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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a baby little lorikeet that crashed into my window nearly 2 weeks ago. Really don't know how old he is. He is doing really good. I am feeding him wet food from a syring. He is loving it and gulps it up with no problems. I really need to know how do I wean him off the wet food on to seeds and fruit/vegs. Thank You for any help I can get... If u need a photo I can put one up.
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Hi Debbie and welcome. Firstly congrats on rescuing the little guy. Second Lorikeets are not seed eaters, they are pollen and nectar feeders. For it to fly into your window, I presume you are in Australia. A picture would be great to identify what type of Lorikeet he is and I also may be able to give a rough idea of age. Be aware there are still 3 species of Lorikeet that in NSW a licence is required for. They are The Little Lorikeet, Varied Lorikeet and Purple Crowned Lorikeet, all others are exempt from the licencing system.

As for diet. You will need to obtain a good quality Lorikeet Mix from a pet shop. One of the better ones on the market is Shep's Lory Wet, forget about the dry. You can feed the Lory Wet either wet or dry. The dry mix is only a supplement and is not a complete diet where the wet mix is. You can feed it dry or wet. Make sure the bird has plenty of water, they also like to bath so make sure the dish is not too deep as they will really drench themselves and cannot fly very well and could drown if the container is too deep. To wean him make up the wet mix with hot water the same as you would do for the syringe and put it in a container, make the container quite full as it is easier for them to figure things out, and just like a puppy that you are trying to teach to drink, push his beak into the food, he will soon get the idea and will eat from the bowl very easily. Ideally they should only get enough wet mix that can be eaten in a couple of hours, otherwise in hot weather it can sour and make him sick. You can put some of the wet mix in as a dry powder in a container and he will eat that as well. Usually they get some of the powder in their beak then go to the water and make their own wet mix that way. Once he has figured out eating from the container you can mix the food with just plain cold water and he will be fine.

As for fruits and vegetables, yes Lorikeets will eat them. Apple is a favourite, stone fruit like peaches, plums and nectarines are not particularly liked by them so I don't bother with them. The same goes for pears, they can take them or leave them. But the do often like mango, honeydew melon, rockmelon, kiwi fruit, strawberries, greens like silverbeet and spinach, endive, celery, particularly the leaves, pumpkin, corn, capsicum and chilli. Just to name a few. But it does take them a bit of time to figure out what they are and that they are edible. You will soon find out what they like best.
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Yes I am from Sydney, Australia.Thank u Kate for the great info. I am doing it all right so far. I have tried to upload some photos but it is not working.. I have just put him as my avatar picture. I hope this helps to try and work out how old he is

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Yes it is definitely a Little Lorikeet. Unfortunately this type of Lorikeet's beak does not change colour as it matures but stays basically black, so no I can't say that it is a young bird. With the Rainbow Lorikeets as babies their beak is black and at around 12 weeks it starts changing to the red/orange colour of an adult.

I live out near Windsor and have lots of lorikeets around me and I have never seen a Little Lorikeet in this area, my suspicion is that this maybe an escapee. He appears to be too tame for a wild bird, even a young one, although that would also depend on how long you have had him. Littles can also be difficult to sex, generally speaking the males have a larger, deeper red facial mask and a darker brown colouring of the nape of the neck and mantle. Females are also often slightly heavier, so without looking at a known pair it is very difficult to tell.
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Welcome Debbie and thank you so much for rescuing the little lorikeet.
You got great advice. I wish you much fun with your new little baby!
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Welcome to the forum! You've got fantastic replies off Kate so I won't comment further, but I just wanna say what a cute bird you have. I'm a huge fan of lories and lorikeets
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Welcome to the forum! I don't have any advice but I wish you luck.




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Debbie! Congratulations on your successful rescue of this little one to have it two weeks already! Very interesting will enjoy updates. Lovely avatar of your baby. Welcome to our group

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