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Old 02-22-2017, 07:07 PM
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Glad to report that after a day of frequent feedings I am finally seeing a proper bob and shriek response...I think of it as "playing pterodactyl". It's not taking enough to stretch crop out like it was when parents were feeding, but it looks much more normal to me, and baby's energy levels are definitely up.
Hopefully baby was just weak and dehydrated. I have an appt with avian vet tomorrow am if not entirely improved, although their initial thoughts was that if a 3 week old cockatiel chick wasn't eating properly, there probably was probably something serious wrong that wouldn't be treatable.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:09 PM
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Thank you everyone who's replied last few days. I have handfed chicks of a few different species before, but always with somebody with more experience to monitor. It's more nerve wracking when you're solo.
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It definitely is! Glad to see the baby is improved!
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Th partially handfeed chicks almost never get "the pumping response"'-thats for 100% hadfeed ones. Try reducing the tickness even more.I do feed mine a rather thin formula and check the temperature-on my inner wrist skin-by applying few drops if it burns-rinse the dropper under tap water and try again.Th temperature is just right when it doesnt burn anymore. I slowly give them about 5-10 ml of formula-inserting dropper from the left side of the beak. No pumping response ever but they do take in some food. (my chicks are partially fed once a day).Dont give up and keep trying. if parents are ignoring the baby,he must be fed several times a day
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another thing I wanted to say- why there is only one chick?? I do hope the bedding is appropriate, when I was new to the breeding I had low hatch rate due to me using shredded paper towels as bedding. Or the pair may be brother and sister
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There were 4 eggs in the clutch, 2 clear and 2 fertile. One hatched but took a long, long time to get out of the shell and died by the time it made it. This one made it. The pair is older. It may be that they aren't very fertile anymore, or it may be that she started laying before they actually mated. I wasn't using any artificial lights for them and it was still long nights and short days, I was very surprised that they started nesting at all. But it was the first two eggs laid that were clear. According to the breeder I bought them from, the pair is not related.
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*bedding is wood chips although they threw most of it out
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