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Hi to all the community, my name is Marvic and I am from the island of Gozo Republic of Malta. It is my first time here, wanted to say hello. I have been browsing on Google about Rainbow Lorikeets as I have bought one of 4 weeks and I have found this community which is very informative. I am hand rearing the chick with Lorikeets formula which is helping a lot but I am noticing that Chiko is seeking from the floor of the box, is it possible that it is already time for him for weening?? This is not the first time I hand reared a parrot but it was always a seed eater which for sure too early to be weened after 4 weeks. Can someone explain if this is possible pls
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Hi and welcome, I am sorry I have no answers for you but we do have a few experienced lory folks here... I believe Kate is about as knowledgeable about lories as anyone you will meet.. Hope she is on soon, Daisy also has a lot of knowledge on lories as do a few others.
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Thank you ParrotletsRock!

Welcome to the forum. Have you hand reared before? I would have started him off on a good hand rearing formula and then moved up to the lory nectar, personally. Lories and lorikeets grow very fast so he could well be looking for more. I would cup up chunks of fruit so he can have a go at eating them on his own

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I have hand reared budgies, conures, grass parakeets and cockatiels all seed eaters which take a long time to wean not only 4 weeks, next monday I go to buy lories adult wet formula with nectar and see what happens. Thanks for the answer.
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I always use my lorikeet mix to hand raise my lorikeets, if it is good enough for the parents to feed the babies and they grow then it is fine for me to use it as well. Lorikeets are much easier to hand raise and also to wean. But maybe your baby is not eating enough at each feed. With lorikeets temperature of the food is very important. Lorikeets like their food much hotter than most seed eaters. When I feed mine the temperature is between 45C to 50C and they will then wolf it down at a 100 mph. I use a bent spoon to hand raise with and if it was too hot they would not eat it. I started out using the recommended temperature of 40C and they were very sluggish at eating. I increased the temp slightly and they ate better, again I increased the temp and they ate more again. So you could try the same, increase the temp slightly and see if he likes it better. Oh and even after 20 years of hand raising, I still use a thermometer to test the food for every feed. I don't ever rely on testing it on my wrist or lip to see if it is the correct temperature.

A lot depends too on the brand of lorikeet food you are using. A good quality one should be mixed to the consistency of runny yoghurt or melted ice cream. The ones that are very watery do not have enough nutrition in them to be a good mix. I make my own and have done for 16 years now and the birds do well on it.

Giving him some small amounts of fresh fruit as Daisy suggested will not hurt either.

Weaning is very easy. I mix up the food to the same consistency and temperature that I would use for spooning and fill a small bowl right to the top and then push the babies beak into it, the same as you would do if you were trying to teach a puppy to drink and eat. It often takes a few tries but I have found I can wean a baby lorikeet in a few days as opposed to a seed eater that takes at least 2 weeks to wean.

Good luck with baby Chiko Marvic. Lorikeets are great fun and amazing little birds.
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