Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outer Sydney Australia
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Hi Jaimie. I would seriously consider keeping it if I were you. If WIRES in Victoria are anything like they are in NSW they will probably put him down. Where I used to live the local vet would ring me whenever he had a Rainbow brought in as he would not give them to WIRES. If it hasn't got full flight or tail feathers they will immediately assume it has beak and feather disease, which it probably hasn't. I have bred and hand raised Rainbows for many years and when seeing young weaners in a cage you see how they play, and they play rough, will drag each other around the cage upside down and backwards by the tail. Any wonder they don't have a proper tail for about six months. Wild bred Rainbows can cope quite well coming into captivity, especially when they are quite young and if you work with them they can tame down really well. They are such funny cheeky little things and make great pets.
Now that the long weekend is over and you can obtain some proper food for him (remembering they are not seed eaters) I suggest you get some good lorikeet food. I make one and sell it but I am a bit far from you. But I do have a customer in Queensland and a couple in Sydney that I send mix to via mail. But I recommend you get Shep's Lory Wet, it is a good mix and should not be too hard to obtain at a good pet store. I would not bother with Shep's Dry mix as it is only a supplement to give them all the time in the cage if you can't give them wet at any time and they don't get hungry. If you want to feed them dry mix use the Shep's Wet as a dry mix as it has many more ingredients than the Dry. I also mix my wet mix with Cottee's Raspberry Cordial (full sugar type) as anecdotally it is anti-bacterial, and believe me it works, and you can't overdose them with it, they just get a little more hyper. I have been using the cordial when I hand raise all types of birds and have not had a case of sour crop since I started using it, and with the Lorikeets it helps stop any bacterial build up in the wet mix in hot weather. Just make it a deep pink colour. Also fruit and vegetables are required for them. Found they don't seem to like stone fruit like peaches that much, or pears and banana they are a bit iffy about. But most other fruits are appreciated as well as things like pumpkin, silver beet, endive, capsicum and orange sweet potato.
Good luck with the little one.