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Update on Baby Galah's

Time I updated on the Baby Galah's. The eldest one is doing great but I have had problems with the younger one. He never had a good feeding response and I think Mum may have had problems with him as well. A couple of weeks into spoon feeding he started refusing to eat from the spoon nearly completely. I gave him 2 feeds to improve and he didn't so I went to using the crop needle and force feeding him. If I had not done this I would have lost him. He is a lot smaller than the elder one as there is about 6 days difference in age as the middle egg did not hatch. This is one of the reasons why he is smaller for a start and I think the older one was hogging the food when they were still with mum. He is improving but it is slow going.

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Please excuse the condition of the brooder, these are the messiest Galah's I have ever raised. They were only given a clean brooder last night after they had been fed.

And now for the ring in. I got this guy about 2 weeks ago. He is a part payment for an exchange a friend of mine has done with a mutual friend. Another one of the opposite sex will be coming soon hopefully. He/she has already been blood tested for DNA testing. I think this one is a male, he has the sweetest nature very much like their cousins the Alexandrine. He is going to be a very big boy and is so delightful to hand raise. I wish I was keeping him but further down the track when he and his mate breed I will be getting a baby from them. He is a Derbyan. They have a temperament very similar to the Alex but I believe puberty is not so severe with them. At about 12 months to 2 years the hen's beak will change colour to a solid black. Apparently they among the best talkers of all the parrots similar to the Amazons. Here is the baby, he is about 6 weeks.









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Oh, so cute!! Messy little 'toos. I hope the smaller one does better for you, I hate when they're that stubborn about being fed. I always feel a little guilty force feeding them as they seem so darn uncomfortable and unhappy about it :/



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The babies are all cute. Are you going to handraise the Derbyans for someone else to set up as breeders? They are very interesting and beautiful.


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Yes Nanay they are going to be established as a breeding pair. My friend has already obtained a pair of Alexandrines as well as a pair of Eclectus. He had a pair of Buru Red Lory's and the male died. He sort of permanently loaned the hen to another friend of mine who had a male but had lost the female. This pair have bred and the Derbyans are in payment for the Buru and the youngsters. We are just waiting for a second baby of the opposite sex to hatch and get old enough to DNA so he will have an unrelated pair.
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Aww about the little guy. Glad he's making it though. I love the Derbyan...Nice pictures, thanks for sharing.

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Awh they're all so damn cute. I wish I could have them haha. They're all really sweet looking. Will you be keeping them for yourself or selling them on? If you sell them I hope they go to somebody worthy of them !!
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The Galah's are for sale and I will make sure they go to good homes. I bred them myself and they have really lovely natures. I am pretty sure the oldest is a hen and the younger is a male. The hen is so sweet just like her big sister who I still have. I also think at least one is on the verge of talking, not bad for just on 9 weeks. They are now out in a cage and starting to wean.

The Derbeyan is now also out in a cage and starting to wean. He is definitely a male, I was pretty sure he was. I picked up his partner on Friday, a lovely little girl from different parents. She is 3 to 4 weeks. I am hand raising them for a friend and they are going to be a breeding pair eventually. Hopefully when they breed I am getting one of their babies. My friend is so thrilled with the boy.

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Ahh cool. I really wish I could have a Galah. The ones I've been around have been so sweet and cuddly. And that is pretty cool for nine weeks!

The Derbeyan is actually adorable. It's great that you're getting two together for your friend and I think they're pretty lucky to have such gorgeous little birds
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