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I am so sorry Daisy.
I do have an idea of what may have been the problem. How was he being kept before you got him. If he was kept at too cold a temperature that could have caused a bigger problem than many people think. I have seen this on a couple of occassions now. When we had some severe storms years ago a friend lost his power, and it was going to be out for days. He had lots of baby Californian Quail, both chicks and eggs. I still had power and he contacted me and I had the incubator and a brooder here for about 1 week. But the time they where without power to keep them warm ended up causing a big problem. About half the eggs failed to hatch, but that was expected, but also with the young babies more than half of them died as well. Of the ones that survived nearly every one was dead by the time they were about 6 months old. It turned out that the drop in body temperature caused the kidneys to fail, and this can occur at least up to 12 months of age. I also had first hand experience with this with a Princess Parrot. The mother was killed on the Sunday and the breeder couldn't hand raise and had no equipment. He waited until the Monday to ring me. Brought the baby round that afternoon and I found out that the baby had been left in the nest overnight on its own and it was unfeathered. Males will not sit on or feed babies. I had problems with the baby while I was raising it, crop kept stopping, so I had a real fight getting it to survive. He came good and weaned beautifully. He had been weaned about 1 month when all of a sudden he went backwards. Stopped eating and drinking. I had to resort to crop feeding again. The night before he was due to go home he just dropped dead. His kidneys and liver failed. All this was caused by his body temperature dropping and dehydration.
You said he was being fed rice and milk. Milk will not hydrate anybody unless you are a baby cow. Water is needed for hydration. I doubt rice was the cause. My Lorikeet Mix and also my hand raising mix are both based on Rice Cereal as it the top selling brand of Lorikeet Mix sold here in Australia. And they also contain Skim Milk Powder. I have raised countless numbers of babies with no problems including half the cockatoo family that I have outside as well as all my Lorikeets. The iron content is not a problem as rice is not really that high in iron. Even the High Protein Rice Cereal which has added iron is not a problem. (This has been scientifically tested) And the highest selling Lorikeet Mix which uses High Protein Rice Cereal has been on the market for about 30 years, so a problem would have showed up by now.
I think it is the combination of a young babies body temperature dropping combined with dehydration will cause significant problems even months down the track. The body temperature only has to drop a couple of degrees for this to happen. So they need to be kept warm enough in the brooder.
Hope this helps somewhat.
Last edited by Kate; 02-23-2013 at 05:29 PM.