed tiring but I truly enjoyed every session. It was really fun!
After viewing the video collection, did Baby Kacy melt you? Tempted to get a baby parrot?
Please don’t get an unweaned baby parrot because you find them cute!
Many new owners chose unweaned baby parrots out of their undeniably cuteness, but they failed to realize that raising a baby parrot involved hard work, effort and time. Often the baby parrots died, due to incorrect hand-feeding techniques and owners lack the required knowledge and hand-on experience. All this tragedies can be prevented, give these delicate creatures a chance to live!
Remember the statement I mentioned on my previous post, “Get a weaned parrot! Don’t get an unweaned chick!” Experienced parrot owners always gave this piece of good advice to the new and soon-to-be parrot owners. Firm, yet extremely important message to share!
Raising a baby parrot involve the required knowledge, hand-on experience, lots of hard work, and most importantly time factor! It is definitely not as easy as raising duckling or backyard poultry.
There are vast differences between baby parrot, ducklings and poultry chicks! Ducklings and poultry chicks can readily eat and drink on their own after they are hatched, but not baby parrot. Baby parrots after they are hatched are extremely delicate! They can’t eat and drink on their own, thus requires hand-feeding to ensure they receive sufficient nutrient and fluid. Hand-feeding procedures continue until the baby parrots are fully weanedÂ – meaning they can eat and drink on their own.
Now back on my sharing on hand feeding Kacy, I personally adopted the abundance weaning concept – meaning hand-feedings continue until they decide that they are ready to eat solid foods and drink water on their own, and used the spoon-feeding technique out of syringe or tube-feeding techniques. Spoon-feeding is a hand-feeding technique which the sides of a teaspoon are slightly bent up to simulate the upper mandible of the adult parrot.
Spoon-feeding technique is much safer and baby Kacy had much more control on the flow and intake of the formula. Although with this technique, it did take longer to feed, much messier, but baby Kacy can truly taste and enjoy her meals at her own pace. In my opinion, Kacy weaned much easily and much faster with spoon-feeding technique.
Finally, I benefited more than just experiences from hand-feeding baby Kacy. It had shaped me well to be much more patient, a much better “parront” in another words parent of parrot, giving me more opportunities to build rapport and stronger bond with Kacy.
Raising Baby Kacy
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