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I'm new to the website and I was wondering if someone may help me. I have a 7 week old IRN, not sexed yet. She hasn't been receiving much formula and I am worried she is starving. She eats pellets/seeds, some veggies, and fruits (not much though, she is more like experimenting. She is not interested in the morning, nor in mid-afternoon, when the evening comes depending on how hungry she is she will eat around 16cc's (especially to sleep). The problem is that she will have a taste and then shut her beak and will not eat anymore. Also, she is extremely active, she flies, and loves to explore everything.

Please, any advice would really help.

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Hi cym_lyp welcome to the forum, most irn's start weening at 6 - 7 weeks of age and show they aren't as interested in formula anymore but will take a little from time to time. So fresh fruits veggies beans and pellets can be offered.

To really know what is happening now is for you to weigh the bird before feeding it, measure the amount of formula you give and then weigh the bird after feeding.

Here is a link to hand feeding and rearing an IRN chick it pretty much describes what you are saying your chick is doing so maybe you will get some helpful advice to your concern. I hope it helps.

By the way, what have you named your new bird friend?


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His name is Kiwi. Thanks so much for the tips. I've been weighing him daily in the mornings, he sometimes weighs 2 gr less but by the afternoon he gains them back. He is very spoiled and he actually had a vet checkup last week, everything is good. ?
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His name is Kiwi. Thanks so much for the tips. I've been weighing him daily in the mornings, he sometimes weighs 2 gr less but by the afternoon he gains them back. He is very spoiled and he actually had a vet checkup last week, everything is good. ?
Sounds like you have the weighing figured out so you know what to look for. What formula are you feeding him?

Spoiled is good this means you will have a playful character to keep you smiling and on your toes as he grows.

Gees they are so cute when they are chicklettes! and Kiwi is a prefect name for him as he's the same color as one.




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I know! They are so cute! I'm feeding him Kaytee Exact Handfeeding Formula.
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I know! They are so cute! I'm feeding him Kaytee Exact Handfeeding Formula.
Kaytee Ex is a perfect mix for him.

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Quick Update..

I realized he just has formula in the night (He eats around 1 1/2 - 2 syringe, 1 syringe is 12cc's) . However, during the day he doesn't want to eat that much, I try feeding him all kinds of food (rice, corn, veggies, sweet potato, fruits) all just takes a little bite and runs away to fly. This week that all he wants to do, fly everywhere (fortunately my ceilings are not high) ! I'm very worried. Any suggestions?
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Quick Update..

I realized he just has formula in the night (He eats around 1 1/2 - 2 syringe, 1 syringe is 12cc's) . However, during the day he doesn't want to eat that much, I try feeding him all kinds of food (rice, corn, veggies, sweet potato, fruits) all just takes a little bite and runs away to fly. This week that all he wants to do, fly everywhere (fortunately my ceilings are not high) ! I'm very worried. Any suggestions?
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He sounds like he's weening and his behavior is all natural, keep weighing him to check he isn't dropping too much weight. He will pick at his food for now because its all new so keep offering all sorts of things to him to encourage him to taste and get interested.

You can sprout some of his seed for him or beans and other types of foods there are a few threads here about how to do that. He just might enjoy the sprouts.

https://www.talkparrots.com/18-parrot...h-sprouts.html

https://www.talkparrots.com/18-parrot...rout-seed.html





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Hello and welcome to the forum

As a hand raised bird I would say you'd be looking at about 12 weeks to weaning. Parent raised birds wean considerably quicker. Does he cry out for food or does he seem quite content?

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