I didn't know whether to post this here or in Food and Nutrition. I've posted here, since my questions pertain to the babies.
My three cockatiel babies are 26, 23, and 21 days old today! They are being parent raised, and all are doing very well, besides the youngest is developing a little slower than the oldest two did. He was only 3 grams when he hatched! I think the parents have been doing an awesome job for their first ever clutch.
Mom and dad have 24/7 access to Roudybush pellets. I'm home all day, so every couple of hours, they are fed fresh soft food. I alternate between mashed sweet potato with nutriberries, homemade bird bread, veggie chop with cooked beans and grains, and cooked frozen mixed veggies (corn, greens beans, peas, and carrots).
Before the babies, I was giving one tablespoon of seeds to each bird at 7 p.m., and then they go to bed at 11 p.m. I stopped feeding the seed until the smallest was over a week old, because I noticed when I would feed it, the babies would poop out whole seed. Since I've given it back, I have still noticed some whole seed in their poop, though not as much as before. Why are they not digesting the seed? Also, I didn't know how much more to be feeding them, so I give them a heaping tablespoon each of seed. How much should I actually be feeding?
My birds really love fresh sprouts, but I haven't given them any since the chicks hatched, because I read there is a concern over the bacteria. When can I start feeding sprouts again?
The oldest two babies had their first nibbles of millet yesterday while I had them out for play time. I get them out at least twice a day. I couldn't tell if they were actually cracking the seeds, but they had fun nibbling at it. Lol. What foods are okay to start letting them try to eat on their own when I have them out?