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Hand-Rearing A Baby Parrot

January 31, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 185

Hand-rearing a baby African Grey Parrot or any other parrot for that matter is a risky thing to do if you do not have any hand-rearing knowledge and experience. It takes a great deal of dedication and it can be time-consuming.

If you do not have the experience of feeding a baby parrot you should not attempt to purchase a parrot or any other bird for hand-rearing. You could possibly harm the bird or even kill it. I would personally advice most people to buy a bird that has already been weaned. You might pay less to get a week old baby that needs continual care, but the additional expenses will probably be more than you bargained for. The formula made especially for baby African Grey Parrots, a brooder parrots and syringes are to name but a few.

Then there is the added risk that the new baby will not survive. You will have to keep record of each feeding, weigh the baby on a continual basis when hand-rearing a baby parrot and keep everything very sanitized.

The formula has to be the right temperature and of the right consistency, to cold and thick can result in food staying in the crop and resulting in bacteria to grow. To hot might lead to crop burn, to runny will cause malnutrition.

You must know how to open the African Grey's beak, if you do not; you could injure the beak and cause deformities. It may seem that a parrot has a strong beak, and adult parrots do but babies do not. This is one of the vital reasons for having experience in raising babies. The other is knowing where the air pipe is and which pipe goes down to the crop.

Then there is making sure that baby does not get to hot or too cold, both is disastrous and can have fatal outcomes. The baby cannot regulate his own body temperature therefore, you need to do that for him, since you have chosen hand-rearing.

That means a continuous check must be done, and you also need to know the signs of being too hot or cold. You will need to know how much formula to give the baby parrot, and when to introduce solid foods. You will need to know what to give the baby parrot to ensure that he gets sufficient vitamins and minerals.

Too little or too much could lead to many different health issues later. Hand-rearing does not take a couple of days, but rather weeks. It will demand a lot of your time and you need to patient, very patient. Never the less, should you decide hand-rearing a baby African Grey Parrot is the way to go; all this will certainly be worth the anxiety and frustration.

My advice to you would be to get a baby parrot from two weeks. Follow the advice of the breeder who has the necessary experience and that of your avian specialist. When planning to buy a baby parrot no matter how young or old there are a few things you need to look at especially if you are hand-rearing and want a healthy baby.

Most important is make sure that it is a breeder who has hand-rearing experience, as some of them have other people raising the baby parrot for them. The cages really need to be clean and the other birds should be in a well looked after condition. Ask the breeder what is the baby parrot eating, keep to that diet plan for a week or two, and slowly and gradually introduce other foods. Ask questions about the parents and ask to see them.

Do not be afraid to ask for hand-rearing advice and tips. Never accept a parrot if he shows any symptoms of illness, faeces on the tail or anal area if it is a baby, if they seem to be lethargic, have fluffed up feathers, if they scream when any one approaches them. If they are not fully alert and are clumsy.

Parrots have an instinctive need to conceal their illness but there are a few things like the above that give us an indication that everything is as it should be.

If after reading this article you still intend hand-rearing a baby parrot, go to my blog which will give you the additional info on hand-rearing a baby parrot that you will require.

Margaret-Ann is an animal and nature lover. She fell in love with parrots while still in primary school. The African Grey is her favorite parrot. The Congo and the Timneh have grabbed her attention the most. She has done a lot of research on both these parrots and admires their intelligence.

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