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Question Baby incoming!

Okay. So I have a friend with four baby conure eggs. There's not much about the duty of raising a baby once it's hatched. I've done a TON of research but I figure I'd be safe and ask my pals here on the forums instead of going somewhere with the inexperienced and/or impersonal advice of the books at the library. Plus, unfortunately for me, I learn better by watching than reading. I've compiled a LOT of information into a little three ring binder that contains a lot of information.

So I suppose the real information I need consists of the following:

1. Where do I keep the bird? I know I need a sort of "birdy incubator" that's warm and can mimic the mother's heat, but what specifically and what can I build on a budget?

2. Does four times a day feeding sound correct? A strict diet schedule (of course) will be put into place to feed the birdy at least 4 times a day, but would it be twice at night and twice in the day, or all four in the day?

3. What should I avoid with the baby? What could potentially harm their poor developing brains, and what can help?

4. Where do I get food? When do I wean the baby?

I am really scared that these little guys will go somewhere where they will be mis cared for and maybe die, and I've been looking to raise my own chick for awhile. I've got a very large amount of dedication of time prepared and a back up plan if I get stuck somewhere and can't feed it, I guess I'm more looking for some preparation and ideas of what you've all experienced and what I should definitely NOT do, and what I definitely NEED to do. Anything that is often overlooked is also something that I'd like to hear about...I guess I'm just ready to be over prepared rather than under prepared.

Any help is appreciated though. Thank you

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1) You need a brooder, there's loads of nice and easy ways of making your own real cheap instead of forking out like 500 for a fancy one that does the same job. I like this one ...

2) Don't follow a schedule, go with your gut. Might sound crazy but I don't think any should be on a schedule because they will need to eat when they're hungry! I have noticed when hand raising birds that because the formula is fluid, it goes through them a lot quicker. However, when I watch my birds being parent raised they tend to have food in them for a very long time and so can go longer between feeds. How old will they be when you get them? The younger they are the more feedings they will need

3) In my opinion, I wouldn't expose them to a lot of stuff. I know most people want a 'well socialized' bird. Well that can happen over time. When babies are in the nest box it is dark, warm and secure. Being taken out it's cold, bright and pretty scary. I think some nice quiet handling sessions would be nice in between feeds, but handling is best off kept to a minimum while they're younger

4) You can get the food from any online bird store usually. And now a bit on weaning...

With weaning, there is no set time. This is why I don't believe in a schedule. If the bird is on a schedule then they're being forced to wean before they're ready which is detrimental to their mental well-being. Continue to feed them until they simply refuse their feedings and do some research into abundance weaning... I think I can get you a link up...

Hope that helps a little and good luck. It's very, very hard work!

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Feed him every time his crop is empty and skip one feeding at night to make sure the crop is completely empty once a day (prevents sour crop).
Make sure you check the formula's temperature a couple of times during the feedings (you don't want to feed him cold formula).
Keep him in the dark. Parrot babies are born with their vision still developing and exposing them to light can damage their eyes for the rest of their life (their cornea flattens and they develop an impairment like presbyopia in old people).
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The others have given you some great information and I really wish you the best of luck!

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