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Cool Yay, my Alexandrine baby is coming home on Saturday!

I have been wanting to get an Alexandrine for awhile, but they are hard to find around here. My mum rang one guy that said his Alexandrines are on eggs, and he would call back in a few weeks, but nothing! And then a lady emailed me about an Alexandrine she was wanting to re-home, but she keeps putting off ringing me despite saying she will. So, I have been stuffed around twice already, and I hope the second time was the LAST!

The other day, I came across an ad, my mum rang for me (I hate doing it, lol) and lady said she will hold an Alexandrine baby for me.

Well..

I was supposed to pick the baby up yesterday, but the lady rang and said her father will be up this way on Saturday and can drop my baby off! (It is a 4+ hour trip for me to go there and back via train) So, I HOPE and PRAY everything goes according to plan; and I will have my Alexandrine baby home in 2 days.
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Thats Great!!! to bad you were put off twice

I HATE PHONING PEOPLE.. I MESS UP AND START STUTTERING
i always try to make my mom call.. but she says i have to learn and just walks away... sigh. and leaves me in my panic to phone the lady myself..

cant wait to see pictures of the he/she!
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That is so great! I hope that she arrives safe and sound for you. Can't wait to see pics!

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GOOD LUCK! I always stutter too.....


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How exciting! My friend, Kristen (Persnickety Parrot) has two Alexandrines, a male and a female, and they are stunning!

Can't wait to see pics of your baby!
Congrats!

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I hope this one proves third time lucky. They are just such beautiful birds. I gather you will be hand raising it yourself. If you have any problems just give me a yell. They can be really funny around weaning time and I find they don't like to have all their food in one go. You need to give them a rest about half way through and then come back to them. With a spoon I can get around 130ml at least per feed into them at about 4 weeks. They also seem to do particularly well being hand raised on the mix that I make myself, so if you want the formula just yell.
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I hope this one works out, but it sure sounds like it will. Alexandrines always sound so nice. I understand why you want one.

When I was growing up I always made my older sister call for me and talk for me. Now I'm fine with phoning people, but I do understand being nervouse about it.


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Yay, Congrats! I am still learning about species that aren't super common in my area, can you tell me about Alexandrines? Maybe sharing will help kill the time while you wait.
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Huge congratulations! As an owner of two Alexandrines, i can say that I LOVE this species! They're hugely intelligent and entertaining. They're great eaters and entertain themselves with lots if toys and sift wood to chew. My two really enjoy chewing yucca. Cholla, balsa, thin pine slices. They LOVE foot toys. I can't make them fast enough to keep up. Lol


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CONGRATS I bet you can't wait I've never seen one in person!

Pics are a must, and you always take such good pictures. Looking forward to them

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Today is the BIG day! I can't wait for an update!
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Thanks everyone, I was so excited, yet nervous, yesterday.

Well, I am now hand-feeding/hand-raising 3 Alexandrine babies, instead of 1!! I get to pick which one I want to keep, not sure which one yet, I am going to have them DNA sexed.

They arrived yesterday morning, they are so small and are still pink blobs. They are currently 9 days old, 8 days old, and 7 days old. They are feeding like champs, took to the syringe straight away and my mum has been helping me out. They are being fed every 3 hours at the moment (that is how often we were told to feed them) 2 during the night which is 1am and 4am, I am so tired, but will get used to it.

Here is a quick photo of them, will get more later:




Kate, thank you for that, I will let you know if I need any more, I have 3kgs of formula at the moment, but it won't last long because I also have a Cockatiel I am hand-feeding at the moment, too.
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Those are ADORIBLE!


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Wow! Why the decision to bring home all three? I assume 2 will go back to the breeder?



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They are sooo cute! Congratulations! I also wanna know what is happening with the other two once you've weaned them? You'll have to make a progress thread on them, showing pictures as they go. Like a little diary

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It will actually be easier for you to hand raise the 3 instead of one. I used to get all three out and line them up for feeding. That way they got their break between and there was the sibling rivalry to eat the same as they would get in the nest with mum. Alex's are easy feeders when young and as they approach weaning they will slow down, that's when the rivalry makes it easier to get enough food into them. I found with mine that a temperature of at least 45C from the spoon is preferred. I usually do mine with a spoon rather than a syringe.

Here is my formula in case you need to look around to get some of the ingredients.

500g Farex Original Formula
200g Pear & Banana Cereal
200g Rice & Apple Cereal
200g Fruit & Muesli
100g Semolina
30g Brewers Yeast
40g Malt Powder
50g Egg Powder
75g Calcium
100g Dextrose
50g Sunflower Seed De Husked
200g Oat Bran
200g Polenta
150g Kelp Meal or Seaweed Meal
200g LSA (Linseed Sunflower & Almond Meal)


Grind in a blender.

Most is available from a good supermarket. The brewers yeast (powdered form) and Malt powder can be obtained from a home brew shop. Dextrose is in the supermarket and called Glucodin Powder. The whole egg powder I get from an avicultural supplier as I do myself for the brewers yeast and malt and the Calcium which is Calcium Carbonate. You should be able to get this from a stockfeed store or some pet shops, usually one that caters for dogs. The same with the Seaweed meal. Do an internet search for the whole egg powder and you should come up with a supplier that will mail order, this applies for the other products as well. All the rest are from the supermarket either in the health food section or the cereal section and the baby food section.

They are such cuties. Good luck.
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