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Bought a unweaned bourke parakeet

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This is my first post on the forum.
I have very recently adopted a normal bourke parakeet.
I was told by the breeder she was still getting one hand feeding per day. And was about 12 week old. She showed me how to handfeed her and told me it was no big deal. Being inexperienced I trusted that it would be fine. Silly silly me.
Well, as I was driving home it was 3 hours away she phoned and told me that she was actually only 6 weeks old and may still need approximately 3 feedings a day. When I asked her why she lied and how she could forget something like that she simply said well I have a lot of birds, it's hard to keep track.
Sorry for the long story, I hope it makes sense.
Pretty much I'm looking for as much advice and tips as I can get. I'm feeling anxious and not nearly educated enough. We just adore this little birdie and want to do it perfectly. Thanks in advance. Looking forward to chatting.
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Welcome to the forum! Without offending you, I'd like to say that this is exactly why breeders shouldn't be selling unweaned birds and they sound like a liar to me. Trying to make a bit of cash and doing half the work

What sort of help do you need ? My birds are usually in a baby cage around 6 weeks, not long out of the brooder. Warmth is key right now I would say

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Welcome,
That is a very bad breeder!
I would feed formula off of a bent teaspoon it is safer.
Bend up the sides on an old spoon so it makes a spout sort of shape.
Make up formula as per instructions and check the temperature with a thermometer.
You can keep it warm by putting the bowl of formula in hot water but keep an eye on the temperature.
Hold the spoon full of formula at the end of the birds beak.
It should get the message.
It will also get very messy, you will need paper towels.
Good luck.
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what a terrible breeder! i don't understand who would sell an unweaned baby without telling the purchaser.
good luck though i'm sure you'll do just fine!

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Is the chick taking the feedings?
Are you certain that this por chick has been hand-reared before and she hasn't just taken a chick out of nest and given it to you? At this age she would be starting to wean and they are normally weaned around 8 weeks old so if she is not used to feedings she will not accept them readily.

Are you in the UK or a different country?
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This is cockatiels but the principle is the same. I hope this helps x

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hand feeding utentils

hand feeding video.htm

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I am currently handfeeding a 5week old cockateil and it's a lot more difficult to feed than it's 4week old sibling I'll admit! I got them a week ago so the youngest was still in that nice 2-3week old age usually used for removing from nest to handrear but the other was already 4weeks old and getting ready to fledge. It was scared of me and would take a few ml then refuse the rest. These were wild out of an aviary so that had a lot to do with it. If your truely was handreared already by the breeder then it should eat fine.

If it wasn't you may find it just laps at the food to start with and not take a full feed for the first 24-48hrs. At fledgling age it is also normal for them to lose some weight in order to get off the ground but they shouldn't lose too much. They will also start to refuse formula in favour of millet, fruit, veg and other seeds/pellets.

I will try to find something for bourkes weight guidelines...

I found my fledging prefers to take a feed in 3 parts and I'm lucky as I'm handrearing two other birds...so I feed the oldest a few ml first then she loses interest...then I feed the 2nd teil...then I feed the oldest a few more ml...then I feed the linnie...then I feed the oldest one last time and pop her back. I let her potter about inbetween and she really seems to like it. She even took her first flight today in between feeds! She doesn't like to sit on a towel on my knee, she prefers sitting on the floor between my legs or perched on one hand while I feed with the other.


[edit] Sorry I can't seem to find a growth chart just a few blogs that don't give all the information. This just advises about being clumsey fliers when fledging also http://www.aacc.ca/parakeets.html

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Thanks everyone so much for your responses. Much appreciated.
Yes she was definately handfed. She's a very eager eater. I'm using a syringe at the moment which she handles just fine, and I'm very cautious about the temp. I have roudybush and seed in dishes around her cage that she does sample now and again. Which I'm hoping is a good sign. I suppose I'm just curious how many feeding she needs and for how long. I am feeding her at 7:00 am, 2:30 pm, and 10:00pm at the moment. How will I know when to taper off from that?
She is such a funny little bird, I have also put lots of toys in her cage, she adores anything paper, and bells. She plays away. I also have everything lower in her cage as to help her navigate at the moment.
Yes the breeder was a real piece of work. I just can't get over the dishonesty really. Like telling me after I leave.
Anyways, I'm hoping it all works out. I will do my utmost to make sure she is taken care of. Again thank you so much for the feedback. Feels free to keeps the tips comin if you think of anything else, lol.
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I phoned her this morning and asked her the exact day she hatched and she told me on April 7th. So that would make her 46 days old? Maybe not a young as she said. I can't even tell you how frustrating these inconsistencies have been.
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Ahh your laws are different to ours then. Over here it's illegal to sell unweaned animals so you could have reported her, don't think you can where you are if it's legal.

As long as she is feeding and her crop empties one every 24 hours she should be fine. Take care though as Bourkes are more prone to bacterial infections. Nows the time to be offering her fresh veg as well
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I have been handfeeding for years. I keep offering until they stop taking it. When it starts to take less at a feeding, then cut it down to two feedings a day , morning and night. Then down to one feeding a day at night. Sounds [email protected] you are doing great!

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Thanks again guys! Great tips! Much appreciated. She's still doing great. Eating quite a bit of seed and roudybush. She's always sitting around the dish, lol.
What kind of sterilization precautions should I be taking? I have been rinsing her syringe in very hot water, should I be doing more than that?
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You could probably wash some F10 through it and rinse it thoroughly with that. I clean everything with it!

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