I just put a deposit down on a blue fronted amazon. He is 6 weeks old and growing like a weed. I saw him 3 days ago and tonight when I held him I could feel he had gained weight and was bigger with more feathers.
He is being feed a mix of formula,baby rice cereal,pureed baby veggies or fruit with pellets twice a day. Morning and bedtime. The mid day feeding is cooked diced carrots,peas,corn and green beans all fed by hand. He has pellets and water in his cage at all times.
I fed him his formula tonight from a spoon while the breeder observed. She told me whenever I was ready I could bring him home as long as I was willing to do the formula feedings 2x a day.
My plan is for him to wean when he is ready. I will introduce new veggies and fruit (soft) until he can pick food up in his feet to eat it. Then introduce the greens and some raw.
Even after he is weaned I plan to still handfeed him at least once a day. My purpose of this is for bonding and comfort. He will be out of cage for play and cuddle time then put back in to sleep and learn to play with his toys. When he gets a bit older and doesn't need as much sleep he will be out more and the training perch will be introduced. In the beginning, I want to hold and cuddle him to make him feel secure and know how much he is loved.
The breeders told me tonight that they knew he would be very spoiled hehe
He has a sibling that is 4 days younger. He seems more needy so during my visit tonight he got extra cuddle time from me. At one point I had one on each shoulder nestled in under my hair...cooing away and very content. I wish I could get both of them because this youngest little fella clung to me and was very sad when I put him back in his cage. He is going to need an owner with a lot of patience and time to spend with him. I literally had to pry him off my hand. When I put him in the cage he got back on my hand and held on tight. Then sat by his food dish with his head down and watched every move I made. Broke my heart.
From what I have said do you all think I have a good handle on the feeding and bonding issues? I want my little fella to grow up happy and content with a great feeling of security within the household.
Oh my babies name is Gizmo .